PlayStation 4 owners will have the upper hand when it comes to the upcoming Call of Duty DLC called Awakening. Reportedly, because of an exclusivity deal, it will be released for Sony’s latest console one month ahead of the PC and Xbox One versions.
VG247 reported Activision’s announcement regarding the official release date for the first ever downloadable content for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Awakening, unveiled at PlayStation Experience as the first of four map packs to arrive for the game, will be played first by PS4 owners when the DLC is released by Activision on February 2. After a month, it will be rolled out for Microsoft’s Xbox One and for the PC. Unfortunately, this Call of Duty map pack won’t be available for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Call of Duty’s Awakening DLC will center on new multiplayer maps — four maps to be specific. As described on Cinema Blend, each map’s design “will enhance the combat style present in Call of Duty,” and each location was produced with “differing level of craft and creativity.”
Call of Duty fans will get the maps, namely Gauntlet, Rise, Skyjacked, and Splash, upon downloading the Awakening DLC. As described on GameSpot, Gauntlet is “set in a military facility with three very different areas” while Splash is “an abandoned waterpark.” Moreover, players will explore a construction area in Zurich via the Rise map. Lastly, Skyjacked is a flying airship that was created as a reimagined version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s Hijacked.
Aside from these new multiplayer locations to explore in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Awakening also brings in the very first chapter of another Zombies story. Titled “Der Eisendrache,” the chapter takes place during World War II “in a medieval Austrian castle,” and it stars Richtofen, Nicolai, Takeo, and Dempsey, Cinema Blend further noted.
Below is the preview trailer for Call of Duty’s forthcoming map pack, Awakening.
Those who haven’t purchased Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 yet might regard the holiday season as the perfect time to gift themselves a copy of the game. Discounts are currently available for the standard and Digital Deluxe editions of the latest Call of Duty, at least for the PlayStation owners.
According to official U.S. PlayStation Blog, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 for PS4, regularly priced at almost $60, can now be bought for only $53.39 by non-PS Plus owners. Meanwhile, higher discount awaits those with a PlayStation Plus membership, where it is on sale for $49.79.
The Digital Deluxe Edition, which usually sells for $99.99, is now available for $89.99 to those who haven’t signed up for PS Plus membership yet. Another $10 discount is available for PS Plus members, reducing the sale price to as low as $79.99.
The Holiday Sale Week 3 runs until Monday, December 28 with other A-list games also offered at discounted prices.
In other COD news, Activision recently re-released Call of Duty: Black Ops — Zombies, according to a report from Android Police. The Android mobile game, initially released in 2012, can now be found under a new Play Store listing. This Call of Duty Android mobile game received bad reviews, with gamers usually complaining about bugs and compatibility issues, as well as the game’s slow performance.
The re-released version seems similar to the original game, reported Android Police, and it is still available for download for $6.99. Call of Duty: Black Ops — Zombies’ game description is also the same, and the in-app purchases have the same price range, from $0.99 to $49.99. The version in the new Play Store listing looks like it has not received any major updates in key aspects such as graphics and gameplay.
As for compatibility, this Call of Duty mobile game still works with Android 2.3.3 and newer OS versions. Specifically, the description noted that it works with Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well, which Rita El Khoury from Android Police noted as the only difference from the initial version.