The first two Content Drops are the first pieces of DLC for Modern Warfare 3 Elite members which have been released toady (24th January 2012). The release of these two pieces of content kick starts the 9 month DLC season for Modern Warfare 3 and the journey to the release of 20 drops in total over the season.
Content Drop 1 & 2 Release Dates:
Xbox 360 Elite Subscriber: 24th January 2012
PlayStation 3 Elite Subscriber: 28th February 2012
Xbox 360: 20th March 2012 (As part of a full map pack)
PlayStation 3: 19th April 2012 (As part of a full map pack)
PC: Likely not until April (As part of a Full Map Pack DLC)
With the new Call of Duty: Elite service that was launched alongside Modern Warfare 3 and the whole new Drop system you should check our article here for how it all works: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/news/mw3-content-season-how-the-content-drops-and-content-collections-will-work-and-roadmap/
The first map is called “Piazza” and is set on the coast of Italy. Described as a “very vertical, chaiotic, route map” and designed for those who love to run around and gun people down at close quarters. A great map for tactical gameplay types in which you have to be fast and ready for anything. Being a very vertical map makes a change from what you usually see which is generally pretty flat so it’ll make for some interesting and new combat experiences. Piazza is the idyllic Italian getaway that is anything but, where tight corners and branching pathways pose great risk at every turn. Close-range combat dominates in Piazza, where attacks from behind, above and below are an ever-constant threat.
The second map is called “Liberation” which takes place in Central Park: New York Manhattan. It’s a map that many will recognise from real life as it is such an iconic location. The map is a vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower. By the sounds of it, it’s a great map for sniping so you’ll definatley need to watch out! A direct message from the video which teased the map urged players to not “Run and Gun” in a map like this, this will be a welcome treat for players who aren’t big fans of dual weilding two automatic pistols.
The two maps then clearly are very different in terms of how people like to play, Piazza is for those who like to “Run and Gun” with intense and close combat battles whereas Liberation seems much more open, appealing to snipers and those who don’t favour the latter approach to playing in Modern Warfare 3.
These two drops / maps, alongside 3 other drops will be put into the first Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack and then released for non-premium Elite members at a later date.
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 6 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!
All Elite Members: Free
Xbox 360: 1200 Microsoft Points (In full map pack)
PlayStation3: $15 (In full map pack)
PC: $15 (In full map pack)
Let us know what you think of the new maps in the comments section!