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Modern Warfare 3: Content Drops 7 & 8

The next two installments for the Modern Warfare 3 ELITE content season are here! Two more Multiplayer / Survival maps are on the way. The maps here are like no other you will have seen before in Modern Warfare 3 so they are a great addition to the online experience.

Content Drops 7 & 8 Release Dates:

Xbox 360 Elite Subscriber: 10th April 2012
PlayStation 3 Elite Subscriber: 10th May 2012
Xbox 360: Unknown currently but part of Map Pack 2.
PlayStation 3: Unknown currently but part of Map Pack 2.
PC: Unknown currently but part of Map Pack 2.

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.

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.

There is more detailed information on how to download it here for Elite members on this page.

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!


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)

We’ll update you with the latest information as we get it so follow us on our Twitter feed to stay in the loop as a video showcasing the two new maps is likely to be released shortly.


More infomation and pictures on Piazza and Liberation maps: Content Drops 1 & 2

As revealed in a post two days ago we were informed that Robert Bowling would be talking about the first two maps that are going to be featured in Modern Warfare 3′s DLC season on GTTV. As promised here are some screenshots and the link to the video. He told us a little more about the maps, what makes them unique and some great game play footage.

The video showed a lot of game play of both the maps (Liberation and Piazza) The first Drop (Liberation), is described as a militarized central park in new york and unlike any other map in Modern Warfare 3. The main focus of this map is snipers, the map provides great sight-lines down the map for some great sniping action, as well as two turrets on either side of the map to allow you to hold certain areas with ease. The map is going to be great for big team games such as Domination and Ground War.

The second Drop map called Piazza is set in an Italian sea side village, proving to a visually beautiful map. The map is very vertical and is a massive uphill battle, providing a new type of game play and offering up some new strategic possibilities. As well as this, the map features tight corridors resulting in lots of close quarters combat situations. The map also provides lots of routes to get around making it great for flanking round behind the enemy.

For more information on the maps and when they will be released check here (MW3 Content Season – How the Content Drops and Content Collections will work and roadmap) and don’t forget to watch the GTTV video below for all the pics and video’s of game play. The Modern Warfare 3 DLC information starts at about 17 minutes into the video.


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MW3 Content Season – How the Content Drops and Content Collections will work and roadmap

Yesterday it was revealed what was going to be included in the first MW3 drop for Call of Duty: Elite members. The first drop will include two new multiplayer maps, more information on that can be found here.

But how exactly is the release of content going to work for Non-Premium Elite subscribers compaired to Premium members? Basically the Map Pack releases are going to be split up into “Content Drops” and “Content Collections”

A “Content Drop” is a small piece of DLC that will inlcude just a few new features like the first one which will include just two maps. Drops are free and only available to Premium Elite members. Content in a Drop will always be released before it is put into a Collection. When referring to “A Drop” Call of Duty mean that as a single piece of additional content like a map rather than a collection of them.

A “Content Collection” is basically what most of us are used to when we think of Call of Duty Map Packs / DLC. It will be made up five content drops to form a collection which non-premium Elite members can then purchase for a price via Xbox LIVE, PSN or Steam.

“All content drops for Call of Duty Elite premium members will occur once a month, starting in January for Xbox Live users and will continue through the year, ending in September.  During the first three months of 2012, Activision will release five different content drops on three occasions in January, February and March, first on Xbox Live, followed by additional platforms at a later time. ”

“The first two Content Drops will be multiplayer maps—also playable in Modern Warfare 3 Survival Mode—that throw combatants into a war-torn Central Park and an Italian seaside village.  Liberation 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.  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 third Content Drop will be available for download in mid-February and two additional Content Drops will go live in March, as premium Call of Duty Elite members will receive new content once a month through September.

Also in March, the first Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection will be available for purchase by the entire Call of Duty: MW3 player community on Xbox Live” and then later for PC and PS3 Members.

Roadmap of Content Releases:

  • 24th of January 2012: Two Content Drops will be released (Maps: Liberation and Piazza)
  • Sometime in Feburary: One Content Drop (Perhaps a new Spec Ops mission or an extension to the story)
  • Sometime in March: Two Content Drops will be released again (Likely to be more multiplayer maps)
  • Later in March: The 5 Content Drops will be formed into a Content Collection and released to be purcahse to Non-Premium Elite Xbox 360 owners

In total there will be 20 Drops, assuming 5 Drops per map pack / content collection we can assume there will be a total of 4 map packs for Modern Warfare 3. The 20 drops will be released over 9 months, releasing between 1 to 3 drops a month.

“To celebrate the launch of each new content drop, Call of Duty Elite will run specialized events for real-world prizes throughout the nine-month Season. Additional details about the Modern Warfare 3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite and Collection series will be announced throughout the year.”

You can subscribe to Call of Duty’s Elite service at any time and get all Drops that have been released, before or after you subscribe. Now would seem like a pretty good time to sign up for the service though, it clearly has a lot to offer, giving you access to all the extra content a long time before non-Elite subscribers. The membership is $50 a year, check here for more info: http://www.callofduty.com/elite. Also have a read of what is going to be included in the first Drop here.