17 January 2011
Set in an "abandoned Soviet cosmodrome," Ascension features the regular cast of Zombies players (Takeo, Nikoli, Dempsey, and Rictoffen). But it does include new enemies, including Space Monkeys who steal perks. Uh.... what? New weapons include the Gersch Device or "Black Hole Bomb" and Matryoshka Dolls. Those damned dirty monkeys will be swiping new perks that include Stamin-Up and PhD Flopper, the benefits of which we're not quite sure.
20 December 2010:
taken from codblackopsnews.com:
"Dan Bunting, Black Ops' Producer, recently spoke to Larry Hryb, better known as Xbox Lives Major Nelson, about the first ever map pack to be released for Black Ops. The Map Pack is entitled "First Strike", which was also the name of the internal beta held before Black Ops was released. First Strike will be released first on Xbox Live on February 1st, 2011, as per Microsoft and Activisions exclusivity contract. The Map Pack will include:
Four Brand New Multiplayer Maps
Berlin Wall - This map is set in Berlin, Germany at 'Checkpoint Charlie', one of the best-known crossing points between East and West Berlin.
Discovery - This map takes place in an Antarctic German research station, abandoned since World War II.
Kowloon - Set in Kowloon City, Hong Kong - this map is inspired by the single player campaign mission 'Numbers' which sees CIA agent Hudson fighting his way across the rooftops. This maps battle will take place on the rainy rooftops of Kowloon City.
Stadium - Stadium is set in the Northeastern part of the United States, in a complexly designed Hockey Rink. We'd have to assume there will be room for close-quarters battle on a map like this, but stay tuned for screenshots and videos which are sure to come in the future.
One Brand New Zombies Map
Ascension - Details on Ascension were not available, as Dan said that this info is still classified as of the time of this writing and of his interview with Major Nelson.
All new maps have interactivity and 'scripted moments' (think Launch with the Rocket taking off), and Treyarch wanted to go 'bigger and better' with the Downloadable Content (DLC) for Black Ops. Dan also mentioned that there are many elements of verticality, meaning that there are many spots on the map where the gunfire is not only being sent across the map but can also be reigned down from above and below you.
First Strike will hit Xbox Live on February 1st, 2011 and can be purchased for 1200 Microsoft Points. Dan promised an in-depth look at the new maps in the coming weeks, so be sure to stay tuned here at CoD Black Ops News as we'll be bringing you that info as soon as we have it! Be sure to head over to the forum and share your thoughts!"
Here's a Podcast posted on Youtube