The next Content Collection Map Pack is on its way! Map Pack 2 includes 3 brand new Multiplayer Maps, 2 brand new Spec Ops missions and 2 brand new multiplayer maps for the brand new “Face Off” game mode.
Everyone who is not a premium-ELITE members will be able to access the new maps and content by purchasing Map Packs, just like the way things used to be.
Content Collection Map Pack 2 Release Dates:
Xbox 360: 22nd May 2012
PlayStation 3: 21st of June.
PC: 21st of June.
If I am an ELITE Premium member, do I need to download Collection 2?
No. Collection 2 is intended for players who have not yet subscribed to ELITE. ELITE Premium players on the Xbox 360 already have access to all of this content and can download the first 6 DLC drops at any time.
The second map pack for Modern Warfare 3 will include the ELITE Content Drops 7 through to 12.
The first map is called Sanctuary. “Suspended in the air one thousand feet up, you’ll battle more than altitude in the towering sandstone monasteries of Central Greece. Formed over millions of years, this sanctuary’s natural rock pillars have repelled invading armies and withstood the ravages of time but now they’ll face your deployment. Test your skills—and the ancient monks’ craftsmanship—with your arsenal of SMG’s, assault rifles and shotguns. Just remember: don’t look down.”
Truly a Modern Warfare 3 map like no other it adds great diversity into the collection of existing multiplayer maps as you battle in a classical little village with stunning visuals. A large outer circuit opens up long sight lines along the perimeter, circling a central monastery filled with tight hallways and sharp corners. Success requires the ability to focus your attacks and wait for the right moment to make a move. You can play it safe by sticking to the outside, but you’re likely to get left out of combat as the battle moves on.
The second map is called Foundation. “Journey into the heart of South Korea for a decommissioned concrete factory where the cement flows and bullets fly. After decades of constructing roads and buildings, the towering facility is now a perfectly-constructed combat zone for sniping and run-and-gun rules of engagement. Don’t stand in awe of the towering concrete crusher at the center of the factory unless you want to see your kill ratio meet the same fate.”
Foundation reminds us of a more industrial version of Quarry and Fuel from Modern Warfare 2, it has lots of buildings you can enter, ladders you can climb and jumping areas! Vertically the map is pretty daunting and seems huge but as you start to get used to it, you’ll realise its actually fairly small so it is great tactical map similar to Dome and Hardhat.
Foundation’s abundant verticality challenges teams with key vantage points surrounding the environment. While the upper levels give a clearer view of the field, however, multiple entryways allow easy access for ground units to flank and surprise snipers attempting to gain an advantage. Coordinate with your teammates to best determine enemy location and take the ground with the least exposure.
The next piece of new content is a multiplayer map called Oasis (ELITE Content Drop 9): Though once a picturesque escape for vacationers, the sprawling Hotel Oasis is now a Multiplayer paradise, with multiple lanes of combat built atop an ancient fortress.
ELITE Content Drop 10: With Kill Switch, one player is on the ground who’s mission is to detonate an E.M.P while the seconadry player is a armed with a sniper rifle and is providing cover for the player on the ground who will eventually get to call in a Reaper at the end of the mission. Kill Switch takes place in Russian Industrial Docks.
ELITE Content Drop 11: Ironclad is a great, brand new special ops mission that takes you back to the campaign in Goalpost. Delta is sent in with S.A.S to escort out the last Tank Division. A brand new mechanic where one player will control the tank. You’ve got one person on the ground who is an infantry man, armed with C4 which you can plant on verious obstacles to open a path for the tank and the other who controls and drives the tank, giving you the ability to use the 100 calibre gun on top or the main beast to take out enemies and other vehicles.
A new set of Achievements / Tropies will be released with Ironclad and Kill Switch, they are as follows:
- Helipocalypse: Destroy 6 helicopters in the “Kill Switch” Special Ops mission.
- EMPressive…: Complete the “Kill Switch” Special Ops mission on Veteran difficulty.
- One-Four-One: Complete the “Kill Switch” Special Ops mission on any difficulty.
- Don’t Tread on Me: Complete the “Iron Clad” Special Ops mission on any difficulty.
- High Roller: Complete the “Iron Clad” Special Ops mission on Veteran difficulty.
- Not a Scratch: Finish with your tank at full health in the “Iron Clad” Special Ops mission.
Face Off is a brand new play style / game mode, created specifically for Multiplayer in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer. The new game mode includes “sub-game modes” of either TDM or Kill Confirmed” but the basis behind the new game mode is Mini-Fights, involving 1v1′s or 2v2′s.
Face Off has small maps, custom created to have sight lines and layouts to keep you the action quickly. Engagements occur quickly and regularly so you don’t spend a huge amount of time running around the map searching for the enemy.
Face Off is a great way to see who the best player is amongst your friends in maps that are small enough to make it fun and even.
There will be two playlists for Face Off, either a 1v1 playlist or a 2v2 playlist. (Also available in Split Screen!)
Face Off Map: Aground (Free to all MW3 Players): (Available to all MW3 members): Head to Scotland’s Orkney Islands for the latest “Face Off” map, where treacherous cliff faces, networks of caves and the rusted and ruined remains of a grounded transport ship provide for constant combat.
Face Off Map: Erosion (Free to all MW3 Players): (Available to all MW3 members): Make your way through Mediterranean ruins and ancient aqueducts, using leftover Roman masonry for thousand-year-old cover in this new “Face Off” map. An epic visual experiance, brilliant architecture which is built around a 2v2 gameplay style. This map has three main routes, two down the side and one down the middle.
ELITE Content Drop 12: (Two Face Off maps for ELITE members, Lookout & Getaway):
Lookout: (Extra Face Off map only available to Content Collection 2 owners or ELITE Premium members): Carved into a combat-weary mountainside, this new “Face Off” map pits you against your opposition in a forward observation base littered in chokepoints and tight corridors. Set in the hills of Afgahnistan.
Getaway: (Extra Face Off map only available to Content Collection 2 owners or ELITE Premium members): The first “Face Off” map in Modern Warfare® franchise history, what once was a tropical beach getaway boasting exotic aquariums and oversized pools is now a haven for ruthless run-and-gun violence. Set in an amazing house on the beaches of Brazil, a brilliant Face Off map.
How do I get it the drops?
If you are an Elite premium member then the next time you go into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer you will get a message saying that new content is available and then it will download it automatically. If not then make sure you visit the “Store” menu option where you should be presented with a message. The content will roll out slowly around the world so don’t be alarmed if it doesn’t show up straight away.
Note: You can still become an Elite member after the Drops have been released and still get all the Drops that have been and will be released.
If you are not an Elite member then you will need to wait till the content is released as part of a map pack which will include 5 pieces of content. Then you can purchase it through the PlayStation Network, XBOX Live or Steam (For PC users).
To play the new maps: Once you’ve downloaded the new maps there will be a new playlist type called Elite Playlists for online Multiplayer, from which you can play your new maps. Also for survival mode, there will be an option called “The struggle continues with all new maps”, select that and you’re on your way!