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Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection Map Pack 1


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.

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.

For the Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3, 6 new achievements / trophies have been added to the game with the new content collection. 3 for each Spec Ops mission.

  • Shotgun Diplomacy (15G)Complete the Special Ops mission “Negotiator” on any difficulty.
  • Not on My Watch (35G)Rescue all the hostages in the Special Ops mission “Negotiator.”
  • Skilled Negotiator (25G)Complete the Special Ops mission “Negotiator” on Veteran difficulty.
  • Slippery Slope (15G)Complete the “Black Ice” Special Ops mission on any difficulty.
  • A Baker’s Dozen (35G)Run over and kill 13 enemies with the snowmobile in the “Black Ice” Special Ops mission.
  • Ice in Your Veins (35G)Complete the “Black Ice” Special Ops mission on Veteran difficulty.

Prices:

Xbox 360: 1200 Microsoft Points
PlayStation3: $15
PC: $15
Video of all 6 drops:

Some pictures of the 6 drops below:

 

 

Teddy Bear easter egg found in Piazza

As with previous Modern Warfare games, including some maps in MW3 it’s been found that there are Teddy Bear easter eggs dotted all over the place!

The most recent find onver at http://www.egmnow.com/ has showed another one found in the new map which was released just the other day for Xbox 360 users.

The most recent Teddy Bear has been found in the Piazza map. Other ones have been found in:

  • Lockdown
  • Bootleg
  • Outpost
  • Dome
  • Arkaden
  • Seatown
  • Mission
  • Village

Some can only be found when flying around using the freecam mode while spectating where they’ll be an the most stragest of locations or weilding dual, golden desert eagle guns!  While others will simple be hidden under a table in a map.

It’s become Infinity Ward’s trademark to do so with these cute little bears so keep an eye out for them in future maps! Check out the video below for the one found in Piazza.

Another easter egg we’ve noticed was on the single player mode when you are in the tube stations. The map of the network has some interesting names on them, some possible hinting at future map pack releases! Check it out here: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/news/mw3-easter-egg-possibly-hints-at-future-map-pack-content/

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Modern Warfare 3: Content Drops 1 & 2

The first two Content Drops are the first pieces of DLC for Modern Warfare 3 Elite members which have been released toady (24th January 2012). The release of these two pieces of content kick starts the 9 month DLC season for Modern Warfare 3 and the journey to the release of 20 drops in total over the season.

Content Drop 1 & 2 Release Dates:

Xbox 360 Elite Subscriber: 24th January 2012
PlayStation 3 Elite Subscriber: 28th February 2012
Xbox 360:  20th March 2012 (As part of a full map pack)
PlayStation 3: 19th April 2012 (As part of a full map pack)
PC: Likely not until April (As part of a Full Map Pack DLC)

With the new Call of Duty: Elite service that was launched alongside Modern Warfare 3 and the whole new Drop system you should check our article here for how it all works: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/news/mw3-content-season-how-the-content-drops-and-content-collections-will-work-and-roadmap/

The first map is called “Piazza” and is set on the coast of Italy. Described as a “very vertical, chaiotic, route map” and designed for those who love to run around and gun people down at close quarters. A great map for tactical gameplay types in which you have to be fast and ready for anything. Being a very vertical map makes a change from what you usually see which is generally pretty flat so it’ll make for some interesting and new combat experiences. 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 second map is called “Liberation” which takes place in Central Park: New York Manhattan. It’s a map that many will recognise from real life as it is such an iconic location. The map 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. By the sounds of it, it’s a great map for sniping so you’ll definatley need to watch out!  A direct message from the video which teased the map urged players to not “Run and Gun” in a map like this, this will be a welcome treat for players who aren’t big fans of dual weilding two automatic pistols.


The two maps then clearly are very different in terms of how people like to play, Piazza is for those who like to “Run and Gun” with intense and close combat battles whereas Liberation seems much more open, appealing to snipers and those who don’t favour the latter approach to playing in Modern Warfare 3.

These two drops / maps, alongside 3 other drops will be put into the first Modern Warfare 3 Map Pack and then released for non-premium Elite members at a later date.

