Call of Duty 4 DLC Map Pack Hands-On

If you're tired of Middle Eastern villages and Russian forests, take heart: Infinity Ward has some shiny new battlefields on the way soon.

Last year was exceptionally strong for first-person shooters. Yet despite being one of the latest genre releases in the year, Call of Duty 4 towered over its competition. There are so many shooters released these days that it's hard to stick with an online community for more than a few weeks, but even months later, we're still obsessively playing COD4's addictive online mode with no end in sight. So we counted ourselves among the incredibly fortunate when we headed down to developer Infinity Ward's Southern California offices recently to check out the game's first downloadable map pack, which is coming later this spring.

Broadcast is taken from and expanded upon the Iraqi TV station mission in COD4's single-player campaign.

We got a chance to chat with IW community relations manager Robert Bowling--better known to COD4 diehards by his online handle, "fourzerotwo"--about the pending downloadable maps. The first thing he told us was the first thing we wanted to hear about this pack: The Middle Eastern and Russian environments will no longer comprise the entirety of the retail game's lineup. Now that the team has moved on from the single-player campaign (and has time to work up some new art assets), we can expect to see new Call of Duty 4 maps set in entirely new locations separate from the original game.

Well, except one of the maps in this pack. It's called Broadcast and is lifted from the Iraqi campaign "Charlie Don't Surf," in which you assault a television station where the enemy is holed up. Don't think the team just copied and pasted the campaign map into this multiplayer pack, though. It does contain the iconic, cavernous main room with its dozens of computer monitors and TV screens, as well as a big map of the world on the wall. We can tell you from experience that that's a great place for multiplayer firefights, with all those cubicles to duck down behind and all that equipment just waiting to get shot up by you or your opponents. A large-scale multiplayer match concentrated in that room is going to be serious calamity.

But Broadcast has been expanded significantly throughout its incarnation in the campaign. There are multiple routes into and out of that main room. Some routes lead up to the building's second floor, replete with smaller rooms and hallways. The map is mostly indoors, so air strikes and helicopters will be largely ineffectual--except up on the roof, which you can access from the second floor, as well as in the expanded parking lot area outside the main building. On the other side of that parking lot is another new, smaller building that you can hide out in as well.

The second map we played is entirely new, and it's named Creek. But there's a lot more to it than a simple babbling brook. This is a very large-scale outdoor map with a small cluster of houses on one side of it. In the middle, there's a huge ravine circling the perimeter with multiple levels of pathways up its side. Down below, the trail leads along the eponymous creek bed to a waterfall. Elsewhere along the base of the ravine, there's a lengthy and winding cave that cuts underneath the hill then out to the other side. As big as it is, there are a lot of places to go on this map; from prone sniping atop the cliff face to hiding out behind a rock in the tunnel, you never know where an opponent will be attacking you.

Creek is a massive original map with a high ravine, cliffside pathways, and a tunnel through the base of the hill.

Broadcast naturally looks exactly like COD4's campaign, but Infinity Ward's artists have done a nice pass on Creek to give it a distinctive look, with rocky terrain and various sorts of foliage that are more verdant than what you've seen in the previous Russian maps. It all feels a little sunnier and more pleasant than the game's other forested maps, too--at least until you catch a slug between your teeth. Because there's so much underbrush and shrubbery on top of the cliffs here, Bowling pointed out that it's a great map for you to use the sniper's ghillie suit for blending in while going for some sneaky kills.

There will actually be four maps in the final pack, though we can only really tell you about these two. The other two will be Chinatown, which is pretty self-explanatory, and Killhouse, which is a "bonus" map that we didn't get any hard details on (though we were told to think of the single-player campaign's initial training level as a reference). The map pack will be available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the coming months for an unspecified price. But interestingly, Infinity Ward hasn't decided how the maps will be distributed on the PC, where players are much more expectant of postrelease bonus content being released for free. Realistically, Call of Duty 4's multiplayer is so absurdly good that would have gladly handed over cash for whatever maps the designers could have phoned in--so we're especially glad to see them putting so much time and care into this first release.

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AMarrufo
AMarrufo

How do I play China town, broadcast or creek on ps3?

TheRealUser101
TheRealUser101

Modern Warfare 3 is currently in development by Infinity Ward with assisted development from Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. All in all, Modern Warfare 3 needs 3 development teams to get the job done; including all the MW3 weapons, perks, etc.

