Activision and developer Treyarch have released new details for the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Titled Awakening, it features four new action-packed multiplayer maps and a new Zombies experience set in a medieval Austrian castle during World War II. The DLC pack will release on 2nd February, 2016, for PS4 with other next-gen platforms to follow.

“Since Black Ops III launched last month, the response from our community has been incredible in every way,” said Mark Lamia, Studio Head, Treyarch. “With Awakening, the studio is focused on creating a wide variety of gameplay experiences for our fans in Multiplayer and Zombies that will keep players coming back for more.”

Der Eisendrache, the first chapter of Zombies DLC adventure will take players on an epic journey with the Origin characters Richtofen, Nicolai, Takeo and Dempsey. Set in an eerie medieval castle built upon an ancient site of unspeakable horror, massive deposits of Element 115 have recently been discovered, delivering inspired new gameplay and a variety of plot twists.


Additionally, Awakening features four new multiplayer maps:

  • Gauntlet: Grounded in a military training facility, the map 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 arctic 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.
  • Rise: Set in the snowy outskirts of Zurich, it 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 Black Ops II map Hijacked and retains the same fast and frenetic gameplay from one of the most popular maps in the franchise’s history, but with a twist.

The Awakening DLC Map Pack is available at a discounted rate via the Season Pass, which features all four DLC Map Packs planned for the year, as part of the discounted bundle. Unfortunately, the DLC, and Season Pass, is not available for last-gen players.