Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 downloadable content

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The downloadable content available for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is an assortment of additional multiplayer maps, Special Ops missions, and Face Off Maps that were made available throughout 2012, after the initial launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011. All downloadable content (DLC) is available first to Call of Duty: Elite premium members. The general public can download the DLC drops through Content Collections for a nominal fee. Xbox 360 received all DLC about one month before PlayStation 3 regardless of Elite membership, this is due to a special contract between Microsoft and Activision.

History[edit]

During E3 2010, Microsoft announced that any DLC released for the Call of Duty series would arrive on the Xbox 360 first. This exclusivity agreement applies for Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.[1]

Initially at the release of Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty's Elite service, premium members of the service were promised 20 pieces of DLC over a 9-month period with content releases for each platform every month. This number was later increased to 22 in Call of Duty's official Elite Content Calendar.[2]

Face Off[edit]

On May 9, 2012 it was announced that a new game mode would be introduced to Modern Warfare 3 in the form of smaller maps. Face Off is a game mode strictly for 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 battles that take place on specially made maps. These maps are small in size to allow for fast gameplay with the smaller team sizes. Two free Face Off maps became available for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers on May 15, 2012, regardless of Call of Duty: Elite membership. There is now a dedicated public playlist for the Face Off game mode.[3]

Content Drops[edit]

Content Drops were released monthly exclusively to all Call of Duty: Elite premium and founder members. There were a total of 9 monthly DLC releases until the end of Modern Warfare 3's 2012 content season. September was the last month DLC was released for Xbox 360 and October was the last month for PlayStation 3. Since Call of Duty: Elite was not available for PC gamers, DLC was only released in the form of Content Collections.

Drop(s) Multiplayer Map(s) Spec Ops Mission(s) Face Off Map(s) Xbox 360 release date PlayStation 3 release date
1-2 Liberation & Piazza None None January 24, 2012[4] February 28, 2012[5]
3 Overwatch None None February 21, 2012[6] March 29, 2012[5]
4-6 Black Box Black Ice & Negotiator None March 13, 2012[7] April 12, 2012[8]
7-8 Sanctuary & Foundation None None April 10, 2012[9] May 10, 2012[10]
9-12[11] Oasis Iron Clad & Kill Switch Getaway & Lookout May 15, 2012[3] June 14, 2012[11]
13-15[12] None Arctic Recon Vortex, U-Turn & Intersection June 19, 2012[13] July 19, 2012[10]
16-18 Decommission & Offshore Vertigo None July 17, 2012[14] August 16, 2012
19-21 None Special Delivery, Light 'Em Up & Special Ops Chaos Mode None August 7, 2012 September 6, 2012
22-24 Parish, Gulch & Boardwalk None None September 5, 2012 October 9, 2012

Content Collections[edit]

Content collections are comparable to the original method of distributing DLC in previous Call of Duty titles. Multiple maps and Spec Ops missions are placed into one collection for anyone to purchase through the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store, or Steam for PC. No Call of Duty: Elite membership is required to download content collections.

Collection Number Multiplayer Map(s) Spec Ops Mission(s) Face Off Map(s) Xbox 360 release date PlayStation 3 release date PC release date
1 Black Box, Liberation, Overwatch & Piazza Black Ice & Negotiator None March 20, 2012[15] April 19, 2012[16] May 8, 2012[17]
2 Foundation, Oasis & Sanctuary Iron Clad & Kill Switch Getaway & Lookout May 22, 2012[3] June 21, 2012[18] June 21, 2012
3 None Arctic Recon, Vertigo, Special Delivery, Light 'Em Up & Special Ops Chaos Mode Vortex, U-Turn & Intersection August 9, 2012 September 13, 2012 September 13, 2012
4 Gulch, Boardwalk, Parish, Decommission & Offshore None None September 6, 2012 October 10, 2012 October 10, 2012

Free DLC[edit]

The following DLC is available to all users of Modern Warfare 3 (except for Israel players) regardless of their Call of Duty: Elite membership and it is completely free to the user.

Face Off Map(s) Multiplayer Map(s) Xbox 360 release date PlayStation 3 release date PC release date
Aground & Erosion None May 16, 2012[3] June 15, 2012[11] June 21, 2012
None Terminal July 18, 2012[19] August 17, 2012 August 17, 2012

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Modern Warfare 3's Overwatch Dropping This Month - Xbox 360 News at IGN". Xbox360.ign.com. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
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  9. ^ Hinkle, David (April 10, 2012). "PSA: Modern Warfare 3 takes Sanctuary in Foundation on Xbox 360". Joystiq. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Content Calendar". Callofduty.com. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
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  14. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/07/12/modern-warfare-3-elite-content-announced-for-july
  15. ^ "Collection 1 - Xbox.com". Marketplace.xbox.com. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ View: Everyone Only Notes (April 18, 2012). "Call of Duty Community: Latest News - Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3: Call of Duty: MW3 Content Collection #1 Hits PlayStation® Network April 19, Plus Double XP Weekend Across All Platforms". Community.callofduty.com. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
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