Activision Announces Nine Months of Modern Warfare 3 DLC

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Call of Duty Elite has barely been functional since launching alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in November, but in 2012 paying premium members are finally going to get their money’s worth. Well, premium members playing the game on Xbox 360 that is (at least initially).

Today Activision announces a nine-month downloadable content season for Modern Warfare 3, set to bombard players with no less than 20 content drops between January and September. And you know what comes after that right? Yep, another new Call of Duty game to milk the franchise further. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but Black Ops 2 (or whatever the next game in Treyarch’s side of the series turns out to be) seems to be a sure bet for November.

Anyway, back on point here…

The DLC season kicks off January 24th with the release of two new multiplayer and survival mode maps, Liberation and Piazza. The third drop is scheduled for mid-February and the next two after that will hit in March. These content drops, co-developed by Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software, will vary in makeup. Even more multiplayer maps are a certainty, but Elite members can also expect additional modes and Special Ops Missions, among other content to be announced (the video preview below hints at possible story extensions too). Each content drop will be accompanied by special player events offering real-world prizes to Modern Warfare 3‘s elite soldiers.

This epic season of DLC will be made available first to Xbox Live users, leaving Elite premium players on the PC and PS3 justifiably PO’ed that they’re paid membership is somehow not as important as those on Xbox 360. Sure, it’s nothing new for Call of Duty DLC to be timed exclusive on Xbox 360, but when you’re dealing with paid subscriptions all members should be treated equally, regardless of platform. Activision won’t even confirm specific plans for PC and PS3, only stating that the content drops will be available on “additional platforms at a later time.”

For players not interested in becoming an Elite premium member, content drops will be sold separately in Content Collections, the first of which will be released to the Xbox Live community in March.

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