Publisher Activision and developer Treyarch officially announce the release date for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s Eclipse DLC package for PC and Xbox One platforms.
With Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s Eclipse DLC having been released in April for PlayStation 4, the first-person shooter’s developers are now ready to share the content’s release date for the game’s other major platforms. According to an announcement by Treyarch, PC and Xbox One fans will be able to get their hands on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s second expansion pack on May 19, which is exactly a month’s difference from its initial launch on PS4.
For those unaware, Black Ops 3‘s Eclipse package brings four brand new multiplayer maps, including Spire, Rift, Knockout, and a remake of World at War‘s Bonzai map called Verge. As previously detailed by the game’s developers, each of the areas reflect the shooter’s futuristic elements in its own particular way, with one portraying a future civilian sub-orbital airport and another being a military rail system built above an active volcano.
Not only will Black Ops 3 players be able to take part in new multiplayer maps, but also the game’s latest iteration of its Zombies campaign with Zetsubou No Shima. Fans who have completed the Awakening DLC’s Der Eisendrache missions will be able to continue on with the narrative of the Origins storyline of previous games with a fuller understanding of Zetsubou No Shima’s plot.
Should all of this sound enticing to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s fans on PC and Xbox One, the Eclipse DLC can be purchased on its own for $15, or can be obtained in the title’s Season Pass for $50. If players go for the latter option, though, it would mean that they have also committed to receiving the next two expansion packs due out later this year.
Of course, as many fans of the shooter franchise are probably aware, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is due out in November 2016, so rather than go all-in on Black Ops 3‘s DLC, some might wish to save their money for the upcoming game developed by Infinity Ward. Should that be the case for a number of the series’ fans, it’s important to note that Infinite Warfare‘s expansions will follow the same release schedule of Black Ops 3, as the DLC will come to PS4 first.
At any rate, even though the Call of Duty franchise continues to receive its fair share of criticism for relentlessly churning out samey titles and content for the series with what seems like little to no thought in regards to originality, it’s a safe bet that Infinite Warfare and subsequent releases will go on to make massive amounts of money. After all, just prior to its release, Black Ops 3 got mixed or average reviews for the most part, but even so, it ended up becoming 2015’s best selling game, and the trend is likely to continue for quite some time.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.