Three months after the initial release of DLC for Modern Warfare 3 ELITE Premium members, new maps and content have finally arrived for the masses.
Everyone who is not a premium-ELITE members will be able to access the new maps and content by purchasing Map Packs, just like the way things used to be.
Content Collection Map Pack 1 Release Dates:
Xbox 360: 20th March 2012 PlayStation 3: 19th April 2012. PC: 8th May 2012.
If I am an ELITE Premium member, do I need to download Collection 1?
No. Collection 1 is intended for players who have not yet subscribed to ELITE. ELITE Premium players on the Xbox 360 already have access to all of this content and can download the first 6 DLC drops at any time.
The first map pack for Modern Warfare 3 will include the first 6 content drops that ELITE members have received over the last few months.
Below is the content that will be included, check out each post for information on all the content in this collection.
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)
In an official post by the MW3Updates and via Call of Duty’s content calendar, some details were revealed about the fourth, fifth and sixth content drops for Modern Warfare 3. The March season of content includes one new multiplayer map and two new spec ops missions.
“Three more #MW3 Content Drops coming for Xbox 360 Premium members in March: Black Box, Black Ice, and Negotiator”
The fourth content drop “Black Box” was teased previously when some unofficial images were revealed depicting a plane crash next to what looks like the Estate mission from Modern Warfare 2 (This map was previously rumoured to be named “Morning Wood”).
Apart from the image below which was leaked and the small picture on the content calendar no other information has been released yet.
Apart from the images and names, little information has been released about the two spec ops missions.
“Black Ice” appears to be one of the very fun spec ops missions which takes you for a ride on a snowmobile while you shoot down enemies and dodge trees, usually ending with a spectacular jump over a cliff to the finish line. Always a very fun spec ops mission!
These content drops will be released for Xbox 360 Premium ELITE members sometime in March 2012. The release date will be later for PS3 players as usual and even later for non Premium Players when released as part of a map pack.