Horrifying. (Credit: Activision)
Usually when the film and video game worlds collide, it’s a messy affair. The latest run-in, though, is just plain weird.
Activision has unveiled Onslaught, the first downloadable expansion pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts. And in a twist straight out of a B-movie script, the game’s special guest star is none other than Michael Myers, the unstoppable serial killer from the 'Halloween' horror movies.
We’ll give you a second to let that sink in.
Here’s how Activision is shoehorning the legendary creep into Call of Duty. Onslaught includes a map called Fog, which is an homage to all sorts of horror films -- expect abandoned cabins, flickering TVs and the requisite torture chamber. Complete a certain Field Order, however, and you can play as the Halloween antagonist, hunting other players with an axe. And, to really up the fear factor, other players will hear the haunting, familiar theme song from the films as you stalk them.
The content pack will also feature the first episode of Nightfall, a four-part episodic series in the game’s Extinction mode that features new characters, a new weapon, and a new alien species including a three-story tall enemy.
“This year will see an assortment of content for players to dig into, with new, uniquely themed maps, new multiplayer weapons, and an episodic Extinction story arc that introduces new characters, new locations, and new weapons as they try to uncover the genesis of the aliens’ existence,” said Mark Rubin, Executive Producer at Infinity Ward.
The other three maps in Onslaught are of the more traditional variety. Bayview takes players to a California boardwalk that’s being subjected to artillery strikes from an offshore Navy destroyer. Containment is set in a Mexican village, letting players battle over a bridge with a hijacked truck leaking radioactive material. Ignition is a Ghosts-honed version of Modern Warfare 2’s famous Scrapyard map.
But come on. Michael Myers! Why bother with anything else?
Call of Duty loves this sort of odd pairing. The original Black Ops ‘Escalation’ DLC also went horror film crazy by featuring famed Freddie Krueger Robert Englund, The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker and zombie overlord George Romero. Black Ops II memorably included ‘Mob of the Dead’, a zombie-infested prison breakout mode starring renowned movie tough guys Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano, Chazz Palminteri and Michael Madsen. We’re pretty sure Michael Myers could take them all.
The Onslaught pack is due January 28 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with no formal dates yet for other versions.
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