What originally began as a community inside joke of a possible fifth DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops III escalated into believable leaks earlier this year. Those leaks have now been turned into an official confirmation of something new for fans of Treyarch's zombie timeline.
Something new. Or rather... something old. Jason Blundell, Co-Studio Head of Treyarch, visited YouTuber JCbackfire to film an official reveal, which was released today. He announced Call of Duty Black Ops III's "Zombies Chronicles," a compilation of eight remastered zombies maps from prior Treyarch titles.
"Zombies Chronicles" includes three maps from Call of Duty: World at War, four maps from the original Call of Duty: Black Ops and one map from Call of Duty: Black Ops II:
According to Blundell, a lot of players are new to the zombies experience, joining around the time of Black Ops III. Treyarch felt that instead of something different, "Zombies Chronicles" could be a unique opportunity to provide new players with the chance to go back to where it all began.
- Nacht der Untoten, Verruckt and Shi No Numa — World at War
- Kino Der Toten, Ascension, Shangri-la and Moon — Black Ops
- Origins — Black Ops II
For those who don't keep up with Treyarch's zombies, it's interesting and they've heartily fleshed out the lore and back story, attempting to interconnect all the different zombies experiences between the four games.
Blundell also surprised the audience by pulling out a huge documented timeline of all the pertinent events, shown above. While you won't be able to read any of the finer points on the image without zooming in, you can review everything in detail with an interactive high-resolution image over on the official Call of Duty website.
One thing that is slightly unclear at the moment is whether "Zombies Chronicles" is a DLC or a standalone experience. It is under the Call of Duty: Black Ops III banner, so one would imagine it's a DLC, but it hasn't actually been explicitly said yet.
It even already has a release date. Unfortunately for players on other platforms, like all Call of Duty expansions this generation, it is a PlayStation first affair. It'll be out on PS4 on May 16th. The exclusivity period is always one month, so we should be able to expect it everywhere else around the same date in June.
There hasn't been a price revealed yet, but don't get your hopes up for it to be included with a season pass purchased in 2015.
Lastly, Treyarch will be live streaming the remastered content on Monday, May 8th at 11 a.m. PDT, so be sure to tune into that if you're eager to see what it's all about.
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