April is the cruelest month. Call of Duty fans will be able to express themselves fully and get out their frustrations with the Eclipse downloadable content (DLC) for Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the PlayStation 4 starting April 19.
The new DLC features diverse multiplayer maps, including the re-imaginging of Call of Duty: World at War’s Banzai undead experience during World War II. Thanks to Activision Blizzard’s exclusive deal with Sony, PS4 fans get their DLC for Call of Duty a month before others do. It’s the latest in a franchise played by around 40 million players and month, and which has generated more than $10 billion over a decade.
“The incredible amount of engagement and response to Black Ops III from our fans continues to inspire all of us at the studio,” said Mark Lamia, studio head at Treyarch, in a statement. “Eclipse continues to demonstrate our commitment to delivering the most exciting gameplay experiences possible with each DLC pack. We are pushing ourselves at every turn to craft new and unique ways to play.”
Eclipse comes packed with four new multiplayer maps: Spire, Rift, Knockout; and Verge. The latter is a re-imagining of the Call of Duty: World at War classic, Banzai. In Verge, you have to take control of bridges, fortresses, tunnels, and waterfalls.
The Spire map takes multiplayer combat into a futuristic sub-orbital airport terminal in the clouds. It has multiple levels and open areas promote intense, mid-range combat around a clean, high-tech civilian environment. If you step off the edge, you’ll fall back to the stratosphere.
The Rift map is set in a harsh futuristic military complex, high above an active caldera. Rift funnels and forces tight, intense engagements, where the only way through is forward. You have to use the unique core movement opportunities to outsmart and outplay enemies as you traverse the suspended rail system.
And in Knockout, you fight in a traditional Shaolin Temple with a retro twist. Knockout sets the stage for a bloody Kung Fu tournament. This mid-sized map showcases a sharp contrast between the mid-range engagements of the traditional exterior architecture and the tight close-quarters of an eclectic 1970’s styled interior.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops III Eclipse DLC Map Pack is available at a discounted rate via the Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC Season Pass at $50, or an individual price of $15.