Although the sales of the Call of Duty franchise may be on the decline, the excitement around its downloadable content remains high. The hype surrounding the first DLC pack (Havoc) for the latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is no different. The Havoc DLC includes four multiplayer maps (Sideshow, Drift, Core and Urban), it adds the Exo Zombies game mode and there’s a new weapon along with a new weapon variant.
The Havoc DLC was a timed exclusive on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, per a Microsoft deal with Activision that sees Call of Duty DLC released on Xbox consoles one month before any other platform. Many players on PC and PlayStation were excited on the 26th of February when Havoc would finally become available to them. Only PS3 and PS4 players were left feeling cheery though as developer Sledgehammer Games soon revealed that the Havoc DLC was being delayed by an extra five days on PC.
The delay of the Havoc DLC comes after a recent spate of PC gaming upsets including the delay of Grand Theft Auto V on PC and the last minute removal of offline co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2. Even though Sledgehammer Games explained the reason for holding back the DLC in a post on the official Advanced Warfare Facebook, PC gamers have good reason to be frustrated:
“UPDATE: We have encountered an unexpected issue with the PC release for Call of Duty: #AdvancedWarfare’s first DLC content pack, “Havoc,” and we’re holding its release until March 3rd. We don’t take this decision lightly, but rest assured that our team is working with Activision to get this content to the PC community as quickly as possible.
PC gamers are also disgruntled with the fact that it took the developer 13 hours to respond to questions as to why the Havoc DLC had not gone live on PC along with PlayStation. That’s perhaps why Sledgehammer Games is apologizing with a double XP event on PC and a free bit of gear for players to deck their multiplayer characters out in.
The double XP event ends on March 3rd, which is a little longer than the usual weekend timeframe, and we know that the freebie is the KVA Paramilitary Exo. A piece of “Rare Enlisted loot,” Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players will be able to get their hands on the KVA Paramilitary Exo when they open their next Supply Drop. While it doesn’t completely make up for the delay – given that PC players were already having to wait an extra month – it should certainly soften the blow.