While some nostalgic Call of Duty fans are still crossing their fingers and wishing for a Modern Warfare 2 current-generation remake, a larger group of first-person military shooter fans are still queueing up for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare matches. The game didn’t sell quite as well as previous entries in the franchise, but the community is still active enough to warrant a series of competitive multiplayer-themed DLC packs.
The first DLC pack, Havoc, had a bit of a bumpy launch, with a delay that left PC players waiting for the game while console players mastered the new maps. Activision and Sledgehammer Games confirmed some details about the next DLC pack today, and like Havoc, it will also start out with a limited release.
The Ascendance DLC pack will launch on March 31 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners, but the rest of the gaming community will have to wait patiently for an extra month before exploring the new content. The PC, PS3, and PS4 launch is scheduled to take place one month after the Microsoft exclusivity begins. Once shoppers are able to purchase the content for their platform of choice, they will gain access to the following new maps, weapons, and features:
- Four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate, and Chop Shop.
- Exo Zombies Chapter Two: Infection introduces an expanded co-op map including a Burgertown franchise and all-new enemies like the giant Goliath Exo Zombies, Acid Drippers, and more. While the mutations have evolved, so has the technology. All-new traps and the Magnetron Microwave Gun will give our heroes a Fighting Chance, but just surviving doesn’t cut it anymore.
- New weapons: Ascendance DLC owners get access to the all-new bonus weapon: The OHM directed energy two-in-one LMG/Shotgun and its OHM Werewolf Custom Variant. Adjust the weapon on the fly to fit your strategy. Unleash a barrage of directed energy fire from a distance in LMG mode or get up close and personal in shotgun mode and deliver a concentrated blast of directed energy.
- New Exo Grapple playlist: The unique grappling ability from campaign mode is now available to use in all the Ascendance DLC MP maps through the Exo Grapple Playlist. Activate your Exo Grapple Ability for a faster way to reach strategic vantage points or as a brutal secondary weapon to take down the competition.
No gameplay footage has been released yet, but gamers can take a sneak peek of the new maps and weapons in the screenshots above. Brief descriptions of the new content can also be found on the official Call of Duty website.
A few of the new maps seem to be channeling the same weird factor that the Havoc DLC’s creepy clown-themed level brought to the table. Site 244 takes place at a downed alien spaceship near the base of Mt. Rushmore and Climate traps gamers in an enormous bio-dome utopia.
Not to worry for those FPS gamers who prefer to stay grounded in ‘reality,’ both Perplex and Chop Shop seem to be more traditional Call of Duty maps. Perplex takes place in an apartment complex and Chop Shop in a black market industrial complex.
Ascendance can be purchased individually for $15 or as part of the $50 season pass. There are still two more DLC packs on the way later this year; Supremacy and Reckoning.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ascendance releases March 31 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. PC, PS3, and PS4 versions are scheduled to launch a month later.
Source: Call of Duty