Fans of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be able to get the first of four planned DLC packs for the first-person shooter in early 2016. The pack, called Awakening, will be released first on the PlayStation 4 on February 2, but will be released for the Xbox One and PC platforms about a month later.
Awakening will add four new multiplayer maps to Black Ops III:
- Gauntlet: Grounded in a military training facility, Gauntlet plays up the core philosophy of Treyarch's classic three lane map structure with distinct variety in visuals and gameplay. Each of the three primary lanes has a unique environment as players battle through a sprawling jungle, sub-zero artic zone and rainy urban cityscape.
- Splash: Set in an abandoned water theme park, this vibrant and playful map delivers an imaginative environment complete with waterslides, a wrecked pirate ship, , and a lazy river ride that winds through a fantastical forgotten city. Splash is designed to drive an open flow of combat, including plenty of opportunities for underwater gameplay.
- Rise: Set in the snowy outskirts of Zurich, Rise is a Coalescence Corporation construction project for a massive subterranean research campus. The design of the map caters to a mix of classic Call of Duty cover combat alongside strategic core movement opportunities, with each section of the map offering distinctly different styles of gameplay.
- Skyjacked: Set on a security VTOL in the clouds over urban Zurich, Skyjacked is a reimagined version of the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer map Hijacked, and retains the same fast and frenetic gameplay from one of the most popular maps in Call of Duty® history, but with a twist. Skyjacked gives players the opportunity to explore the map in a variety of new ways thanks to the all-new core movement system in Black Ops III.
In addition, Awakening will see the beginning of an all-new Zombies storyline that will continue in the other three DLC packs:
On its own, Awakening will cost $15, and it will be included as part of Black Ops III's Season Pass for $49.99, while allows players access to all four DLC packs.
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