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MW3 DLC Map “Liberation”

February 3, 2012 in ELITE, MultiPlayer, MW3, NEWS, PS3, Xbox

Here is a look at the Map Pack “First Offensive” DLC Map “Liberation” along with a little commentary………I also talk a little about the Elite “Exclusive Content” along with the Xbox Exclusive Content over PC & PS3 and give my little “rant” or two cents if you will. But just wanted to show you all that do not have this content yet what they look like. IMHO I like both of the Maps “Liberation” & “Piazza” (to my surprise, I REALLY like them) even though Liberation is more of a Sniper haven type map, I really enjoyed it (as a runner gunner type) but I really love Piazza the most. Check the video, comment, subscribe ;)

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When will PS3 Elite members get Map Pack DLC

January 29, 2012 in ELITE, MW3, NEWS, PS3, Xbox

This is the “Million Dollar Question”. January 24th Activision released “First Offensive” DLC Map Packs to ELITE Xbox users ONLY. Offensive is a PERFECT name for this DLC because it has created such stir to non Elite Xbox, as well as both Elite/Non PS3 users (PC peeps too). HERE is the Press Release of Xbox Deal as a reference. Based on the link <--- you can see ATVI is obligated to NOT give PS3 DLC until Xbox has it for 30 days. MSFT paid LOTS of money for this right. Now enter the dilemma: ATVI promises if you Pay for "Elite Premium" then you will get access to DLC BEFORE non elite members (quote from callofduty website FAQ's) “Similar to Map Packs, X360 Premium members will receive their Content before PS3 Premium members. All Call of Duty ELITE Premium members will receive a steady stream of content released monthly for 9 months through the Content season, and they will also receive their Content before non-premium members on their console.”

If you do a quick mathematical look at it:
Xbox premium Jan 24 gets it
PS3 premium wait 30 days
Then does Xbox non Elite get it at same time PS3 Premium get it or before (Xbox non elite could get this before a PAID PS3 Elite)
if not then Xbox non elite’s will have to wait over 30 days to get it. Quite a conundrum here, to say the least. Not only does Elite partially work (have any of you been able to Clan Ops as advertised yet…….NO) but they have also put themselves in a pickle here.

Well the good news it that ATVI is a 13.9 BILLION dollar company so we can rest assured that they are on top of it. A company with this kind of money surely wants to show the shareholders they think things out well ahead of time; hence the “Forward Looking Statements” Quarterly / Yearly Guidance, etc. So it’s a great idea that have a “Community Manager” Dan Amrich (One of Swords) that surely they keep in the loop of such dilemmas so he can convey to YOU the consumer, answers and continued loyalty to the ATVI brand. (Note: Dan is exceptional & this in no way reflects on him, he does a great job; however, he is limited to what he can do or say without having the knowledge of those above him) So here is the latest news from 1OS via a tweet and you can see ATVI is keeping him in the dark, just as us……THE CONSUMER………Le Sigh!

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MW3 MAP Packs coming Jan 24 for ELITE members

January 11, 2012 in ELITE, Infinity Ward, MultiPlayer, MW3, Sledgehammer

Activision announced the DLC Map Packs are due out FIRST on XBOX for ELITE Premium members on January 24, 2012 (Partial Press Release below). Modern Warfare 3 will soon have 2 multiplayer maps “Liberation” (Based in New York) and “Piazza” (Based in Italy) and as always Xbox first then all others, typically 30 days later. Please don’t ask they SAME question, “What about Playstation?” If you have forgotten already the Microsoft Deal, I’ve added it’s partial Press Release from ATVI at the very bottom as well. I’m not sure exactly how this will work for non ELITE members, yet………I’m not even sure if IW or SHG does yet either ;) but as a Premium ELITE, you will see it first, as well as, EXCLUSIVE content, and always XBOX first. I know this seems confusing to many, too be honest, I slightly confused myself, but at any rate they are coming and no matter which platform you prefer,they will be here soon enough, so let’s just be patient……..K ;)

