There has been an Awakening, have you felt it? Yes, Activision and developer Treyarch have unveiled the first details for Call of Duty: Black Ops III‘s maiden expansion pack, Awakening.
Sticking to the tried and tested formula, the DLC will bundle together four all-new multiplayer maps in the form of Gauntlet, Splash, Rise and Skyjacked when it hits PlayStation platforms first on February 2. As per Activision and Sony’s new licensing agreement, we expect that the add-on will remain on the systems for a period of 30 days before becoming available across PC and Xbox One. Those who picked up the Black Ops III season pass will be able to download immediately.
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Here’s the rundown on each multiplayer arena. Der Eisendrache, meanwhile, is the new Zombies map that’s packaged in with the Awakening expansion, and it’ll whisk Richtofen, Nicolai, Takeo, and Dempsey into a medieval castle.
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.
Call of Duty: Black Ops III‘s Awakening DLC will launch across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 come February 2. By that logic, Xbox and PC players can look forward to the expansion at the beginning of March.