Activision bringing 20 'content drops' to Modern Warfare 3 by September

Activision announces downloadable content schedule for Modern Warfare 3; offerings start with multiplayer maps Liberation and Piazza on Xbox Live for Elite members.

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Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is already a massive moneymaker, but the shooter isn't done growing just yet. Today, Activision announced a nine-month downloadable content schedule for the game, which debuts on January 24 with the addition of two new multiplayer maps: Piazza and Liberation.

A peek at Liberation, one of Modern Warfare 3's first content drops.

Piazza and Liberation are also playable in Modern Warfare 3's Survival mode and represent just the beginning of what Activision has planned for the shooter. Beginning this month and running through September, Activision will release up to 20 pieces of DLC in monthly "content drops."

All content will be available first for Call of Duty: Elite paid subscribers on Xbox Live, with PlayStation 3 and PC releases following at later, not-yet-announced dates. Activision did not note when non-Elite subscribers will be able to purchase the content for the Xbox 360, PC, or PlayStation 3. A year-long subscription to Call of Duty: Elite costs $50.

Activision did not specify what future "content drops" will consist of, but it did note that forthcoming content will include a "broad variety" of items, including new multiplayer maps, Special-Ops missions, game modes, and more.

All content will arrive first on Xbox Live for Call of Duty: Elite paid subscribers, but gamers can also purchase content separately via what Activision calls "Modern Warfare 3 Content Collections."

The first Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection will be made available to all Xbox Live users in March. Unfortunately, Activision did not note how much this content pack will cost or when it will be released outside of Xbox Live.

Activision has three studios working to create add-on content for Modern Warfare 3. These studios are Modern Warfare 3 codevelopers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, as well as seasoned shooter shop Raven Software.

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199 comments
cephas90
cephas90

@indicaX Lol, I bash everything after MW2 (WaW doesn't count), not CoD in general. Also, you completely ignored my comment and went off on some tangent. L. O. L.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

Darkflare_EX Posted Jan 23, 2012 10:37 pm GMT 47 years olds aren't the target demographic for video games. They weren't back then and they still aren't right now. You're damn right. That is why games today suck ! Because they are customed for you, brainless teens people.You got that right.

barry1029
barry1029

Ok so I buy COD, ok so far. I buy a used copy in January, still doing good. (I know surprise surprise that someone could give back a copy before the next game right!!) Reading articles before buying I see that elites not working when it suppose to start up and that its just a social enhancer untill DLC drops, so not buying elite, good choice. (When am I going to need to look at my stats when not playing for needing accurate numbers?) I read another article, COD already has its next game started for next year, well there goes buying any DLC of any type in any COD game now or ever in the future. (And this wasn't even 24 hours after the release of MW3) There goes any chance of buying Elite or any of their DLC in this year. I dried up after MW2 being the first COD game I ever bought or actively played without it being owned by a friend, so no more milking me. Made this choice back in the time of BO and will continue to stick by it, COD if you can get me to buy your game somehow you shant get my money for DLC thats another game down the drain (usually in total they would get 60$ for 15$ MP's) for something that will be gone in 2 years time with your yearly releases.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@prince__vlad 47 years olds aren't the target demographic for video games. They weren't back then and they still aren't right now.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

@Darkflare_EX "I find your comment ironic on account that PC players are one of the more Multiplayer focused groups. Then again, your entire comment is ignorant if you seriously believe "real players" focus solely on single player. News flash, Multiplayer is a huge deal and it's been a huge deal for.....practically the whole time video games have existed." You are wrong. Look who is playing so called multiplayer. 99% are teens, which is nothing to me! I am 47 , I saw the dawn of graphic accelerator in 96 so don't tell me about what I know and what I don't. Today multiplayer is nothing what was once anymore. PERIOD!

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@djpetitte Oh you were the first one to tell me that I was wrong? Yea, do you honestly think that's enough? No, it's not. If you're going to tell someone that they're wrong, you back it up with proof. Just saying they're wrong IS NOT ENOUGH. It's a rather basic rule in arguments. You want to make a statement, you bring proof that supports it. Also, why do I suspect that you're calling your friends to thumbs me down and thumbs you up?

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

@Captain_hitec Yeah...some things are just beyond my comprehension and looks like we have at least 3 elite subscribers here because they thumbed your comment and mine down. Lol!

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

You guys should seriously stop. All that arguing can't be healthy.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Darkflare_EX I'm not sure you can read. Did you get your GED yet? I was the first one to tell you that you were wrong as soon as you made that clearly wrong statement! Two other people obviously felt the need to correct you as well. If Henrique wants to go to "great lengths" to copy and paste out of wikipedia lol thats' great, it just backed what I had already told you. Are you done yet or thirsty for more?

