Call of Duty: Black Ops III's first DLC pack adds four multiplayer maps, new Zombie storyline

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:

"Der Eisendrache, the first chapter of Call of Duty: Black Ops III's Zombies DLC adventure will take players on an epic journey with the Origin characters Richtofen, Nicolai, Takeo, and Dempsey. Set in an eerie medieval castle built upon an ancient site of unspeakable horror, massive deposits of Element 115 have recently been discovered, delivering inspired new gameplay and - in Zombies tradition - a variety of exciting plot twists and surprises that fans will have the opportunity to discover for themselves."

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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Source: Activision

John Callaham