It’s been about two months since the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on last-gen and current-gen platforms and by and large Sledgehammer Games’ first foray into the franchise seems to be a hit. So much so, that Advanced Warfare was one of the first COD games in recent memory to land on Game Rant’s top 10 games of the year.
But now that some time has passed, players are itching for more and, as if on cue, Sledgehammer is ready to give it to them. Yes, it’s time for the Call of Duty DLC campaign to begin with the release of the Havoc DLC pack on January 27.
As readers can see in the video above, Havoc adds four new multiplayer maps and a new cooperative mode to Advanced Warfare’s selection. It also introduces a new weapon called the AE4 Directed Energy Assault Rifle that takes players’ dreams of using a laser gun in the game and makes it a reality.
The four maps included with Havoc - Core, Urban, Sideshow, and Drift - feature diverse environments and plenty of opportunities to test one’s mettle. A few of them even include dynamic events whereby the landscape changes or influences combat. The clown-themed map Sideshow, for example, features a giant clown billboard that launches bombs into the air.
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Alongside the new multiplayer maps, Havoc also includes the highly anticipated Exo Zombies mode that was teased in the main Advanced Warfare campaign. By and large, Exo Zombies looks to share a lot in common with past Zombies offerings, except that this time the undead enemies will have Exo Suits launching them in random directions.
Yes, it’s a shame that Exo Zombies was held out of the main game and players will have to pay extra for it, but there’s no doubt plenty will fork over the cash. Zombies is easily one of Call of Duty’s most appealing elements for players, and outfitting them with future tech should only make the experience crazier.
Sledgehammer also seems to be continuing the Zombies trend of using celebrities to portray the four co-op characters. Past iterations have featured everyone from Sarah Michelle Gellar to Michael Madsen, and this year gamers get to enjoy slaying the undead alongside John Malkovich, Rose McGowan, Jon Bernthal, and Bill Paxton. It’s an eclectic case to say the least, but one that fits the tone of Zombies.
Overall, Havoc looks to fit the bill as a solid Call of Duty DLC offering, delivering new content for players with a wide variety of interests. The prospect of new multiplayer maps is always exciting for fans, but Exo Zombies may offer even more incentive to pick up the pack. However, only Xbox gamers will be able to buy Havoc later this month; PlayStation and PC gamers will have to wait a little longer.
It’s also worth mentioning for any of our Chinese readers that Call of Duty Online has launched. The free-to-play spin-off of Call of Duty offers a set of single player, cooperative, and multiplayer modes to players for free, but there are microtransactions available as well. Activision hopes that COD Online can form the next major wing of the franchise, and maybe if it’s successful it will come to North America.
What do you think of the Havoc DLC for Advanced Warfare? What would you like to see from a future DLC release?
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Havoc releases January 27, 2015 for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. PC and PlayStation release dates have not yet been announced.