Black Ops Escalation DLC Stars Celebrity Zombie Slayers

If Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer fans needed any more incentive to purchase the Escalation map pack coming to Xbox Live next week, I believe they now have it.

In addition to the four new multiplayer maps, the Escalation DLC will also feature a new Zombies co-op level known as Call of the Dead, inspired by and even starring the master of horror himself, George A. Romero. The level takes place on a frosty ship infested with a crew of undead hungry for brains.

But wait, it gets even better than that. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and Danny Trejo (Machete) will also star as playable characters, lending their likenesses and voices to the game. Activision and Treyarch are going all out on this one!

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

“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.” says Dave Anthony, Call of Duty: Black Ops Director. “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.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops – Escalation launches next week exclusively for Xbox 360 via Xbox Live at a price of 1,200 MS Points ($15), with PC and PSN releases to come at a later date. At the top of the page is the new trailer introducing Call of the Dead in appropriate ’70s horror movie style, and embedded below is the recent developer preview video as well as a new “Taste of Escalation” trailer.

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