‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3’ Third DLC ‘Descent’ Release Date Revealed, Fan Favorite ‘Raid’ Map Returning

Call Of Duty: Black Ops III has a new DLC pack on the way. Titled “Descent,” the DLC pack’s release date has recently been revealed by Christian Today, along with some other details — including the return of fan-favorite map Raid.

The original Raid was set in a Hollywood Hills mansion, pitting FBI agents against a group of Mercs, and is widely considered to be a close-quarters map; while it does have a few longer sight lines, snipers and machine gunners generally find themselves left out in the cold, making it a favorite of many Call Of Duty: Black Ops II players who prefer a more intense, action-packed game (and, incidentally, not receiving a bullet in the back of the head.)

The Raid map will be reimagined in Call Of Duty: Black Ops III‘s DLC pack,”Descent” as Empire. The official description explains why.

“Empire is set in the heart of an authentic Roman villa recreated by a modern-day eccentric billionaire. Relive the glory days in a fresh environment enhanced by the Black Ops 3 chained movement system.”

The Empire preview video makes for pretty fascinating viewing. Raid has, indeed, been faithfully recreated as an ancient Roman villa, complete with what appears to be a gladiator pit, Roman Imperial banners, a marble gazebo, a statue of, presumably, the owner — oh, and a rather fancy car.

History remains inexplicably silent on the subject of the Holy Roman Caddie. History remains inexplicably silent on the subject of the Holy Roman Caddie. [Image via Activision/YouTube]Of course, Empire will also be bringing Call Of Duty: Black Ops III‘s new movement system to the classic Raid, which should make for some interesting new tactics. As designer David Vonderhaar put it, “It’s RAID, but it’s also not RAID because you don’t have the mantel speed penalties you had in BO2. It’s likely going to play super fast.”

In addition to Empire, Call Of Duty: Black Ops III“Descent” will come with three other maps, as per the usual in these DLC packs — including, as per iTechPost, the new Stalingrad zombies map, also known as Gorod Krovi, with a bit of a twist. As per the official announcement, “After escaping the swamps of Zetsubou No Shima, the Origins characters are hurled into a war-torn Stalingrad. Our heroes face their most dangerous enemies yet among the remnants of a battle between giant mechanized soldiers and ferocious dragons.”

We’re not quite certain where the zombies come into it at all, but the teaser trailer for Stalingrad certainly isn’t lacking for them.

To the point that the dragons and killer robots quite honestly seem to be sort of an afterthought. To the point that the dragons and killer robots quite honestly seem to be sort of an afterthought. [Image via Activision/YouTube]If nothing else, dragons, robots, and zombies sounds like a pretty entertaining time, and will include the same characters as the last two zombie maps.

The other maps coming with “Descent” include Berserk, a Viking village with blizzard weather, Cryogen, an isolated cryogenic prison (possibly a shout out to Demolition Man there?), and Rumble, a battle arena featuring more robots.

The “Descent” devs like robots.

The only other official description currently available is for Cryogen.

“Located far off the coast in the Dead Sea, an isolated compound holds some of the world’s most dangerous criminals in frozen isolation. Sentry towers keep watch over the the small map’s circular design as frenetic combat is funneled around the prison’s cryogenic tubes which offer plenty of opportunities for wall running attacks.”

Moving on to the release date, Call Of Duty: Black Ops III: “Descent” is set to release on PS4 as of July 12 — less than two weeks from today; at least, according to the Playstation Store digital preorder, which states that the “Descent” DLC will be arriving at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and will run $15 for anyone who doesn’t already hold the $50 Black Ops III Season Pass, for whom it will of course be included free of additional charge.

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