One of the most highly anticipated games this year is Activision’s flagship first person shooter – Call of Duty: Black Ops II. According to Eurogamer, a Season Pass for the downloadable content (DLC) for Black Ops II has been spotted. Information about the Season Pass originally popped up on the Black Ops II UK website, but was quickly pulled down, which points to it being put on the website accidentally. MP1st has uploaded a screenshot of the Season Pass information

The Season Pass is set to include four map packs – including for multiplayer and Zombies – for £34.99 (roughly Rs 2,976). There was also mention of an Elite Free, which hints towards a free version of the Call of Duty stat tracking service – Call of Duty Elite.

The future is black

The future is black, but the Season Pass doesn't seem that black

Last week, it was revealed that one of the pre-order bonuses for Black Ops II include the Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map and double XP for the launch weekend of the game. Here is the description of Nuketown 2025 by Activision: “An arena-style map with unique art design, Nuketown promoted the type of fast-paced action that Call of Duty fans from around the world have come to love. Now re-imagined in a 50's depiction of the ‘Model Home of the Future’ Nuketown 2025 is set to take those familiar close-quarters chaos into the future!”

The previous game in the Call of Duty series was Modern Warfare 3, which was released last year. While gameplay stayed very much the same as previous iterations, the stakes had been raised significantly, as the game’s protagonists had to deal with the looming threat of World War III. If you have played previous CoD games, specifically the Modern Warfare series, Modern Warfare 3 will be familiar territory with non-stop balls-to-the-wall action and cinematic set-pieces.

The Call of Duty series originally dealt with events during World War II. After the unsuccessful Call of Duty 3, developers Infinity Ward shook things up by making Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This game saw a large amount of success and sealed the fate of World War II based shooters.

After Modern Warfare, developers Treyarch made Call of Duty 5: World At War, which took the series back to its World War II roots. The game went for a more violent and gruesome depiction of World War II and added new weapons such as the flamethrower. The game also added a new game mode featuring zombie Nazi soldiers.

After World At War, Infinity Ward took back the reins of the franchise to create Modern Warfare 2. The game was released amid many controversies, like the No Russian level, which had the player take on the role of an undercover CIA agent infiltrating a Russian terrorist cell. The level consisted of the player and the characters walking through a Russian airport and gunning down innocent civilians and police officers. Another reason the game became infamous was for the PC version of the game not having many of the options gamers on the PC need or want, such as a developer console, a slider to increase the field of vision and the lack of dedicated servers for the game.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is set to release on 12 November 2012 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The game will also be available for the Wii U.

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