A new batch of premium content is headed to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered this month. The Variety Map Pack, which includes the same four maps included in the original add-on of the same name for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, will be available on March 21 for PlayStation 4 players, with a release on other platforms to come later, according to the announcement on Activision’s blog. The maps included in this version will, of course, be visually updated to be in line with the rest of the remaster and set you back $15.
If you’re not particularly fussed about spending money on four new maps that you probably brought once before back in 2008, Activision’s sweetening the deal by offering 10 Rare Supply Drops in the package, which tally up to a total of $20 in value. As for the maps themselves, if their existence is nought but a fading memory in your mind or you simply never got around to playing the originals, you can find a handy description of each below.
Broadcast: Based on the TV station from the campaign mission “Charlie Don’t Surf”, this map provides a unique blend of confined corridors and wide-open spaces. Outside the station, the parking lot contains long sightlines, but once inside, cramped hallways and a computer-cluttered broadcast room provide ample close-range combat opportunities.
Chinatown: Set in a foggy downtown district, this nighttime map is lit up by flickering neon signs and a full moon. A re-imagining of the original Call of Duty multiplayer map “Carentan”, players will need to be careful on these streets, as almost every building in the map can be occupied, providing perfect cover for enemies waiting for a chance to line you up in their sights.
Creek: Set in a wide-open village ravaged by combat where concealment is the difference between life and death, a gaping ravine divides this map into two. Open clearings with sheer cliff faces and ample forested cover make this map ideal for snipers and long-range firefights.
Killhouse: A small training warehouse filled with various building mock ups that feature soft and hard cover points. Expect fast-paced and fierce firefights for maximum close-quarters chaos.
If I’m honest, the only map included in the pack that I actually remember is Broadcast – which I fondly recall for the near-constant grenade spam that took place in the cramped cubicles of the broadcast room – and that’s coming from someone who spent months of his youth glued to the shooter for hours on end. If I ever decide to bite the bullet and buy Infinite Warfare solely for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, I may just give them a look, if only to see how well Infinity Ward’s map design has stood up over the years.
Failing that, I’ll just hook up my Xbox 360 and play the original.