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Medal of Honor Warfighter developer outlines recreation of real-life locales for 'Zero Dark Thirty' map pack

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Medal of Honor Warfighter developer Danger Close will release a map pack tied to the upcoming film Zero Dark Thirty in mid-December, and the studio discussed the process of fictionalizing Pakistani locales for the multiplayer maps in a video released today.

Art director Chris Salazar explained that the studio had to rely on images and footage of the areas in question — the Darra Gun Market and a region called Chitral — since the developers couldn't visit the places themselves. After doing research, artists went in and designed the scenery to fit the real-life settings, while level designers built the terrain in a way that makes the maps fun to play in multiplayer.

Warfighter launched on Oct. 23 on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack is free to owners of the game's Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition; for other players, it will cost $9.99.

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