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@djpetitte Oh, YOU proved me wrong? When did you do that? All I see is blind fanboyism from you. You didn't even try to prove me wrong. The only one I see that actually bothered to go to great lengths to prove me wrong was Henrique. You? You did nothing, so don't try to take credit for something you didn't even do, noob.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Darkflare_EX I proved you wrong and you're calling me blind? text book definition of the pot calling the kettle black. If you go back to one of your early comments this is what you say: "And for the record, MW2 and MW3 couldn't be sold as expansions since they use COMPLETELY different engines" which is 99.9% WRONG statement. IF you cant figure that out yourself just by playing the games they are in fact the same core engine, you are a true noob. Not to mention two other people have told you the same thing on this thread. So, now you can go edit your comment so you dont look like such a noob. I'm not the one with all the thumbs down, so you might have to unhide your comment to edit it HAH. we will have to agree to disagree. End of conversation.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@Henrique2324 Finally, someone that actually bothers to look for their facts and show it up front. Anyway, I still believe these upgrades helped them a bit, if only to at least help add additional features properly in later games. Personally, I prefer the lack of vehicles and small battles, especially after WaW which had the tanks which I personally found OP. You practically needed a class dedicated for taking them out. Actually, this shows a particular point on why I don't like the CODvsBF arguments, both series focus on two completely different styles. COD focuses more on small battles and more up close combat than Battlefield which focuses more on larger scaled battles. I think this point alone demonstatrates a preference. Some prefer small scale battles and some prefer larger scaled battles and these two series illustrate that point. @djpetitte What are you talking about, noob? You didn't do anything but prove to everyone here that you're a blind BF fanboy. Go back to your hole.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@djpetitte - I agree. I have played every single Call of Duty game out there. Except for MW3. They were definitely headed in the right direction though. Having vehicles and large battles removed in Call of Duty 3 was a very bad move. Not to mention that their engine still feels the same, even after Call of Duty 2.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Henrique2324 thanks for explaining that. At the end of the day the core code is the same from the original with some optimization, which is fairly old. You can tell just by playing the games it's the exact same engine which was outdated years ago. I'm not saying updated software is alway better becuase usually thats not the case. But in cods case its completely outdated and until next gen counsoles come out they wont do anything about it. @Darkflare_EX hope u liked being schooled, you newb lol.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@Darkflare_EX From wikipedia The engine was first used for Call of Duty 2 in 2005. The engine did not have an official name until IGN was told at the E3 2009 by the studio that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would run on the "IW 4.0 engine". Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released using version 3.0 of the engine. Treyarch began using an enhanced version of the IW 3.0 engine for Call of Duty: World at War.[2] Treyarch, however, then modified the engine for their James Bond title, Quantum of Solace.[3] Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released using the IW 4.0 engine, the only game to do so. The IW 4.0 engine featured texture streaming technology to create much higher environmental detail. Treyarch then further modified the IW 3.0 engine for Call of Duty: Black Ops. The engine was also modified by Eurocom in a different way for the GoldenEye remake. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 utilizes the IW 5.0 engine, the fifth iteration of the engine and an improved version of the IW 4.0 engine. Improvements on the engine allow better streaming technology which allows larger regions for the game while running at a minimum of 60 frames per second and improvements to the audio of the engine have also been made. With that said, the only thing they added from mw2 to mw3, was some crappy audio improvement and some optimization. And I can't even begin to list how many improvements BF3 had over BFBC2. BF3 was a much better sequel overall, both in terms of gameplay and graphics.

captain_hitec
captain_hitec

@GunBladeHero Indeed, I never pay for a website, why would you pay for a website?

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@Infinity_Gauntl Jesus christ, too much butthurt.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

I still find it surprising that people pay for this ''elite'' service.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

CoD is like a religion, with another religion who hates the CoD religion, it's kind of hilarious.

Decon96
Decon96

Maybe if they added some friggin' gameplay changes (kind of like MW2 third person mode) these would be worth it. Throw in a cover system option or some crap. This game needs some big changes or else I see it failing in about two more games.

djpetitte
djpetitte

HAH, Im done trying to help you guys see the light. who the hells giving you guys all the thumbs down?