Houtakiboy
Houtakiboy

I just downloaded this map pack for the PS3 at a cost of Eur9.99. But because you can't host your own game online, I may never get to actually play these maps. I just played free-for-all for almost 2 hours, had 16 matches and not ONCE did the game select any of these maps. Other games allow you to host online matches and in doing so pick the maps to play in, but COD4 will only allow you to invite friends or do it over a LAN, both of which I can't do 'cos I don't have friends online that have this game on this system. I feel completely cheated out of my money. Shame on you, Infinity Ward. I mean, for heavens sake, these developers think that everyone playing their games is a teenager, or in college that have loads of friends they can get a party going with. But what happens if you are 39 years old and love to game but not socially 'cos we're just not that way inclined, nor do we have such sociable gaming connections? I love COD4, but, c'mon, IW, with the money you make you should easily be able to give your servers an overhaul and allow this feature. Where do I go to get a refund for maps I may never get to play, eh?

uberbictch
uberbictch

as far as i kno its free for PC (included with the 1.7 patch)

itwiz90
itwiz90

This looks really cool. Can't wait to try it.

NF_Reaper
NF_Reaper

Yep the map pack was released and for free at that! :)

randygland25
randygland25

well it came out today on pc, so you can all stop your crying x

ilija_or
ilija_or

Will this map pack come on PC or not? It's unfair to avoid platform that made FPS what it is today. . .

metalhead1364
metalhead1364

its a total disgrace that this hasnt come out on pc...as long as the new kill cams and fixes....the Pc is what cod became a franchise on....if it weren't for pc cod would be in the bargain bin somwhere

hawaiisniper808
hawaiisniper808

I would like to see more maps than four.. I mean really we payed a lot for this game..I like to see at least 12+ maps and different types of games besides Domination,Headquarters and Team Deathmatch.will we have more maps in the future?I sure hope so this game rules and ranked #1

tshirta
tshirta

This pack is for all platforms but the PC. Very unfair! And we might not even end up gettin it so it wont matter whether we hav to pay or not!

SportzGamer73
SportzGamer73

no offense, but this game is way overrated. i mean it's good and all but no were near were it sits with the hype.

Lemur1987
Lemur1987

Can't find map pack for pc... Does it exist???

Camble
Camble

uhh...i bought the map pack the weekend it came out, and I've only seen 3 new maps. What is the fourth called "killhouse" and why haven't i seen it

Avals
Avals

Free for download in PC?

AJ-2K7
AJ-2K7

snipermx06 the other edition of COD4 is a game of the year edition, like oblivion but its only out in U.S and the maps are included. most ppl av already got the normal version so i dont c the point in rereleasin it

snipermx06
snipermx06

do we have to pay for the download of the new maps? heard there another edition of cod4 that include a free code for the new maps. if anyone know more about this, ....do tell.

XrayBoy
XrayBoy

the maps are not on the US ps store as of 3:48 pm. it's pissing me off how the ps3 users always get screwed out of something!

snipermx06
snipermx06

what is with the new expansion pack for cod4? heard it will enable rumble and include the 4 new maps.

Azteka
Azteka

its 5am Apr 24th and i don't see s......... when are those f... maps coming out...

30ftsmurff
30ftsmurff

Cost 10 Bucks on The Box i'm guessing the same on PS3. Cant' wait

F-E-A-R13
F-E-A-R13

Snakefan11: this Thursday April 24th. anyone know how much they will cost???????????????

Snakefan11
Snakefan11

when is this pack released for PS3? and to the perosn below me - these are online maps only :)

Nir_Avniel
Nir_Avniel

Hi, Are these new maps means new missions? or its only for network game? Appreciate your answers Nir

georgiy5
georgiy5

I read that Robert Bowling from infinity ward posted on his PR that the ps3 map packs will be realeased on april 24th. The pc version is unannounced.

georgiy5
georgiy5

I read that Robert Bowling from infinity ward posted on his PR that the ps3 map packs will be realeased on april 24th. The pc version is unannounced.

juiceless
juiceless

You guys are aware that IW is a business, right? And they make business decisions. PC users don't "deserve" anything. IW releases product to make a profit, end of story.

syncmaster150
syncmaster150

Since they gave us PC users no prestige mode they should at least give us maps for free

jp1993calleja
jp1993calleja

I hate it that IW dont care bout pc users... i mean first no prestige mode after lv55 then no patch for kill cam ( like grenades and airstrikes) and now no new maps....this is complete bull because PC gamers MADE/SET OFF call of duty right from the beggining and now their leaving us in the shadows....come on IW!!....And the easiest way of putting it on the market for cod4 PC gamers is to make it like a downloadable auto- update directly from the IW site and put a price on it....same way as other internet shops.... come on that is no excuse to stop it from reachin the PC guys!!

