Black Ops II's First DLC will be a Timed Xbox 360 Exclusive

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Images purportedly of in-store promotional materials suggest that Call of Duty: Black Ops II's first map pack extension will be a timed Xbox 360 exclusive arriving on Jan. 29. Five maps are included.

"Revolution" sports five maps, one of which—"Die Rise"—appears to be a zombie map. The others are named Hydro, Grind, Downhill and Mirage. The promo placards also say a weapon—the Peacemaker SMG—is included. No word on pricing; if you have the Call of Duty season pass, it's free.

We've pinged an Activision rep for comment, so this is unconfirmed for now.

Black Ops 2 Revolution, first dlc coming out January 29th [Reddit via Joystiq.]

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Of course it'll be timed 360 exclusive. If there's one thing Activision has proven time and time again, it's that they're so deep in Microsoft's pockets that Steve Ballmer once thought he had testicular cancer until he realized it was just Bobby Kotick stuck to the inside of his thigh.

I don't understand why timed exclusive DLC is even a "thing". It's just a way for a publisher to point out how much they resent people who buy their games on platforms other than their chosen "favorite", but still want them to buy the games anyway so they make money. It's a way of telling your customers that they're second or third class citizens, and it has absolutely NO BENEFIT whatsoever for the end consumer, even for the consumers on the system getting it first. They'd definitely get it anyway, so what's the benefit? What's the upside?