COD4 GOTY edition confirmed for US

Rerelease of Activision and Infinity Ward's lionized FPS ships out to retail on April 3 for the Xbox 360; Variety Map Pack adding four new multiplayer maps packed in or $10 on XBL.

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Ever since its initial deployment during the first part of November, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare from Activision and Infinity Ward has been peerless in the sales charts, wresting control of the top slot away from Microsoft and Bungie's Halo 3 and never looking back. With Activision claiming the crown of best-selling game of 2007 for COD4, the publisher will be stop-lossing the modern-day shooter for another tour with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Game of the Year Edition, scheduled for release for the Xbox 360 on April 3.

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As noted by leaks from UK news outlets earlier this week, COD4: GOTYE won't include any new or upgraded features. However, it will come packed in with a redeemable token for the Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack, which will add four new multiplayer maps to the game's lauded online component. The four new player areas are: Creek, an open village area; Broadcast, a close-quarters in-door environment; Killhouse, an abandoned warehouse; and Chinatown, a low-lit map set in the not-so-war-torn city of San Francisco. Those who already own the game will also be able to purchase the map pack on April 3 through Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft points ($10).

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In anticipation of the map pack's debut on Xbox Live, GameStop will be hosting a live preview event at two locations in New York City and San Jose. To the first 100 attendees will go a free token to download the Variety Map Pack, and the first 250 people to arrive will have a chance to compete for various prizes, including GameStop gift certificates.

Activision did not indicate whether the COD4: GOTYE rerelease or the Variety Map Pack would also arrive for the PlayStation 3 or PC, and had not responded to requests for comment as of press time. However, Infinity Ward did say on its official Web site for the game in February that the then-unnamed map pack would be available for XBL and the PlayStation Network this spring.

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