Below is video to help explain more and reveal some of these maps, but be sure to READ the PR’s below for more specifics, especially the last one that seems anger PS3 Peeps EVERY time there is a DLC. Look on the bright side though PS3 peeps, note it states “through 2012″, well that’d mean one year left of this contract, unless MSFT dumps more money on the table (which they probably will, LOL)

PR for the DLC:
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Modern Warfare® 3 blazes into 2012 with the debut of all-new multiplayer maps Liberation and Piazza, the front line of the Modern Warfare® 3 Content Season for Call of Duty® Elite, nine consecutive months of epic downloadable content that commences January 24th for Xbox Live users. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI), revealed today that the content will be available first for Call of Duty® Elite’s premium members on Xbox LIVE, followed by additional platforms at a later time. From January through September, Call of Duty Elite premium members on Xbox LIVE will receive regular updates of all new content totaling at least 20 content drops.

The Modern Warfare 3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite will include a broader variety than ever, with brand new multiplayer maps, Special Ops Missions, new game modes and more. While Call of Duty Elite premium subscribers get the new content first, as promised, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 fans who want to buy the content a la carte as they have in the past, will be able to purchase the content via Modern Warfare 3 Content Collections.

“The mammoth launch of Modern Warfare 3 and the breakout success of Call of Duty Elite were just the beginning. Call of Duty Elite provides an ‛always-on’ connection to our fanbase, and the MW3 Content Season is the ultimate way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Call of Duty community and provide tremendous value to Call of Duty Elite premium members,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “With the Call of Duty®: MW3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite we are delivering on our promise of more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever. With three studios collaborating on the first season, the breadth and depth of material on tap is truly extraordinary. It’s rare you can successfully execute both quantity and quality, but thanks to the expertise of our developers, the reach of Call of Duty Elite and the passion of our fans, we intend to deliver.”

All content drops for Call of Duty Elite premium members will occur once a month, starting in January for Xbox Live users and will continue through the year, ending in September. During the first three months of 2012, Activision will release five different content drops on three occasions in January, February and March, first on Xbox Live, followed by additional platforms at a later time.

The first two Content Drops will be multiplayer maps—also playable in Modern Warfare 3 Survival Mode—that throw combatants into a war-torn Central Park and an Italian seaside village. Liberation is a vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower. Piazza is the idyllic Italian getaway that is anything but, where tight corners and branching pathways pose great risk at every turn. Close-range combat dominates in Piazza, where attacks from behind, above and below are an ever-constant threat.

The third Content Drop will be available for download in mid-February and two additional Content Drops will go live in March, as premium Call of Duty Elite members will receive new content once a month through September. Also in March, the first Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection will be available for purchase by the entire Call of Duty: MW3 player community on Xbox Live………….

PR for the Xbox Exclusive DLC:
Activision, Microsoft Enter Long-Term Agreement to Release Call of Duty(R) Downloadable
Content First on Xbox 360 Multi-Title, Multi-Year Agreement for Blockbuster Franchise Extends Through 2012
LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced today a multi-year agreement that will continue to bring Call of Duty(R) game add ons and map packs first to Xbox LIVE online entertainment network.

The news was revealed today to a capacity-crowd at Microsoft’s Xbox 360 E3 press conference in Los Angeles. The agreement which began in 2009 now extends for all add ons and map packs from the mega-blockbuster Call of Duty(R) franchise through 2012, including Call of Duty(R): Black Ops, the follow up to the largest entertainment launch in history and one of the most-anticipated titles of the year set for release Nov. 9th.

“Our Treyarch Studio is doing something special with Call of Duty: Black Ops, which is why we’re thrilled to announce this Xbox LIVE agreement,” said Philip Earl, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Activision’s Call of Duty Business Unit. “This agreement reflects our shared and continued focus on creating the most compelling and exciting content releases for fans around the world.”

With billions of hours logged online, Call of Duty titles consistently rank atop Xbox LIVE’s most-played charts, making it the largest Call of Duty community of any entertainment system. “With 25 million members, Xbox LIVE is the industry’s premier online gaming service that establishes the best in cooperative and multiplayer online play for blockbuster franchises like Call of Duty,” said Marc Whitten, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE. “With the release of game add ons and map packs coming first to Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE is the place to play Call of Duty for years to come.”…………………

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