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George Romero to feature in Black Ops Escalation DLC

Zombie godfather George A. Romero will be showing up in Call of Duty: Black Ops’ forthcoming Escalation Map Pack, Activision has revealed.

The celebrated movie maker, who was responsible for birthing the modern zombie flick with the classic 1968 effort Night of the Living Dead, will star in Black Ops’ latest undead-centric offering, appropriately titled Call of the Dead.

Romero will feature alongside a host of other well-known horror staples, including Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn).

“Our latest zombie creation, Call of the Dead, is unreal,” enthused Treyarch’s Mark Lamia. “We set out to create an exciting new zombie experience for fans of the genre that takes Zombies to an insane new level.”

Game director Dave Anthony added: “This is Treyarch’s tribute to the legendary George Romero, who truly defined the zombie genre and whose incredible work has been such an inspiration to our team.”

“It was an absolute honor to work with such an amazing and talented cast whose passion and energy brought their characters instantly to life. Fans are going to love this.”

The Escalation Map Pack hits Xbox LIVE Marketplace on May 3, with a PlayStation Network release following later in the year.