OverlordGunnar
OverlordGunnar

Meanwhile at Activision headquarters… “Gentlemen, I would first like to congratulate you on another record year, our IP’s have continued to gro-“ “Mr. Kotick.. sir” “What is it Stevens? Can’t you see I’m telling everyone how much money we have?!” “Sorry sir, but I think you’ll want to see this. I’ve been looking on Gamespot and it appears that many notable industry watchdogs such as, ‘TbagSnyp3r’, and ‘Pown3dUz’ think we’re milking the Call Of Duty franchise. “Let me see that!... Well I’ll be damned, even ‘SukMyN00bTooB69’ thinks we’re cashing in. What does ‘@djpetitte’ think, he’s been a MW fanboy for years ” “It says here that he’s now a Battlefield 3 fanboy and proud of it” “Damn, what about ‘@charlievo’? did he have anything to say about the graphics engine?” “Umm.. he.. well… that is, he says.. LMAO” “WHAT?!.. Johnson, have you informed the shareholders of our record sales and plans for extensive DLC which will generate millions of dollars for the company?” “Not yet sir” “Thank god, tell them we’re not going to support the new Modern Warfare with DLC” “But sir, it’s the most successful video game of all time, what about the shareholders?” “F@&K the shareholders! This isn’t ‘COW Of Duty’, we didn’t make this game just to milk it! This was never about the money, it’s about our artistic integrity and reputation amongst the vocal minority!”

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

@djpetitte You sure do read a lot of COD articles and waist time on a game your disapointed with. COD Rocks by the way....Way better than BF

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@djpetitte That's an interesting way to save face and admit defeat. It's not a new engine you say? Show me where it says that. Because from what I looked up, it's either a new engine or a heavily modified/updated one, nowhere near the same engine from half a decade ago. You're really asking why it's bad to be a fanboy? Because fanboys are ignorant tards that are so freaking shallow that they will only try the thing they're a fanboy of and bash everything else that even remotely LOOKS like the thing they're fanboys of. They're shallow, unreasonable and tend to have very illogical thought processes and to make it worse, they actually make the franchise they're fanboys of look bad. And you're actually PROUD of being this?

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@djpetitte c'mon I know you love the arguing and the consequences you stated, you've been doing it on ALL MW3 articles for months now.

cj71
cj71

The great game!

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Darkflare_EX It is NOT a new engine.. plain and simple and Im done arguing with idiots on here becuase that makes me an idiot. so get it right newb. That engine is almost half a decade old.. geezus you ppl and also, I dont see why people think its bad to be a fanboy everyone is a fan of something. I'm proud to be a fanboy believe it or not. if you knew me, you'd probably definitely think Im the ultimate fanboy as I have John Williams music playing all day at work.. mostly Starwars and yes I am a diehard BF fanboy and proud of it. i was once a cod fanboy as well until as of late, its just so overrated and the mp and game itself are literally the same thing over and over again for buku bucks, plus I like a more mature crowd as I am older , and not to mention thats where all my friends are.

trivolution
trivolution

There really are more comments in a CoD article compared to other games featured in Gamespot.

Master_gamer438
Master_gamer438

I like the video, "GameSpot Reveiws - Call of Duty: Modern Warfar" typo much? where is the e at lol?

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

People, I would like to point out that nowhere in this article has it been announced that they're selling 2 maps for $15. These 2 maps are the ones Premium Elite subscribers will be getting first month. @max_1111 Yea, the debate is stupid, but as long as fanboys exist, these stupid arguments will continue. I bet looking up a BAttlefield related news will show the same amount of stupid COD fanboys mindlessly bashing Battlefield. About the engine, what I looked up said it was a new engine. Perhaps what they meant was that they used the previous version as a base or that they modified it so much that they practically upgraded it into a new engine of sorts. @prince__vlad I find your comment ironic on account that PC players are one of the more Multiplayer focused groups. Then again, your entire comment is ignorant if you seriously believe "real players" focus solely on single player. News flash, Multiplayer is a huge deal and it's been a huge deal for.....practically the whole time video games have existed.

indicaX
indicaX

@Cephas90 DURRRRRR!!!!! It's my money and I spend it how I like maybe you should get you hand out of your Momma's pocketbook and try it. See I have my own money. Earn money spend it how you like you'll find you could care less how anybody else spends their money. With that being said your devotion to bashing COD is comendable, but kindly GFYS!

