- "Watch your step! Fight for survival atop the towers of doom, where dizzying heights and the relentless undead make a deadly combination."
- — Map description
Die Rise, also known as Great Leap Forward and Skyscraper, is the fourteenth Zombies map. It is included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II downloadable content pack, Revolution. It was released on January 29, 2013, for Xbox 360 and February 28, 2013, for PlayStation 3 and PC. The downloadable content pack costs $14.99 (1200 Microsoft Points) but is also a part of the Season Pass.
Die Rise occurs in post-apocalyptic China; the fight against the zombies takes place on two skyscrapers. The top half of the spawn building is broken off and wedged upside-down between the two skyscrapers, bridging the gap between them while effectively acting as a third building. It is also the first map in Zombies to introduce a true element of verticality, including broken elevator shafts, upside-down skyscrapers, deadly falls, and elevators which transport randomized Perk-a-Cola machines and the Pack-a-Punch Machine up and down the floors. When jumping from building to building, mattresses are scattered throughout to prevent injury from the jumps. The map contains tighter corridors and long vertical drops, unlike any other Zombies maps.
The map features a new buildable wonder weapon (similar to TranZit), the Sliquifier. A new buildable device is also featured, the Trample Steam, which has the capability to fling players and zombies alike. Die Rise also features a new enemy, the Jumping Jack, which looks and acts similarly to Crawler Zombies. They come to every five to seven rounds and can do short teleports around the environment. There are also zombies with stronger health, identifiable by their body armor. A new Perk-a-Cola is also introduced, Who's Who, which allows the player to revive themselves by taking control of a doppelganger (with only an M1911 and Claymores if purchased) nearby who can try to revive the real character.
The musical Easter egg for Die Rise is "We All Fall Down" by Kevin Sherwood, activated by finding three teddy bears scattered across the map. The first teddy is near the SVU-AS. The 2nd teddy is near the edge of the upside-down Buddha room. The 3rd teddy bear is near the Power Switch on the back right corner in the power room.
Through a patch, the Weapon Locker and Bank utilities from TranZit have both been added to the map. They can be found by going to the power room from the freight elevator and jumping over the gap. The closest fridge in that room is the Weapon Locker. The two showers in the room are the Bank utilities.
More Persistent Upgrades appear to have been added to the map, one of them bearing similarity to Juggernog, and another being the toybox that can be activated by hitting the box a number of times on an early round. This upgrade has a 75% chance of giving better weapons. Additionally, Persistent Upgrades gained in TranZit carry over.
- High Maintenance (75 /Silver Trophy ) - In Die Rise, be the architect of their instruction.
- Vertigoner (10 /Bronze Trophy ) - In Die Rise, fling 10 zombies in one game.
- Mad Without Power (30 /Bronze Trophy ) - In Die Rise, reach round 10 before turning on the power.
- Shafted (35 /Bronze Trophy ) - In Die Rise, use Pack-a-Punch and all perk machines in one game.
- Slippery When Undead (15 /Bronze Trophy ) - In Die Rise, kill 5 zombies with a single shot from the Sliquifier.
- Facing the Dragon (10 /Bronze Trophy ) - In Die Rise, face the dragon head-on before reaching round 2.
- I'm My Own Best Friend (10 /Bronze Trophy ) - In Die Rise, revive yourself.
Opening Scene Transcript
A view of the Earth is shown from Space, obviously damaged from the rockets, with cracks in it showing lava, and meteors traveling by it as a distorted voice from Samuel Stuhlinger's head is heard.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "I don't understand. Why are you doing this? Why me?"
The voice continues to talk to Samuel, as the background now moves closer into the Earth to North America, and shows them teleporting to a skyscraper in Shanghai.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "Travel where? Don't you get it? There's nothing left!"
Samuel gazes outside from the building, looking at the surroundings. The voice still continues to talk to him.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "Whoa... how did you... What? What do you mean 'mend the rift?'"
The view shows a birds-eye view of the skyscraper, then Samuel looking down it, and finally a close up of his face, with the voice talking to him.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "Well maybe I don't wanna. Huh? Did you think of that?"
The close up of him continues, then a quick flashback of Samuel eating a human arm/zombie arm, and following that, zombies begin to surround him.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "Oh, you can't tell them about the flesh... what I did! They'd kill me if they knew... AWW, SHIT!"
