Treyarch has finally super-glued a release date to Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Annihilation map pack, confirming the DLC will hit PlayStation Network on July 28.
Annihilation previously hit Xbox Live on June 28, and contains four new maps – Silo, Hanger 18, Drive-In and Hazard, as well as the zombie-centric offering Shangri La.
Dan Bunting, online director at Treyarch, took the time to spill the beans on each of the new maps via a post on the U.S. PlayStation Blog. Check out what he had to say below.
Drive-In: This one-time American movie paradise once showed war movies; now it’s the location for one. The holes in the screen have been filled with snipers. The popcorn is stale, but they’re still serving up hot lead in the concession stand. Drive-In is a small map, very fast paced. It’s similar to Nuketown in that it’s a fast, close-quarters map.
Hazard: Ah, the Cuban good life! This swanky golf course features lush greens, oceanic driving ranges, and long-range sniping opportunities straight down its deadly fairway. Never mind getting a hole in one – try not to get lots of holes in you. Those skilled with assault rifles and sniper rifles will enjoy this one.
Silo: If you’ve ever said to yourself, "This is a great map, but what it really needs are missiles launching right next to my ear, so every time I line up to snipe someone, I pee myself instead" – and really, who hasn’t? – this is the map for you. Muddy sloped terrain, a smattering of construction equipment, and a few carefully placed sniper towers make this military outpost a tactical challenge regardless of game type.
Hangar 18: This one’s a tribute to the Groom Lake military base where the government developed the SR-71 Blackbird – or, depending on the conspiracy theories you choose to believe, where they stored a recovered alien spacecraft. Either way, you’ll be in an out of buildings frequently here, not to mention using a multi-million-dollar piece of reconnaissance aircraft for cover. But that’s not the only secret project it’s hiding. Hangar 18 has a couple of fun Easter eggs.
Shangri-La: It’s one of the more creative and clever map designs we’ve got so far,The diehard fans are really going to appreciate the story hooks in this one as well."