The Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC is still several weeks away, but thanks to our time with the new Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC maps we know a lot about the expansion and can fill in Xbox One owners with what they need to know.
In a turn of events, the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date arrives 30 days after PS4. For years Xbox owners played the latest DLC first, but that is no longer the case.
Another interesting change from previous years and from how many other games handle DLC is that the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC is connected to the Xbox One Black Ops 3 update 5 that is coming later this month.
This guide will walk you through the most important details about the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date, potential for deals, the release time and other interesting parts of the process.
Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Release Date
We know important information about the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date.
Expect the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date in the first week of March.
The first thing to know is that Sony only has a 30 day exclusive. This is advertised on the back of the game box and on commercials. This suggests that the Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC release date is coming as soon as March 2nd.
Activision and Treyarch did not confirm this yet, but it is unlikely that they will push the date out further. We expect to see a patch well ahead of the DLC release date and more communication on the exact release time for the Awakening on Xbox One.
Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Pre-Load
Another key detail is that the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC arrives as part of a massive February Black Ops 3 update. This is already available on the PS4, and it is coming to Xbox One in mid-February.
Expect to pre-load Awakening on Xbox One with the next major update.
This update should deliver the four new maps to the Xbox One and the new Awakening Zombies experience to your console as early as two weeks before you can play. This is essentially pre-loading the new maps so that you don’t have to wait.
You will get this update even if you don’t buy the DLC or a Season Pass.
Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC DLC Size
With all the new maps the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC size is set to be large.
Expect a massive Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC download. The February Black Ops 3 update is over 9GB for the PS4 with all the maps and fixes.
If you don’t have much space on your console you should clear it out or look at adding an external hard drive.
Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Playlist Details
Unlike some DLC map packs that only exist in a special playlist for a limited time, Treyarch adds the new Black Ops 3 DLC maps to all playlists.
This does mean you only get matched up against other players who have the same DLC, but it ensures that you can play your favorite game modes and you can also play the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC in Hardcore.
Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Deals
Currently we are not seeing any Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC deals on the individual DLC or on the Season Pass. Yes, buying the Season Pass offers a $10 discount over buying each of the DLC packs alone, but that is not a limited time deal.
We saw Sony offer 25% off a digital version of the game and season pass during the first week of the game, which is something Microsoft might do as well, but overall don’t expect to save on the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC on Xbox One anytime soon if you already own the game.
Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Review
After playing the new maps, we can share our Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC review that should help you decide if the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC is worth buying. We played on the PS4, but the map fun and map issues should be very similar on both consoles. Xbox One players could even benefit from Treyarch fixing glitches that are frustrating PS4 players now.
What’s in Awakening DLC for Xbox One
When you buy the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC you get four maps and a new zombies experience. Three of the new Black Ops 3 maps in Awakening are brand new, and one is a remake of Hijacked. The Zombies experience, Der Esiendrache, is the first chapter of the new 2016 Zombies experience that features the old cast. Check out the new maps and zombies in more detail below.
Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC: 7 Things to Know Now
Skyjacked Black Ops 3 Map Video & Details
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The Skyjacked Black Ops 3 map is one of the remakes of a popular map from earlier Call of Duty games. Skyjacked is a reimaginign of the map Hijacked from Black Ops 2. Although this is not completely new, there are many changes to the map to enable the new movement options that Black Ops 3 delivers.
In the teaser for Awakening DLC, Dan Bunting, Game Director of Multiplayer at Treyarch tells us that this is the map that he is most excited about in the first set of Black OPs 3 DLC. It is, "fast, frentic and chaotic." according to Bunting.
The video above shows off a preview of the Skyjacked Black Ops 3 map with multiple vantage points of the map, that show off the cover, some of the lanes and the multi-level design.
There are many places to wallrun on Skyjacked and the preview offers a nice way to get an early look ahead of the full release and other public previews.