As Samuel notices the zombies swarming him, Russman dives in, and fires dual wield Five-seven pistols at the horde, successfully killing a few. He faces Samuel.
Russman: "If you're going to talk to your imaginary friends, Stu, you might wanna wait until you're in a z-free zone!"
Samuel then watches as a Jumping Jack tackles Russman, and rips him in half, before letting out a final scream. Suddenly, an elevator arrives by Samuel, occupied by Misty and Marlton, who wields a sniper and begins shooting at the zombies.
Abigail "Misty" Briarton: "Stupin-ger! Get over here, now!"
Marlton Johnson: "C'mon, c'mon!"
Samuel is shown racing towards the elevator with them, as the huge crowd of zombies approaches fast. Right before they get attacked, the door shuts, and the elevator begins to travel down.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "What do we do now?"
Abigail "Misty" Briarton: "We arm up, find a good place to defend, kick ass, that's it!"
Samuel continues to hear the voice in his head, which confuses him.
Distorted voice of Richtofen: "Accept your fate. Begin anew!"
The quote is hard to hear at first from the player's point of hearing.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "I don't understand..."
Marlton Johnson: "What are you talking about, Stuhlinger? Misty made it pretty clear!"
The elevator door opens, and outside is filled with zombies. Richtofen is now heard clearly and is speaking to Samuel.
Dr. Edward Richtofen: "Accept your fate. Begin anew!"
The three survivors begin to shoot the horde, as they are trapped.
Abigail "Misty" Briarton: "If we're going down, we're going down fighting! GAH!"
The group is eventually caught in the crowd and presumably killed, until suddenly, they are seen teleporting back to the Starting Room, having no memory of what happened earlier.
Samuel Stuhlinger: "Have we been here before?"
- Main article: Die Rise/Quotes
- Main article: Die Rise/T.V. Messages
- Marlton was not to be seen in the teaser trailer.
- This caused speculation that Marlton would not appear and possibly be replaced with a new character. These rumors were dismissed when the Replacer trailer revealed Marlton standing with Russman and Misty in front of a Speed Cola elevator.
- Also, a zombie that resembled Marlton appeared multiple times in the trailer.
- The Pack-a-Punch camouflage in this map has a blue hue instead of Green Run's red, due to different colored lighting. The camo will change hue in Green Run if one stands near bright lights.
- The main heading of Die Rise, Great Leap Forward, is a reference to the 1960s initiative to industrialize China through mass production of steel, which failed miserably and resulted in the deaths of millions of people.
- Die Rise is a pun on "high-rise." The codename for the map is in fact "zm_highrise".
- Ph.D. Flopper can be found within the map, but cannot be obtained. It is only seen in an inaccessible corridor, seen when the starting room elevator falls down to the bottom floor. Treyarch likely included the machine to taunt players, as the verticality of the map would suit its uses.
- While playing as Samuel J. Stuhlinger, the player can hear groans unheard by the other players' characters, referencing his involvement in the zombie-eating cult known as the Flesh. These groans can be heard by other players if they are down or dead.
- The second half of the main building has fallen off and is upside-down. Every weapon off of the wall, including the mystery box, in that area is oriented upside-down. There are also no functioning elevators in that area.
- Some of the zombies wear SDC uniforms.
- The comic book loading screen for Great Leap Forward depicts another page of the comic behind it, similar to Call of the Dead's loading screen. It is the Buried loading screen. On the left-hand side of the comic is a postcard, possibly from the Green Run loading screen. The comic page under the postcard is the Nuketown Zombies loading screen.
- The the comic book loading screen's paper creates in its right side an outline that appears to be an outline of a person. In the renewed loading screen from the comics, the same outline can be seen.
- The dust from the rockets has started to clear, as players can see space in the sky as well as the moon.
- Falling off the buildings with Quick Revive on solo will cause the player to immediately respawn in the starting room with all weapons.
- After the end game score, the sound of heavy footsteps is heard, followed by a prison cell door closing. This could have been a hint towards Mob of the Dead's Brutus, as it is the same sound as when Brutus spawns.
- The clanging sound at the end of the score can also be heard when a round ends on Verruckt.
- It may have also been a hint towards Arthur in Buried, the next chronological map and the next Victis map, as Arthur is also locked behind a cell door when he is first encountered. However, Arthur has been a last-minute addition to the map, hence this possibly is less likely.