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Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack 1 – Official Call of Duty® DLC Trailer

The first full Modern Warfare 3 map pack is almost here! On the 20th of March, all Xbox 360 players will be able to purchase the first Map Pack Content Collection for Modern Warfare 3.

The map pack will consist of the first 6 DLC drops that premium ELITE members recieved.

Below is the content that will be included, check out each post for information on all the content in this collection.

Drops 1 & 2: Multiplayer Maps Piazza & Liberation.

Drop 3: Multiplayer Map Overwatch.

Drops 4, 5 & 6: Multiplayer Map Black Box & Spec Ops Missions Black Ice & Negotiator.

“The official Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 Collection 1 launch trailer. Our biggest DLC content pack in franchise history arrives stockpiled with four Multiplayer/Survival Mode Maps and two Special Ops Missions—Collection 1 is available for purchase by all Call of Duty®: MW3 owners with an Xbox LIVE Gold membership. If you’re a Call of Duty ELITE Premium member, you already have access to this content.”

Another video here sums up the 6 maps in more detail:

Xbox 360 MW3 Advert

Why the Xbox 360 gets Call of Duty DLC before all other platforms

Amongst the Call of Duty community there is confusion and frustration about Modern Warfare 3 DLC map packs and why the Xbox 360 community receives the content a month before everyone else.

With the addition of the Elite service, people are more confused now than ever since the service said that you will get DLC before everyone else. The fact is that with an Elite subscription you’ll get DLC before everyone else on your platform but Xbox 360 users will still get it first.

Dan Amrich over at Activision has posted on his blog to clear up the confusion amongst the community.

Basically back in 2010, the year Modern Warfare 2 was released, Activison and Microsoft entered a business deal to release DLC on the Xbox 360 earlier than other platforms. (A contract which ends at the end of 2012) It was a great deal for Xbox 360 users and Microsoft as it would make their platform the best place to play Call of Duty.

Undoubtedly they paid a small fortune for the privellage to do so, yet Activision still agreed to go ahead with the deal back then and hence has pushed the PS3 and PC community behind.

Somewhere along the way, people convinced themselves that an Elite subscription would trump the 2010 DLC exclusivity deal that was created before Elite existed — that by paying for Elite, they were somehow invalidating a contract between Activision and Microsoft. It doesn’t make any sense, but it is what people started to think.

He brought attention to the Elite FAQ page which quotes:Similar to Map Packs, X360 Premium members will receive their Content before PS3 Premium members. All Call of Duty ELITE Premium members will receive a steady stream of content released monthly for 9 months through the Content season, and they will also receive their Content before non-premium members on their console.”

Exclusivity isn’t uncommon in the games industry though, games such as Haze (PS3) and Gears of War (Xbox 360) were completely exclusive to their respective platform, a much larger exclusivity deal than releasing content at different dates.

We should look on the bright side though that we all are going to get the content eventually one way or another. The platform which has it worst of all though is the PC community which doesn’t even have access to an Elite service so they’ll be getting the DLC Map Packs last of all.

Dan also mentioned in the comments: “I understand that people are frustrated; I’m not denying it. I sympathize, because I have also been a consumer on the outside of an exclusive deal, and I know how it feels. But again…I have accepted it as part of business. Also, this is a temporary situation. I would hope — but not expect, just hope — for some greater perspective. “

Who knows what the future holds for exclusivity deals in Call of Duty though, Microsoft and Activision may enter another business deal as soon as the current one ends again. What would be interesting though is if Sony or Steam were to make a similar offer to get content exclusive before all other platforms! That would shake things up a little!

Call Of Duty Map Packs


MW3 DLC Monthly Schedule for Elite members released

Update: The Call of Duty MW3 content calendar has now been changed, find the most update post here: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/news/mw3-content-calendar-has-changed-21-content-drops-of-dlc-coming/

Original post: As we’ve known for some time now, there is going to be 20 drops of DLC content for Elite subscribers over a 9 month period (Starting in january with the first two).

It’s been mentioned multiple times that Infinity Ward wants to offer more than just new multiplayer maps through their DLC releases. The timeline shows that we have 6 new Spec Ops missions and 2 new game modes to look forward to.

According to the official timeline posted here, this is how the coming months will pan out:

  • January: Two multiplayer maps (Piazza and Liberation)
  • Feburary: One multiplayer map
  • March: One multiplayer map and two Spec Ops missions
  • April: Two multiplayer maps
  • May: One multiplayer map and one Spec Ops mission
  • June: One multiplayer map, one Spec Ops mission and a new game mode
  • July: Two multiplayer maps
  • August: One multiplayer map, one Spec Ops mission and a new game mode
  • September: One multiplayer map and one Spec Ops mission

This is only for Elite Premium members though. 4 – 6 drops will later form a content map pack which will then be released to all non premium memebers, it’s likely this will not be for a while though.

Call Of Duty Map Packs


How to download MW3 DLC and Content Drops

The content season for Premium ELITE members for Modern Warfare 3 has begun! Check out the two sectons below for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for details on how to download the new content.

“In order to download the new maps you must be an ELITE Premium member. You can become a Premium member by purchasing a subscription through the in-game store or console application.”

If you are not an ELITE Premium member: Then you can purchase map packs from your platforms respective store. There are 4 map packs available for Modern Warfare 3: Collection 1, Collection 2, Collection 3 & Collection 4. Each map pack is priced at $15 and gives you access to certain drops that the ELITE players recieved.

ELITE Premium members will be able to download Drops via their consoles respective Store for free.

When the first Map Pack is released, you will also find it in the store but will obviously have to pay either $15 or 1200 Microsoft Points.

*XBOX 360 ELITE Players read below (PS3 After)*

The DLC will likely roll out to different areas over the world slowly so if you haven’t got a message or anything yet then just hold out till the end of the day.

1. Launch MW3 on the Xbox 360.
2. From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.
3. From the Multiplayer Menu, select Store (notice NEW is listed for Premium users).
4: The Store screen will feature different options based on whether you are currently an ELITE Premium member or not.

  • ELITE Premium subscriber – ELITE premium users will see both ELITE Drop maps (Liberation and Piazza) listed as downloads with the cost shown as Free (0 Microsoft Points).  You will need to download both maps, otherwise you will encounter error messages directing you to download the missing map when trying to play them anywhere other than MP Private Match.
  • Non-Premium – Non-premium users will be directed to the current MW3 retail store when Store is selected, where they can continue to download trailers, avatar items, and picture packs.

5: Verify that the transaction price for the ELITE Drop maps is zero Microsoft Points, and select Confirm Purchase.
6: Select OK and Exit MW3 to allow the multiplayer maps to download.”

A video has also been released by the CALLOFDUTY YouTube channel on how to download the content for the Xbox 360.

*For PlayStation 3 Players:*

  • Log onto the PlayStation 3 Network and start Modern Warfare 3
  • Install and update to the mandatory 1.10 update
  • Click on Store on the main page
  • Choose the Elite Drop 1 & 2: Piazza and Liberation (Bundle)
  • You will then be taken to the download panel where you will see one download for Liberation and one for Piazza.
  • Press the download all button or download them both seperatley and you’re done!
  • To play the maps, go to find game and then choose the new ELITE Playlist which has appeared. (Pictures Below)

Note: If you notice there are lots of downloads in the list for the same content, only download the one that matches the BLES code of your game. You can find your BLES code on the back of your manual.

A video has now been official released for help on playing and downloading the DLC for PlayStation 3 users:

Enjoy the new maps and let us know what you think of them! See you on the battlefield.
Source: Activision

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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.