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.