Posted Tue Jan 26, 2016 at 02:43 PM PST by Brian Hoss
It's almost time for the Origin.
Players already know that 'Call of Duty: Black Ops III' is crawling with zombies (review here), but with 'Awakening' inbound for the PS4, the new Zombies episode, 'Der Eisendrache,' promises to take players to a snowy enemy research facility. This episode features Origins characters Richtofen, Nikolai, Takeo, and Dempsey, and it seems that with so much Element 115 around, zombies will literally be falling from the skies.
'Black Ops III: Awakening' will hit the PS4 as the first DLC package on February 2nd, with Xbox One and PC to follow (think March). 'Awakening' contains four multiplayer maps, 'Skyjacked,' 'Rise,' 'Splash,' and 'Gauntlet.' Here, from Treyarch, is a breakdown of the new maps:
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 II 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 III.
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