In the recent ELITE TV video from Call of Duty, it was revealed that the content drops 4 to 6 for premium ELITE PlayStation 3 members will be coming “on or around 4/12″.
The PlayStation 3 ELITE members will also be getting the third drop Overwatch on the 29th of March.
Oneofswords from Activision reveals explains the reason there is no fixed date for the PlayStation 3: “Why “on or around?” Because the exact posting time for PSN DLC is up to Sony, since they run and update the PlayStation Store. Maybe that updated will be mid-morning, or maybe it will be late in that day; maybe that will make it actually technically the next day if you live in Europe, which would be “around 4/12.” Activision can’t promise a date because Activision doesn’t update the digital stores itself. I think of it as if Activision is Pepsi and Sony is the grocery store; we deliver the fizzy water, but they actually run the checkout line.”
Update:24 Pieces of DLC now confirmed. Link: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/?p=1969
On the 4th of February, the Call of Duty content calendar was updated from the original 20 pieces of DLC content to accomodate an extra piece of DLC making the total 21 and the same has happened again! It is currently scheduled that Modern Warfare 3 will gain 22 pieces of unique content.
The Content Calendar currently lists the following totals to be release:
12 Multiplayer / Survival Maps
6 Spec Ops Missions
Like with the previous addition to the calendar, an extra piece of “Classified DLC” has been added.
When the content calendar was originally released, the two classified content drops were labelled as “Game Mode” so it is extremely likely that there could be four extra game types that will come as part of a content drop.
With the addition of the extra Classified Drop it appears the month of May is going to be a huge part of the DLC season with the release of four content drops as once!
When ELITE users signed up to the service they were promised at least 20 pieces of DLC so it’s great two see that they are recieving two extra drops for free and maybe even more in the future!
The March DLC for Call of Duty ELITE Premium members will include three pieces of unique content to Modern Warfare 3. This month is particularly special since it is the first time ever that a Spec Ops mission has been released as part of a DLC package. Alongside that, March is also the month where all previous 6 content drops will be released to non-premium ELITE members as part of a full Map Pack Collection which we are all used to.
The first piece of content in the drop is a new multiplayer map called “Black Box“. “Battle beside and through the wreckage of a downed Air Force One in “Black Box.” Multi-level homes overlook the neighboring streets, creating a deadly kill zone for players on the ground. With clear sight lines from house to house, however, snipers are far from safe, with counter-sniping an ever-present threat to their dominance. Those that prefer close-quarters combat can succeed in the tight confines of the crashed airplane or in hunting down enemies posted up within any of the surrounding homes.” Black Box is a great map for both main variety of players, Long Range snipers and close quarter fighters making it a map that everyone can love!
The second piece of content for this drop is a Spec Ops mission is called “Black Ice”. Shred ice from aboard your snowmobile as you infiltrate a Russian diamond mine in the Special Ops mission, “Black Ice.” Melt more than snow when you plant high-grade explosives to shut the mine down forever. Hint: This one ends with a bang! This marks the first time Special Ops has been made downloadable online in franchise history. We’ve seen the snowmobile missions before in Modern Warfare 2 and they definitely were great fun so Black Box has to live up to expectations!
The last piece of content in this drop is another brand new Spec Ops mission called “Negotiator“. Cash in all your karma as you head to India for high-stakes hostage extraction in “Negotiator,” an all-new Special Ops mission in which you’ll breach-and-clear rooms and navigate surface streets to secure the safety of your VIPs. There are loads of hostages to keep you on your ties with this mission, the best way to describe Negotiator is this: “A badass breachfest!”.
The Spec Ops missions will be playable solo or as a Co-Op just like with other Spec Ops missions already available in Modern Warfare 3. You will have to go into the Co-Op section of Modern Wafare 3 in order to play them.
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. Otherwise you will be able to purchase all content via map packs at later dates, the first Map Pack will be released on March 20th for Xbox and include the first 6 content drops, more info on that here. Then you can purchase it through the PlayStation Network, XBOX Live or Steam (For PC users).
As well as the new content, 6 new Trophies (PS3) and Achievements (Xbox) have been added for the two new Spec Ops missions:
Shotgun Diplomacy: Complete the Special Ops mission “Negotiator” on any difficulty. (15G)
Not on My Watch: Rescue all the hostages in the Special Ops mission “Negotiator”. (25G)
Skilled Negotiator: Complete the Special Ops mission “Negotiator” on Veteran difficulty. (35G)
Slippery Slope: Complete the “Black Ice” Special Ops mission on any difficulty. (15G)
A Baker’s Dozen: Run over and kill 13 enemies with the snowmobile in the “Black Ice” Special Ops mission. (35G)
Ice in Your Veins: Complete the “Black Ice” Special Ops mission on Veteran difficulty. (35G)
The next three content drops are on their way and much sooner than expected!
It has been revealed in official posts by Call of Duty that the next three drops will be arriving for Xbox 360 ELITE Premium members on the 13th of March 2012 (That’s less than a month since the release of Overwatch!)
Drop 4 is a new multiplayer map called Black Box.
Drop 5 is a new Spec Ops mission called Black Ice.
Drop 6 is a new Spec Ops mission called Negotiator.
This is the first piece of DLC ever in the history of Call of Duty that is brining new Spec Ops missions into the game.