The 12th entry in the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, was released on November 6 of this year and has been picking up some extremely positive reviews since its release. Fans of the game and series will not have to wait long for additional features to be added for their gameplay. It has just been revealed that downloadable content (DLC) is going to be available for the sci-fi first-person shooter in the beginning of next year, according to Playstation Lifestyle, though the wait may upset some gamers. Not much is known about what this Call of Duty: Black Ops III “Awakening” DLC will consist of, only that it will have four different maps and will include the next chapter of the Zombies saga, called “Der Eisendrachen.”
Those who own a PlayStation 4 are probably going to be at an advantage when the new Call of Duty DLC arrives. They will get the DLC exclusively when it launches for precisely 30 days, while other gaming consoles like Xbox One, PC and others will be getting the updates the following month. The four new maps will include Rise, Splash, Skyjacked, and Gauntlet. These map packs usually consist of at least one map that is a remake of a previous map, and it looks as if the remade map is going to be Skyjacked, remade from the Black Ops II Highjacked map. The boat scene featured in Highjacked will be placed in the sky with the Skyjacked map, becoming somewhat of a flying spaceship. Rise is a large construction zone map covered in snow, while Splash looks to be taking place inside a water park, equipped with fun slides and swimming pools. What the final map, Gauntlet, will consist of is still not yet fully known, with the possibility of it being a number of different things.
Scott Lowe, from Activision, announced that Treyarch would be hosting a panel discussion at this weekend’s PlayStation Experience event on Saturday. According to the Christian Post, the panel, “Call of Duty Black Ops III: Unlocking the Potential of A.I.,” was centered around how the developers overhauled the artificial intelligence systems within the game, in an attempt to make changes to the game’s multiplayer feature.
“A.I. systems can fundamentally alter the gameplay experience. In order to build Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s four-player cooperative campaign, the team at Treyarch had to completely overhaul its A.I. technology and rethink how it influences combat, storytelling, and level design, all the while maintaining the cinematic immersion that the series is known for.”
The story in Call of Duty: Black Ops III takes place in 2065, four decades after the events of the game’s predecessor Black Ops II, with climate change and a storm of new technologies creating more challenges for the world. The game’s voice actors include Christopher Meloni, Katee Sackhoff, Rachel Kimsey, and Tony Amendola. Maxwell McGee for Games Radar wrote a very glowing review of the video game.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is a massive, varied game, but your satisfaction will depend heavily on whether you have friends to play with either locally or online. Zombies finally comes into its own here with a play-style and design all its own, while the blockbuster campaign ends up feeling more Michael Bay than James Cameron. Multiplayer is the main attraction here, and the highly customizable loadouts and Specialist abilities combine to make it one of the most varied and enjoyable in the series. Just make sure you have someone you trust watching your back.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is available currently for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4 and 3 as well as PC.
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