Publisher Activision and developer Treyarch show off Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s remake of the World at War map known as “Banzai” for the futuristic first-person shooter.
Following its announcement last week for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s second expansion pack which revealed the contents of the Eclipse DLC and its April release, developers have now put out a brand new trailer for the forthcoming multiplayer map known as “Verge.” For those unaware, the area is a remade version of the fan-favorite map “Banzai” from the popular Call of Duty: World at War title.
Featuring tunnel systems, waterfalls, fortresses, and a key bridge in the center of the arena that helps players maintain control of the map, Verge is summed up as being a medium-sized map. Of course, while all of these spots in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s multiplayer domain ought to be familiar to World at War fans, the reimagined design elements such as Verge’s overall post-apocalyptic feel, as opposed to Banzai’s bright jungle landscape, ought to set it apart from the original.
As detailed at the end of the video below, Verge is just one of four new multiplayer maps to be added to Black Ops 3‘s Eclipse DLC. On top of the Banzai remake, there will also be Knockout, Rift, and Spire, and fans should expect individual trailers for each of the areas to be released by developers sometime in the near future, as it was done with the materials for the Awakening DLC. Not to mention, the Eclipse DLC is also set to include a continuation of the story that follows up the popular Zombies mode’s Der Eisendrache with a map called Zetsubou No Shima.
Should Call of Duty fans be enticed by the above clip, the Eclipse map pack can be obtained as a standalone item for $15, or players can purchase it along with all of the game’s DLC in the Season Pass for $50. It’s worth noting, though, that any expansion materials released for Black Ops 3 will go to PlayStation 4 first, thanks to Activision’s and Sony’s partnership for timed-exclusive DLC to be released on the platform before any others get it. PC and Xbox One players will eventually be able to obtain the add-ons, but there will be about a month-long waiting period before they show up on Steam or the Xbox Marketplace.
At any rate, with Eclipse yet to release, and then two more expansion packs on the way, it seems as if Activision and Treyarch stand to make a lot of money before 2016 is over. Once Black Ops 3 launched in November of last year, after all, the futuristic first-person shooter went on to become 2015’s best-selling game, beating out many other titles released well before it, each with plenty of time to gain an extra following after availability. However, with Call of Duty being one of the most financially successful video game franchises of all time, it’s hard for most series to measure up to its staying power.
What do you think about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s remake of World at War‘s Banzai with Verge? Do you believe developers altered the first map enough to justify its use in the franchise’s latest entry? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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