KLONE360
KLONE360

Actually Sony dousnt really test as much asMS does its Just that lately The PSN is being overhauled so no updates whatso ever

williambrodie
williambrodie

OMG! You guys, stop going on about IW delaying content for PS3.... Its Sony that delays it, they have a lengthly process of aproving content that goes on the playstation network and this is approved for the different play station stores indevidually for different countries with the Japan and the US getting the stuff the fastest, you guys are lucky, us in the UK have to wait ages for anything. Sony spends a long time testing that the software integrates into it's network and falls into their complicated legal agreements before they let you touch it

spike94
spike94

Oops, no, do not pay any attention to that at all. I was thinking of the song track pack for Guitar Hero III for the PS3. Sorry everybody. Have a good one everyone.

spike94
spike94

I think the maps for the PS3 come out May 8th.

Nkenobi
Nkenobi

I want my PC maps! COD was born on PC, why would you neglect the truest of your fans!

bruceleez1940
bruceleez1940

The "Release the Hounds" would be SWEET!!! That would e nice to get at 7 kills, and the Helicopter should be 10 kills. Cuz the Heli packs some power. Btw, WHEN DO THE MAPS COME OUT FOR PS3?!?!?!?!

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

I am in full agreement with all the pc gamers that feel it unfair of IW to delay them of content. I'm not even a PC gamer and i can tell you that it is very true that COD would have absolutly nothing if PC gamers wouldnt have gotten the hardware to play it, and bought it. IW is a sellout, they went to what the most hyped system was and left everyone else that made them what they are behind. Even us ps3 fans were left behind, even tho we havent had cod on our system that long. They put out a game for pc, 360, and ps3, and we ALL paid for it, but PC, and PS3 users it seems dont really matter that much when it comes to 360 players. N this is not a fanboy fight against 360, i like the 360. But if your gonna make your fans buy a game, why would you deny them of extra content for a period of time, when eveyone equally went out and got the hardware to play it, and then bought the game. Multiconsole developers need to get their heads out of their ass and honor all their fans that help make them what they are, make one better then the other, specially since the one thats better wasnt even the one that kept it going when it started. I havent decided yet, but i'm really debating whether I will ever buy ne thing that comes from IW ever again because they obviously dont care about their fans.

Hoski0999
Hoski0999

I am in full agreement with all the pc gamers that feel it unfair of IW to delay them of content. I'm not even a PC gamer and i can tell you that it is very true that COD would have absolutly nothing if PC gamers wouldnt have gotten the hardware to play it, and bought it. IW is a sellout, they went to what the most hyped system was and left everyone else that made them what they are behind. Even us ps3 fans were left behind, even tho we havent had cod on our system that long. They put out a game for pc, 360, and ps3, and we ALL paid for it, but PC, and PS3 users it seems dont really matter that much when it comes to 360 players. N this is not a fanboy fight against 360, i like the 360. But if your gonna make your fans buy a game, why would you deny them of extra content for a period of time, when eveyone equally went out and got the hardware to play it, and then bought the game. Multiconsole developers need to get their heads out of their ass and honor all their fans that help make them what they are, not make one better then the other, specially since the one thats better wasnt even the one that kept it going when it started. I havent decided yet, but i'm really debating whether I will ever buy ne thing that comes from IW ever again because they obviously dont care about their fans.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

this game will continue to rock!! even after GTA4 is released!!

Panman_Dan
Panman_Dan

I started playing CoD4 the instant it came out, and that was a good time ago. Now 4 new maps come out and supposedly people are still supposed to be hooked to this game like a fiend on coke? These maps are coming out in the coming months right, well there will be a hell of a lot more people who are not coming out of their houses for the next couple of months when GTAIV drops. I feel like Infinity Ward acted too late, maybe a month ago, two at the most for this map pack would have been an ace in the hole.

datniccah187
datniccah187

the maps are good, you should definately download them, well worth ten dollars

TXT
TXT

Well put Xaphan. PC users have been faithfully supporting IW for 5 years now. We helped CoD become what it is today, and IW "hasn't decided?" It's like we are teenagers at a Thanksgiving dinner and they aren't sure if we should sit at the kids or the adults table. Easy decision if you ask me. What the hell?

Xaphan3
Xaphan3

Figures, once again us PC users are left in the dust knowing nothing. This is a real kick in the nuts considering CoD wouldn't be nothing without it's PC fanbase.

Sonicdm
Sonicdm

oh mani cant wait for these, got so bored of the stock maps. and most custom maps just arent very good.

Frase9
Frase9

So wen r they coming out on the ps3....? 'release the hounds' perk, that would b pretty cool :P Good Idea :)

wikkiwild1
wikkiwild1

This is a long awaited and anticipated release. I have played CoD4 since it came out on the 360. Can't waite to get into the new maps