I don’t know what the motivation is behind this (ok, I really do) but Activision is promising players of their first person shooter: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3“, 20 content updates by September of this year.
Activision has released a DLC schedule covering the next 9 months of 2012, including the first DLC drop which will happen on January 24th, which will include 2 maps for use in adversarial multiplayer and survival modes. After that will be a drop in February and then 2 more in March. The DLC schedule only covers 360 DLC and you must be an Elite member to get it.
Activision is obviously very proud of the MW3 launch and Call of Duty Elite (Though one has to wonder how they could dare call it a success) and have had a bit to say about the release schedule.
Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said:
“The mammoth launch of Modern Warfare 3 and the breakout success of Call of Duty Elite were just the beginning. Call of Duty Elite provides an ‛always-on’ connection to our fanbase, and the MW3 Content Season is the ultimate way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Call of Duty community and provide tremendous value to Call of Duty Elite premium members. With the Call of Duty: MW3 Content Season forCall of Duty Elite we are delivering on our promise of more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever. With three studios collaborating on the first season, the breadth and depth of material on tap is truly extraordinary. It’s rare you can successfully execute both quantity and quality, but thanks to the expertise of our developers, the reach of Call of Duty Elite and the passion of our fans, we intend to deliver.”
Now, again, I don’t know how they can dare to call it a “breakout success” considering COD Elite has been pretty much nothing short of a 40 pound box of fail all along but apparently the big-wigs up at Activision have their rose colored glasses on. Either that or they’re just really, really dumb.
So we’re going to (allegedly) see 20 dlc drops over the next 9 months, huh? I can’t help but wonder if each one is going to be just a new map, as is the case so far. Kinda sounds like the crap Activision is known for and since the schedule looks pretty tight, well…I’m not hopeful for the fans of the game.
And for those who want it straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s an excerpt from their press release.
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 Elitemembers 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.
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.
Stay tuned and we’ll get you more details as they are available.
Also, here’s a grip of screenshots. Enjoy!