RuneMaster_no2
RuneMaster_no2

@pince__vlad the only thing they understand right now is how ignorant and narrow minded you sound. You're giving the rest of us PC gamers, who yes have played Quake, a bad rep.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

I never bothered multiplayer since ..Quake...lol It's a waste of time and a real player doesn't waste time, he plays single player only today. MMO and rest are for noobs who weren't born were pc games ruled and they , of course , can't understand. The only thing they understand is stupidity and ..consoles.They both work very well together.

nousername66
nousername66

Ideas for future maps: Cattle Range Milk Factory

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

Where is the link to the original release by Activision? I think both existing Elite members and prospective new subscribers will be most interested in seeing the definitive version of the announcement to plan their future gameplay or purchases. If the plan is non-committing, it's like some third-world country's saying it will go to the Moon in the next year. Meaningless.

max_1111
max_1111

@Darkflare_EX Not that i particularly want to get involved in this because i think the BF vs MW debacle is completely stupid and frankly i wish that both EA and Activision would just burn in hell, but i need to add that the MW3 engine is a new engine. It is a (seemingly minorly) tweaked version of its predecessor with a new name... Heck, Robert Bowling is even quoted as saying, "We never - for any game - build a 'brand new' engine, but iterate on a solid base...[...]"

hella_epic
hella_epic

@manciuxl umm what??? so how do you know that DICE will stop supporting BF3 after Medal of honor 2 comes out?it didnt stop with BF2,so why will stop with BF3?it's not even confirmed that DICE will be doing the multiplayer for the game

nyran125
nyran125

i know people that have ditched BF3 already and gone back to BF2..but thats besides the point. Battlefield 3 players base isnt doing as well as you think on a consistent basis every day. Only 23'000 people WORLD WIDE are playing Battlefield 3 on PC as we speak. Thats F all. Only 37'000 playing BF3 on PS3 and 44'000 on Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 seems to be the highest playerbase of BF3 every day adn can get up to 100'000 people online at peak times as can the PC version. Theres are so many more playing Modern warfare 3, its not even a competition. Theres more people playing Counter Strike 1.6 and source just on PC consistently than BF3 across all platforms.

max_1111
max_1111

"[...] but the shooter isn't done just yet." ...Eeehm... you spelled "milking consumers" wrong.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

After see this crap, it's easy to see why those guys left Infinity Ward. Seems to me that these guys are just full of themselves thinking all of us will just buy and buy and buy into their crap. No thank you. I did like Modern Warfare 2, but the campaign is just too short, and I play it for the campaign at the beginning.

cephas90
cephas90

@indicaX 60 dollars for mw3. 50 or 60 for elite (thats how little I care about mw3). 110-120 for a full package of mw3. DURRRRR

cephas90
cephas90

Oh boy, 15 bucks for TWO maps? Remember when you used to get THREE? Boy oh BOY. And people wonder why I skipped out on MW3, lol

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@ bluesteelMeGaSE It's because Activision and Microsoft still have that agreement in effect. I need to look it up again, but I think the agreement expires after Black Ops 2 or the next COD after that assuming it's not renewed. So, PS3 and PC users are still getting shafted for one month. Let's not even talk about the Wii users...

Clockout1
Clockout1

If people want to pay for this, it's their loss. I'll stick to Skyrim, thank you.

charlievo
charlievo

$50 bucks for something they are recycle from other crap ? Still runing directX 9 LMAO. Activision and Treyarch should own Cattle's Ranch, since they are really good at milking. ROFL

bluesteelMeGaSE
bluesteelMeGaSE

I was under the impression that Elite subscribers (paid subscribers, that is) across ALL platforms would get it at the same time. So far, there's no indication that this will be the case. In fact, it seems that they'll happily throw premium users into the "at a later date" file for the most profitable platform yet again. And yet, I remain adamant about not buying this game, and perhaps any CoD title in the foreseeable future, what with that trend it has become locked in. It's not the developers' faults really, it's Activision, milking the franchise for all it is worth.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

@ djpetitte Oh? So suddenly me being a total newbie to this site makes my arguments invalid? What's wrong, afraid to get one-upped by a newbie? How do I figure out that MW2 and 3 use completely different engines? Because unlike the real noob in this conversation, I actually DID MY RESEARCH. They did a new engine for MW1 and Treyarch used that and modified it for WaW. IW then did a new engine for MW2 and surprisingly enough Treyarch used the older engine they used and modified it further for Black Ops. Guess what? MW3 uses yet ANOTHER new engine for it. Don't believe me? This is the internet, you can look it up. Of course Halo 3 and so on couldn't be expansions to the original Halo. I was merely using the same flawed logic that MW2 and 3 could be expansions to MW1. And for the record, there WAS mention of FPS hate on the comments, not just COD. The evidence is right here, look through the comments and you'll see a few. Next time, take your own advice and pay attention to what's being said so YOU get things right before you make a post. Ball's on your court.