Activision and Treyarch have announced the details for Awakening, the first DLC pack for Call of Duty Black Ops III. You can also check out a new video trailer for the new DLC pack, featuring new gameplay footage, in the player below. The new DLC features four new multiplayer maps and a new Zombies experience set in a medieval Austrian castle during World War II. Awakening will be getting an early launch first for the Playstation 4 console, with a release on other platforms later on.
Speaking on the new DLC pack, Treyarch Studio Head Mark Lamia stated: “Since Black Ops III launched last month, the response from our community has been incredible in every way. With Awakening, the studio is focused on creating a wide variety of gameplay experiences for our fans in Multiplayer and Zombies that will keep players coming back for more.”
The first chapter of the new Zombies DLC for Call of Duty Black Ops III is Der Eisendrache. This new journey features the continuation of the Origin characters Richtofen, Nicolai, Takeo, and Dempsey. It’s set in an eerie medieval castle built upon an ancient site of unspeakable horror, massive deposits of Element 115 have recently been discovered, delivering new gameplay and a variety plot twists and surprises.
Here is the lowdown of the four new multiplayer maps for Awakening: Gauntlet, Splash, Rise and Skyjacked. Skyjacked is a re-imagined version of the fan-favorite multiplayer map of the same name from Black Ops II:
- 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.
Fans will have access to the Call of Duty Black Ops III Awakening DLC Map Pack at a discounted rate through the Call of Duty Black Ops III DLC Season Pass. It will feature all four DLC Map Packs planned for the year as part of a discounted bundle offered at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The DLC Map Packs will also be available individually for $15. Call of Duty Black Ops III: Awakening will be available first for PlayStation 4 on February 2, 2016. Unfortunately, the DLC content will not be released for the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of the game. Launch details for the Awakening DLC for Xbox One and Windows PC will be revealed later on.