Chronicling the Baffling World of Black Ops 3’s Zombies Chronicles

Posted on 09 May 2017 by
Kyle Johnson

Confirming rumors and leaks from late April, Activision has announced Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles, an anthology of maps from previous Call of Duty games.

Featuring three maps from World at War, four maps from Black Ops, and one map from Black Ops II. Zombies Chronicles offers up the entire mind-bending, utterly confusing lore behind the Zombies story-line, which stretches from the dawn of time itself until the far-flung future…seriously. You can explore the entire timeline here, but be prepared for a lot of reading. As far as content is concerned, a Reddit post has detailed most of what has been confirmed for the eight maps in the pack. In addition, every map has been remastered and ported to the Black Ops III engine, featuring new AI, lighting models and environments, and the option to use custom weapons.

The launch of Zombies Chronicles will also kick off eight days of community events, giving you an opportunity to earn weapon camo’s, calling cards, and other customization, as well as double XP being awarded. Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombie Chronicles launches on May 16th for PlayStation 4, with PC and Xbox One releases to follow, and will be available for $29.99 USD, and is not included in the Season Pass.

Official Press Release

London, England – 8th May, 2017 – For the first time, experience the epic stories of the undead saga that started it all for Activision’s Call of Duty, together in one package: Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles releases on May 16th, first on the PlayStation® Network for the PlayStation®4 and includes eight of the most beloved Zombies maps from previous Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, including World at War, Black Ops and Black Ops II. The maps have been completely remastered from the ground-up, delivering many of the classic, thrilling Zombies origins storylines with stunning visuals, enhanced audio and new gameplay, all updated for today’s generation of consoles.

Call of Duty’s Zombies has earned a special place in our hearts through its deep, layered gameplay, imaginative storylines and its compelling waves of action, which spans multiple titles,” said Rob Kostich, EVP and General Manager of Call of Duty, Activision. “We’re excited to share with fans these incredible moments in one comprehensive offering, available together on current generation hardware.

What began as an Easter egg unlock for completing the campaign in Call of Duty: World at War, has grown into a fan-favourite third mode with a hardcore community of fans.

Zombies Chronicles is really about the community that made Zombies what it has become today,” said Jason Blundell, Co-Studio Head, Treyarch. “Together, we’ve been slaying the undead for nearly ten years, across different game consoles, and Zombies Chronicles is really about bringing all of those fans together. If you played these maps before on previous consoles, you’re getting a new, stunning and challenging experience – if it’s your first time, this is eight definitive experiences of our Zombies storyline, all in one place.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles is an unparalleled Call of Duty Zombies collection, taking players through the beginnings of the original saga in true HD. It features the classic characters that fans have come to know and love, as well as the deep storylines that made Zombies so popular. The collection adds vibrant current-generation visuals, enhanced lighting, revamped character models and environments, and updated AI and audio systems. Zombies Chronicles also lets players use custom weapons, including current weaponry featured in Black Ops III that wasn’t featured in the original maps.

The eight maps in Zombies Chronicles are:

  • From Call of Duty: World at War: Nacht der Untoten (Abandoned Bunker), Verruckt (Wittenau Sanitorium) and Shi No Numa (Jungle Swamp)
  • From Call of Duty: Black Ops: Kino Der Toten (Theater of the Dead), Ascension (Soviet Cosmodrome), Shangri-la (Exotic Jungle Shrine) and Moon (Lunar Base)
  • From Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Origins (WWI France)

8 Days of the Undead:

To celebrate launch day on May 16th, Activision and Treyarch will kick off the “8 Days of the Undead,” during which players of Black Ops III on all platforms and players of Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles on PS4 will be able to earn double XP rewards, engage in community challenges and receive a host of free exclusive content including a Zombies calling card, weapon camo, new Gobble Gums and a PS4 theme.

Bonus Content:

  • 20 Vials of Liquid Divinium
  • 2 All-New Whimsical GobbleGums
  • Exclusive Zombies Pack-A-Punch Weapon Camo
  • Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles Dynamic System Theme for PlayStation 4 (exclusive pre-order incentive), featuring artwork by renowned artist

*Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies Chronicles is a content expansion for Call of Duty: Black Ops III which is sold separately and is required to play this downloadable content pack. Internet Connection Required. For more information, please visit

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