Fresh off their fantastically received, future-shooter Advanced Warfare, Sledgehammer Games is set to begin their DLC cycle for their first Call of Duty title, beginning with the Havoc DLC pack. The Havoc DLC pack will include four new multiplayer maps and the addition of the Exo Zombie mode with one mode exclusive map.
Call of Duty’s Zombies mode was first introduced and popularized by developer Treyarch as an add-on to 2008’s World at War. They have since refined and improved the formula, garnering it one of the most popular modes in their following Black Ops titles.
The new Exo Zombies mode provides a new twist to the classic survival and resource management style of the Zombies formula by giving Zombies access to the same Exo suit technology that Advanced Warfare has built its style of play from. The speed and verticality of the new Exo suits already made Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer component a unique experience from previous titles and it is only natural that an added survival mode contain enemies that can make use of those new strategy elements.
Exo Zombies also continues the trend of inserting celebrity facsimiles as playable characters in a pseudo-story ala Left 4 Dead. This time around John Malkovich leads a ragtag group of Atlas survivors including Rose McGowan, Bill Paxton and Jon Bernthal. Malkovich always manages to captivate, no matter what his performance medium and he seems to have taken an approach similar to his character, Cyrus “The Virus” from Con Air.
While possibly the highest profile group of celebrities to grace Call of Duty’s gameplay at one time, Call of Duty has already had the likenesses of Kevin Spacey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, George Romero and even JFK and Richard Nixon as characters in their universe. They certainly have been able to have a little fun with their modes, be it the serious roles that actors like Spacey play or the more off-beat Zombie modes that the ex-presidents and horror stars appear in.
The Havoc DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch tomorrow, January 27 on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for $14.99. Season Passes that include the Havoc DLC and three future packs costs $50. Due to the timed exclusive deal with Microsoft, the DLC will appear on PlayStation consoles and PC at a later date, most likely a month afterwards.