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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.”…………………


MW3 tops 1 BILLION $$$ in 16 days, New Record

December 12, 2011 in COD8, Infinity Ward, NEWS, Sledgehammer

Activision Studios: Sledghammer Games and Infinity Ward’s Joint venture “Modern Warfare 3″ has just busted though yet another record, beating out Avatar (the movie) for generating over $1,000,0000,000 in sales the fastest. Avatar did it in 17 days, which MW3 beat by ONE day. Congratulations Activision, now lets take some of that money and apply it towards getting ELITE to work properly :P $ounds like a good idea to me, LOL. Really though great job guys/gals.
Partial Press release below.


Press Release:

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare™ 3 crossed the $1 billion mark in sales since its launch on November 8, 2011, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information. Highlighting the trend of interactive entertainment gaining a greater hold of audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 16 days, eclipsing the record set in 2009 by the feature film “Avatar,” which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days.

While 2011 box office revenue is on the decline — down 4 percent this year at $9.4 billion, compared with $9.8 billion in 2010 — the number of people purchasing and participating in gaming is on the rise, with no sign of slowing.(1) With more than 30 million gamers, the Call of Duty community now exceeds the combined populations of the cities of New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid.


Modern Warfare 3 Review

November 16, 2011 in COD8, Infinity Ward, MultiPlayer, MW3, Sledgehammer, Spec Ops, Survival Mode

I’m not sure how to write this review, because when I think about it….How can a game disappoint you and frustrate you SO much, yet cause you to be addicted to it and have fun playing it at the same time??? I will do my best of explaining this love and disgust. So bear with me, and agree or disagree, and give us your input. Here is what CAN’T be denied: This joint venture of Sledgehammer Games (New kid on the Block) and Infinity Ward (Incumbent to MW) sold of 12 MILLON copies netting almost 3/4 of a BILLION Dollars in its first week!!! Shattering ALL previous entertainment records (this was anticipated, but WOW). We all new that IW was “crippled” last year due to a shake up with top management, but along comes SHG to join in, fresh blood, with it’s driven founders Glen Schoefield and Michael Condrey So along with IW the expectations for this game was immense. Even with the Props I gave Treyarch’s Black Ops, I would still tell peeps that I play with “If you could get rid of Danger Close/Noob Tube’n and the massive hacking that went on in MW2 it would still be IMHO the best FPS (first person shooter) due to it’s feel and online gameplay. So with an entire year plus SHG onboard, and lessons learned from MW2 and Black Ops. This MW3 was going to be almost PERFECT.

I was excited when I inserted the DVD into my console and seen the IW & SHG splash screen then the rest of the intro. I almost had to change my pants just then, LOL. Then the main menu comes up and………..MY JAW HIT THE FLOOR. Did I just insert my MW2 DVD?? What? What is this? No matter looks just like MW2 but that was there just to keep some similarity there I suppose. So I go to the online section, with my tongue hanging out. Ouch! I just bit my tongue…..This is MW2!!? So I look around and OK there is a few different buttons that were added. I would’ve thought that the “Front End” GUI would’ve got some sort of make over, but I BELIEVED and pressed on because I knew the online gameplay was going to be insanely PERFECT. I waited and waited and waited……etc……and Finally get into a match and seen an UMP as a default weapon, OH YEAH, this is what’s up! So I play on and it was perfect, mostly. Graphics were better, the FEEL of the gun, shooting it, running with it, and everything you think that a FPS should be, this was it!!!

So then I started to get an insane amount of invites, I back out so I could just “Join Session” I get the “user is in a private party” so this makes sense, cause many peeps would just be jumping in your party. I decided to form my own party and went to send out the invites and now BACK to the disappointment, what a pain IMHO, it was actually easier to just got the the XMB of my console and invite from there (I guess BLOPS spoiled my with it’s GUI). We finally had our 6 man team together to start pwning these campers (massive camping is a side effect of new COD’s as nobody knows the maps yet) so i go to find a game and we wait and wait and wait………..etc It would take up to 20 minutes at times to get into a match! OK, Matchmaking FAILS!!! Then later on during a match, I get booted from game and get “OutofMemory14″….WHAT! Regroup, wait 20 minutes for a match.

OH, wait a minute, I bought a Hardened Edition, I’m gonna log out and log into this COD Elite, check it out, get my founder status, and obtain my Double XP before I go back to regroup. Long story short, the highly touted CODELITE…..FAILS! Good thing they had a BETA in preparation for what EVERYBODY knew was going to be the largest release of all time, with extreme server needs o_O So back to online play. Bottom line, I just can’t say….baaaawaaaaaghhhh….I’m so confused. OK OK Deep breath…..As of right now, I have logged 30 hours of online play and have prestiged and am up to level 20….something. When All 8 cylinders are firing on the network, this online play feels AWESOME!!!! and is very addictive; however, when you get a crappy connection (MW2 didn’t seem to do that often, BLOPS did, hence the term Lag Ops) so WHY does MW3 have these crappy connections so much? Since the front end GUI is almost the same, how did they go backwards from MW2 on this part. Well as of now it seems that the Matchmaking is MUCH better, but still some serious lag exists. There were also reports of “Hacked” stats within 3 hours of this game being release; however, at least no “Challenge Lobbies”…yet (I seriously doubt we’ll see those) I love the Guns, the way each feels and has it’s own personality. I love the way each loadout you can feel it impact you in every way THIS IS A FPS as it should be (remember when firing on all cylinders)

When I lit this part off, I had to reach down on the floor and pick up one of my eyeballs. WOW the graphics are AMAZING, I only got through the 2nd round, the submarine level, which is very near and dear to my bluenose/amine pumping heart. Did I mention the GRAPHICS!!! INTENSE!!! I’ve only heard from a few that the storyline is “OK” but these graphics are amazing and I don’t care if the story is average, I’m gonna have fun with Campaign.

This is your traditional Spec Ops that was introduced to us in MW2 with twist. I enjoyed many hours, when my and 1 other person was online to just get in Spec Ops to play and just BS, but now there is this thing called “Survival Mode” all I can say is GOOD LUCK. It is Treyarch Zombiesque except these non zombie enemies shoot at you in relentless waves. I will need more time on this to truly discuss it, but honestly I was not Overly impressed…….Being a Zombie (BLOPS & WaW) fanatic….this is not a replacement or even close, yet it is new and fun, but not innovative IMHO.

New Multiplayer games Kill Confirmed and Team Defender are BEAST, not for the weary, or campers lots of action here. They still have bugs to work out, but this will, I believe, be my FAVORITE online FPS ever. I have come to terms with some of my disappointments, mainly because I thought long about it. Treyarch went from WaW to Black Ops and the Innovation and Leaps and bounds in the GUI, Game, etc that they made, somehow affected the expectation, especially with a “fresh blood” involved (SHG) that MW3 would be Leaps and Bounds beyond MW2. The more I play it the more I like it. I still would suggest that the GUI in the next MW be more user friendly. There will be plenty more discussion on Modern Warfare 3 through out the year, but for now…..WHAT DO YOU THINK OF IT?