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 6 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!

Prices:

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)

Let us know what you think of the new maps in the comments section!

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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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Modern Warfare 3: Map Pack 1 DLC details revealed


Update: The Content Drops have now been officially released. Check here for full details: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/modern-warfare-3/modern-warfare-3-content-drops-1-2/

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In a video posted on YouTube by the Call of Duty Elite team we were taken behind the scenes of Infinity Ward and Beachhead Studios and some interesting facts were revealed!

There will be two maps featured in the first Content Drop for Modern Warfare 3 which is set for a 24th of January release which is when the DLC season will kick off. Starting on the 24th of January for 9 months, every month a piece of DLC or Map Pack will be released for Modern Warfare 3. Elite Premium members will get the content absolutely free, pricing for non-premium players has yet to be announced.

Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software and Beachhead Studio are all working on extra Modern Warfare 3 content.

It seems the franchise though is really trying to get users to sign up for the premium service, revealling that non-premium members will not be getting the first DLC / Map Pack until sometime in march! “ELITE subscribers get free monthly DLC content drops for #MW3. In March, the first paid collection of DLC comes out for non-subscribers.” By that time the premium members will have already had 3 pieces of DLC and leaving the rest of the community two months behind.

So the release dates of the MW3 content are going to follow something like this:

  1. Xbox 360 Premium Elite Subscribers
  2. PlayStation 3 Premium Elite Subscribers
  3. Xbox 360 Non-Premium
  4. PlayStation & PC Non-Premium

The DLC’s will be split up into “Drops” and “Collections”. Premium Elite subscribers will recieve drops (about two pieces of content at a time) for free. Multiple Drops will make up a Collection which is what will be released to non-elite subscribers which they will have to pay for. This means non-Elite subscribers won’t be able to get the content as fast or purchase the content as a Drop, only once multiple drops are put together into a collection can they purchase it. It is a VERY confusing system, especially with the whole Xbox exclusivity and Elite service, to put it simple the best position you can be in the MW3 map packs is to own an Xbox 360 and have an Elite subscription!

The video also hints at what we can expect from future releases such as more Spec Ops missions for the first time ever in a map pack and even extensions to the Single Player story campaign! The video also said how the team plans on engaging the community on the actual creation of the content so we can get content more tailored to exactly what we want to see which is great news!

For more information on how the whole content drop and content collection (Map Packs) will work, check the post here: http://www.callofdutymappacks.com/news/mw3-content-season-how-the-content-drops-and-content-collections-will-work-and-roadmap/

The first map is called “Piazza” and is set on the coast of Italy. Described as a “very vertical, chaiotic, route map” and designed for those who love to run around and gun people down at close quarters. A great map for tactical gameplay types in which you have to be fast and ready for anything. Being a very vertical map makes a change from what you usually see which is generally pretty flat so it’ll make for some interesting and new combat experiences.

The second map is called “Liberation” which takes place in Central Park: New York Manhattan. It’s a map that many will recognise from real life as it is such an iconic location. By the sounds of it, it’s a great map for sniping so you’ll definatley need to watch out! A direct message from the video to not “Run and Gun” will be a welcome treat for players who aren’t big fans of dual weilding two automatic pistols.

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The two maps then clearly are very different in terms of how people like to play, Piazza is for those who like to “Run and Gun” with intense and close combat battles whereas Liberation seems much more open, appealing to snipers and those who don’t favour the latter approach to playing in Modern Warfare 3.

It is unclear whether there will be only two maps in total with this first Map Pack / DLC release or whether it will be bundelled with more content since previously, all map packs have ranged from including 4 to 5 maps… Hopefully the amount of content will refect on the price for non-premium Elite subscribers but either way, that wont be till two months after the initial release.

A Call of Duty: Elite Premium membership currently cost $50 a year, it seems for 9 pieces of DLC it may be worth the dive! (Assuming all DLC’s are going to have to be paid for by non-Elite members) It’s always possible that the DLC’s could be released free for the PC community since there is no Elite service for the platform yet, although this is just wishful thinking. Check the Elite website here for more info.

Check out the video below for more details: