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Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's first add-on hits PS4 in February

DLC skipping PS3 and Xbox 360

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The first downloadable add-on for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Awakening, is coming to PlayStation 4 on Feb. 2, 2016, publisher Activision and developer Treyarch announced today.

Awakening, like many of the Call of Duty DLC packs that have come before it, will include four multiplayer maps — Gauntlet, Splash, Rise and Skyjacked — and a new chapter for Black Ops 3's Zombies mode, titled "Der Eisendrache." Here's Activision's description of the four new multiplayer maps, one of which includes a re-imagined map from Black Ops 2 and a park that highlights Black Ops 3's underwater combat.

  • Gauntlet: Grounded in a military training facility, Gauntlet plays up the core philosophy of Treyarch's classic three lane map structure with distinct variety in visuals and gameplay. Each of the three primary lanes has a unique environment as players battle through a sprawling jungle, sub-zero artic zone and rainy urban cityscape.
  • Splash: Set in an abandoned water theme park, this vibrant and playful map delivers an imaginative environment complete with waterslides, a wrecked pirate ship and a lazy river ride that winds through a fantastical forgotten city. Splash is designed to drive an open flow of combat, including plenty of opportunities for underwater gameplay.
  • Rise: Set in the snowy outskirts of Zurich, Rise is a Coalescence Corporation construction project for a massive subterranean research campus. The design of the map caters to a mix of classic Call of Duty cover combat alongside strategic core movement opportunities, with each section of the map offering distinctly different styles of gameplay.
  • Skyjacked: Set on a security VTOL in the clouds over urban Zurich, Skyjacked is a reimagined version of the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer map Hijacked, and retains the same fast and frenetic gameplay from one of the most popular maps in Call of Duty history, but with a twist. Skyjacked gives players the opportunity to explore the map in a variety of new ways thanks to the all-new core movement system in Black Ops 3.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 — Awakening costs $15 and is included as part of the game's $49.99 season pass, which comprises four map packs that will be released throughout 2016. Awakening is coming to other platforms, specifically Windows PC and Xbox One, at a later date, as part of Sony's exclusivity arrangement with Activision. Awakening won't be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, however.

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