Santa Monica, CA - April 16, 2013 - Coming out right on the heels of the inaugural Call of DutyŽ Championship, presented by Xbox, which set records as the biggest live event ever streamed on Xbox LIVEŽ, and the largest concurrent viewership for a live streamed console game tournament on Twitch, Call of DutyŽ: Black Ops II Uprising, is available today, exclusively on Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360Ž video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, with other platforms to follow. The second Downloadable Content (DLC) Map Pack from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and its award-winning studio Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising includes four new, diverse multiplayer maps and the groundbreaking "Mob of the Dead" Zombies experience, featuring legendary Hollywood actors Ray Liotta, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, and Michael Madsen as four mobster inmates trying to escape a zombie infested Alcatraz.
"Uprising is equal parts creativity and passion, all rolled into four amazing multiplayer maps, and entirely new and ambitious 'Mob of the Dead' Zombies experience," said Mark Lamia, Treyarch's Studio Head. "We've packed a ton of gameplay into the multiplayer maps, including game-changing environmental challenges and opportunities. And with 'Mob of the Dead,' the team has pushed the boundaries of the Zombies fiction into new territory, anchored by top Hollywood talent."
Following tradition of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops fan-favorite Zombies mode "Call of the Dead," Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising's chilling new "Mob of the Dead" Zombies experience puts players in the shoes of four prohibition-era mobsters, Billy Handsome (Liotta), Al "The Weasel" Arlington (Pantoliano), Salvatore "Sal" DeLuca (Palminteri), and Michael "Finn" O'Leary (Madsen), serving time in Alcatraz Prison only to discover that being behind bars is the least of their problems. In order to survive, players must work their way through the steel cells and aging concrete buildings while fighting off a multitude of zombified prisoners and guards trapped on the island with them.
Uprising also debuts four new, exotic and unique multiplayer maps set around the globe: "Magma" is a modern Japanese village with volcanic eruptions carving multiple paths throughout the town; "Encore" takes place in the aftermath of a deserted London music festival and leaves numerous opportunities for plenty of run-and-gun, close quarters combat; "Vertigo" is a futuristic high-rise mega-structure located in India and features dizzying vistas and multi-tiered pathways; finally, "Studio" is a contemporary re-imagining of "Firing Range," the fan-favorite multiplayer map from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. "Studio" is a Hollywood movie back lot with a variety of cinematic themes that range from Sci-Fi to the Old West.
Celebrating today's launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising, Treyarch is hosting a Grudge Match between two professional football players from this year's Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens. Running Back Ray Rice & Wide Receiver Torrey Smith will go head-to-head, each captaining a team of development team members, as they go head-to-head in an intense battle for bragging rights playing on the new maps included in Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising. Gamers can review highlights on the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/codblackops.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising is out now first, exclusively on Xbox LIVE for a suggested retail price of $14.99 or 1200 Microsoft Points. The Uprising DLC Map Pack is also included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass*, where fans can purchase all four epic DLC Map Packs planned for the year, and also receive the Nuketown Zombies bonus map, and an exclusive in-game calling card as part of the discounted bundle offered at a suggested retail price of $49.99 or 4000 Microsoft Points - a discount of 800 Microsoft Points off the individual purchase of all four DLC Map Packs**.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated "M" (Mature - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs - content suitable for persons ages 17 and older) by the ESRB. More information on Call of Duty: Black Ops II can be found at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2 or on www.facebook.com/codblackops. Fans can also follow @Treyarch on Twitter.
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Treyarch is an industry-leading game developer, wholly owned by Activision Publishing, Inc. whose Call of Duty: Black Ops II set world-wide launch day records, and whose previous game Call of Duty: Black Ops set an entertainment launch opening record upon its release in 2010 and continues to be one of the best-selling games of all time, according to NPD and GfK Chart-Track.
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*Downloadable content in the Season Pass may be sold separately. If you purchase the DLC Season Pass, do not also purchase these standalone DLC Map Packs, as you will be charged for them. DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all platforms or in all territories. Pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Call of Duty: Black Ops II game required; sold separately.
**Based on DLC Season Pass suggested retail price of 4000 Microsoft Points and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of 1200 Microsoft Points each.