Treyarch and Activision have released some new details on the upcoming expansion pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. This will mark the second of four major DLC packs they have planned for release on home consoles and PC, and it's due for release on the PS4 starting April 19, with a nice little homage to a classic Call of Duty map.
Gamespot did a write-up on the new content scheduled to go live on the PS4 first with the Xbox One and PC versions to follow shortly thereafter. One of the main selling points of the expansion, entitled Eclipse, is that not only will it feature a new chapter in the zombies story but it will also sport a re-imagining of the Call of Duty: World at War map called Banzai.
The new map based on the old game is actually called Verge. It's a multiplayer deathmatch map set within the center of a post-apocalyptic war where two factions are going head-to-head against each other in constant battle. It's stated that it's a medium-sized map where players will be able to speedily move through fortresses, tunnel systems, waterfalls and bridges to keep the action flowing fast and furiously.
The Black Ops III expansion will also contain three other multiplayer maps in addition to the Verge, including the Spire, which sees players running and gunning around a sub-orbital airport terminal. I kind of want to see how this map looks in action because that description alone sounds really cool. It's stated that the Spire is a high-tech civilian map with a lot of danger zones for players to watch out for as they attempt to avoid falling out into the Earth's stratosphere.
The Rift is next on the list, which features a high-tech military complex where players will have to deal with a suspended rail system, corridors, funnels and tunnels. There's a tiny promo shot of the map but I honestly can't make a thing out. I guess you could sum up the description as a typical Black Ops III map.
The one map that actually caught my attention was the Chinese-themed map called Knockout. It's set within a traditional Shaolin Temple, mimicking the likes of classic movies such as Enter The Dragon where it appears as if it's staged to look as if a martial arts tournament is taking place. It's labeled as a mid-sized, mid-range map with some exterior architecture to traverse across with the parkour features, as well as some 1970s-inspired interior corridors for those who like getting up close and personal in their Black Ops III CQC endeavors.
Last but not least is the map based on the title of the DLC, called Zetsubou No Shima. The map sees the original zombie hunters barreling through time and space as they continue to battle feverishly against the undead, using strange weapons, traps and a whole lot of teamwork to blast through the hordes of the walking dead, which has become a staple in Call of Duty games.
According to Activision the zombie map will feature new zombie enemies, new transport mechanics and new traps. I'm sure a lot of fans can't wait to try to discover all the secret and hidden goodies sprinkled throughout the upcoming map.
You can look to get your hands on this latest expansion for Call of Duty: Black Ops III starting April 19th on the PS4. The Xbox One and PC versions will launch at a later date. There will be no Xbox 360 or PS3 versions of the Eclipse expansion pack. If you bought the season pass for $50 you will automatically receive the new pack at no additional costs. If you did not purchase the season pass then you'll have to pay $15 for the pack.