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Activision reveals Escalation

The first map pack has sold more than 1.7 million units in sales across the three major gaming services: Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC (That includes Steam.) First Strike sold so much that Treyarch decided to release the first details of a map pack called “Escalation,” which will release on Xbox Live first on May 3rd.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation Coming First to Xbox LIVE May 3

New Content Pack Follows Record Setting DLC Launch; Worldwide Invasion in 22 Days

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The global phenomenon that is Call of Duty: Black Ops, which has set video game and entertainment records, is poised to raise the stakes on May 3rd with the release of its second content pack Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation. Call of Duty: Black Ops continues to attract millions of gamers around the world online, logging more than 2 billion hours played and counting. The game’s debut content pack, First Strike, shattered Xbox LIVE® launch records upon its release in February when it surpassed 1.4 million downloads in the first 24 hours alone. The follow up content pack, Escalation, will launch first on Xbox LIVE and features four all-new multiplayer maps, and a Zombies experience like none before it

“In crafting the Escalation multiplayer maps — Zoo, Convoy, Hotel and Stockpile — the team developed them to be distinct experiences in their own right, giving players the variety they crave in both setting and gameplay,” said Treyarch Studio Head, Mark Lamia. “And I don’t want to spoil any surprises for Zombies fans, but Call of the Dead takes it to a whole new level.”

Developed by Treyarch and published by Activision Publishing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), Call of Duty: Black Ops is rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence and Strong Language. For additional Call of Duty updates, visit and also via Twitter @Treyarch.

Additionally, to celebrate the upcoming release of Escalation, Treyarch will host a Double XP weekend beginning Friday, May 6th.

Source: Press Release

Additionally, Treyarch released information on what the maps are:

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation downloadable content pack will launch worldwide, first on Xbox Live on May 3, 2011.

Escalation contains 5 all-new exceptionally varied maps; featuring 4 Multiplayer maps and an epic Zombies experience with all-new playable characters.

In Multiplayer, battle it out in “Hotel”, on the roof of a Cuban luxury hotel and casino against the vivid backdrop of old Havana; “Convoy” delivers intense, close-quarters combat at the scene of an ambushed US military convoy; “Zoo” takes you on a wild ride in an abandoned Soviet Russian Zoo, with danger at every turn; “Stockpile” pits players in a remote Russian farm town housing secret WMD facilities.

For Zombies fans, “Escalation” features a unique Zombies experience. We can’t wait to take the wraps off of our new Zombies map, Call of the Dead, a very special creation for all Zombies fans.

Additionally, to celebrate the upcoming release, there will be a Black Ops Double XP weekend beginning Friday, May 6th.

Source: Official Call of Duty Site

Stay tuned as we learn more of Black Ops: Escalation.