There’s been a lot of confusion over the intended release dates for Modern Warfare 3’s upcoming DLC – and it isn’t difficult to see why.
Even though Activision’s intentions are perfectly clear – the publisher plans to drop 20 pieces of DLC between now and September – its Call of Duty Elite service (along with its divide between free/premium members) and its timed-exclusive deal with Microsoft makes the entire scenario far more confusing than it really should be.
So we thought we’d make things a bit more simple. Below is the expected release schedule for the first wave of Modern Warfare 3 DLC:
January 24th: The first two maps – Liberation and Piazza – will become available to Xbox 360 Premium Call of Duty Elite members at no additional cost.
“Shortly after” January 24th: Liberation and Piazza will be released to PS3 Premium Elite members at no additional cost.
February: Additional content released to Xbox 360 Premium Elite members. This content may consist of more maps, or additional content for other modes (Spec Ops, Campaign etc). Again, PS3 Premium Elite members will have to wait an unspecified period for this content.
March: First DLC pack released on Xbox Live Marketplace containing all content previously released for Xbox 360 Premium Elite members. This content pack will be available to everyone on Xbox Live. Although a price has yet to be confirmed, expect the pack to cost 1200 Microsoft Points. Additional content is also expected for Xbox 360 and PS3 Premium Elite members.
April: Though an official date is yet to be announced by Activision, the first DLC pack is expected to be released on PlayStation 3 and PC one month after its release on Xbox Live. Additional content is also expected for Xbox 360 Premium Elite members, again to be released to PS3 Premium Elite members at a later date.
This pattern will repeat itself twice, with new content available to Premium Elite members every month through to September 2012.
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