New maps for Xbox 360's Call of Duty 2

CoD 2 multiplayer on 360 getting a significant boost courtesy of a wave of new maps

Activision and Infinity Ward plan to release nine new multiplayer maps for the Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty 2 over Xbox Live in the coming months.

The first four of the nine maps will be made available this spring - so soon then - with the remaining five to hit in July. The initial release will be split into two packs. What's called the Bonus Map Pack is a freebie containing maps Vossenack and Wallendar, Germany, while the Skirmish Map Pack, which contains maps Kalach, Russia and Beaumont-Hague, France, will be sold for 400 Microsoft Points through Marketplace.

The five maps to be released in July are being stuffed into one pack called the Invasion Pack, which will sell for 900 Microsoft Points. The maps included in this pack will be - Antoville, France (Crossroads), St. Louet, France (Newvillers), Amaye sur Seulles, France (Normandy), Alam Halfa, Egypt (Decoytown), Rostov, Russia (Harbor).

Playable versions of the first four multiplayer maps releasing in spring will be present at next week's E3 in playable form.