Escalation is the second downloadable content (DLC) pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops. It was released on May 3, 2011 for Xbox 360 for 1200 Microsoft Points, and June 3, 2011 for PC for $14.99 USD. It was later released for the PS3 on June 9, 2011 for $14.99 USD.
"Escalation", the second Call of Duty: Black Ops map pack, contains 5 all-new exceptionally varied maps; featuring 4 Multiplayer maps and an epic Black Ops 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: “Call of the Dead”. Play as the zombie-killing dream-team of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund, Michael Rooker, and Danny Trejo against a new and unnerving zombie menace. Set in a mysterious ice-covered remote Siberian island and inspired by legendary writer and director George A. Romero, a group of four fearless explorers fight for their lives amidst an army of bloodthirsty Russian zombies.
- "Best dry-aged meat this side of the Ukraine. Aromas that will tantalize the senses"
- — Zoo menu description
Zoo is medium-large urban set terrain. The map is set in an abandoned Soviet zoo, with a large monorail that runs through the map. It has several vacant animal exhibits and cages, empty souvenir shops are given jungle-house like skins like in amusement parks and several dry fountains.
- "Asphalt, Rubber, double-wides and seedy motels on a bed of nuclear missiles."
- — Convoy menu description
The map was inspired by Cold War fears of Soviet invasion. Part of the road on this map has collapsed, allowing players to travel underground.
- "Penthouse, Pool, Slot Machines and hot Havana nights."
- — Hotel menu description
Hotel takes place in Cuba and is based around a resort, including a pool, a casino, and Elevators. The elevator is a new utility for multiplayer maps that aids the team to hold both the second and first floors.
- "Chilled WMD's with flavored sickles (hammer on request)."
- — Stockpile menu description
The map takes place in a suburban village in Russia that includes a stockpile of arms inside one of the buildings. Stockpile also features a building with two large steel doors that can be opened and closed with switches located next to them on both the inside and outside of the building. When using the switch, a siren sounds and alerts the building's occupants.
- "A shipwrecked crew of fearless explorers is hopelessly stranded in an abandoned Siberian outpost. Their dream of discovering the true origins of the Element 115 unravels into a hellish nightmare."
- — Call of the Dead level description
Call of the Dead is one of the largest Zombies map, with multiple areas. Players spawn on the shore with up to three other teammates, as soon as the players spawn George Romero spawns out of a lighting bolt in a nearby pool. It features a new perk, Deadshot Daiquiri which causes the aim-assist when entering ADS to auto-focus on the head as well as having the effects of Steady Aim and its pro version. Also, when using a sniper rifle, there is no idle sway. Two new Wonder Weapons are introduced, the V-R11, which has the ability to transform Zombies back into humans, and causes them to run away in fear and attract other zombies. The other new Wonder Weapon, the Scavenger, is a bolt-action sniper rifle that shoots explosive bolts with extremely high damage.
|Stand-in||In Call of the Dead, send the crew to Paradise in solo or co-op.||35||Bronze|
|Ensemble Cast||In Call of the Dead, send the crew to Paradise in co-op.||45||Silver|
|Stuntman||In Call of the Dead, make a zombie explode using the V-R11.||20||Bronze|
|Shooting on Location||In Call of the Dead, kill 10 zombies with one Scavenger shot from over 100 feet away.||20||Bronze|
|Quiet on the Set||In Call of the Dead, cut the lights on the Director.||30||Bronze|
- The "Taste of Escalation" trailer shares two of the actors from "There's a Soldier in All of Us" video, one of them being the restaurant owner and the other is the customer.