It’s time to look at what you need to know about the Black Ops 3 DLC as the Awakening DLC pack release date draws near. This is an updated look at what you need to know about the Awakening DLC for Black Ops 3 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
After several full months of playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, gamers are ready to add to the experience with new maps and more.
In December we got a first look at some new weapons as part of an update, but it’s the closest we’ve come to Black Ops 3 DLC yet. Just over a month after the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release, players gained a wrench, butterfly knife and brass knuckles to use as melee weapons.
As gamers master the new movement mechanics, learn how to better run through maps using wallruns and deliver devastating kills with specialist weapons we want to take a look at what is coming for the Black Ops 3 DLC.
Without official Black Ops 3 mod support for the near future, fans of the game need to look to downloadable content or DLC for new experiences in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
We know that there are at least four Black Ops 3 DLC packs planned, and we know the first release date as well as other potential release dates for the Black Ops 3 DLC map packs and what you can expect to see in each pack.
As you look out past the next few weeks, this is what you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Black Ops 3 DLC Release Date
The first Black Ops 3 DLC release date is confirmed for February 2nd on PS4. This is The Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC and it includes a variety of new maps and a Zombies experience.
Sony and Activision are in a partnership that delivers access to the new Black Ops 3 DLC first on PS4. The PC & Xbox One Black Ops 3 Awakening release date is 30 days later, likely on March 2nd.
The PS4 Black Ops 3 Awakening release time is 1 AM Pacific Time on February 2nd and gamers can pre-load the DLC if they buy the Awakening pack alone. It is not clear if Season Pass holders can pre-load yet.
After the initial DLC pack, we know that there will be three additional Black OPs 3 DLC release dates. Expect to see the the additional Black Ops 3 DLC release dates at the following times.
- #2 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC Release Date – Late March / Early April
- #3 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC Release Date –Late May / Early June
- #4 Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC Release Date –August
These dates are subject to change and are for the PS4 DLC release, with Xbox One and PC coming roughly a month later.
Black Ops 3 Season Pass
Gamers can buy the individual Black Ops 3 DLC map packs as each one comes out for $15, or buy the Black Ops 3 Season Pass that includes four map packs for $50.
If you pre-order the Black Ops 3 Season pass you get access to The Giant map for Black Ops 3 zombies, and you will get access to all four of the Black Ops 3 map packs.
Gamers can buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass digitally on their console or PC, through Amazon and at a variety of retailers. We know that it will include four map packs, similar to the one that is already confirmed.
If you know that you want to play Black Ops 3 for a year, this is likely the best way for you to buy, but if you are uncertain you can wait for the first Black Ops 3 DLC reviews to see if they are worth buying.
Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC Release Details
The first Black Ops 3 DLC map pack is Awakening. This includes four new Black Ops 3 maps for multiplayer and one new Black Ops 3 Zombies map. The video below walks through these new maps and the zombies experience that this will deliver in February.
Although Treyarch is not confirming future map pack details at this time, this is something you can expect to see with the next three Black Ops 3 DLC releases.
There are no new weapons listed or new Black Ops 3 specialists, but some gamers are hopeful that later updates will bring new options like this into the fold.
Black Ops 3 Season Pass Deals
Although it is tough to find many Black Ops 3 Season Pass deals to save on DLC if you watch for sales you can save a few dollars, which can add up to basically one free DLC map pack compared to buying all the DLC separately.
We are seeing Season Pass deals offer $5 off for Star Wars: Battlefront, and we could see similar deals and promotions arrive as the release date nears.
CD Keys offers the PS4 Black Ops 3 Season Pass for $45.93, but no real savings on the PC and Xbox One version.
PS3 & Xbox 360 Black Ops 3 DLC
There are a number of reasons you shouldn’t buy Black Ops 3 for PS3 and Xbox 360, and one of those is that you will not get to play the new Black Ops 3 maps on the older consoles.
Activision issued statements ahead of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date that pointed to this possibility and in recent announcements confirmed that the first Black Ops 3 DLC will not come to the Xbox 360 and PS3.
The door is open for some type of DLC, but with no Season Pass option, slow updates and a different developer making the game it looks like users will need to upgrade to PS4 or Xbox One to get the new DLC on consoles.
Black Ops 3 Tips to Level Up Faster
To have more fun in Black Ops 3 you need to level up to unlock new specialists, new weapons and new attachments. You rank up faster in Black Ops 3 by winning, playing the right game types and completing challenges. It also helps when you play on a Double XP weekend.
You should play the game modes that you like the most, but playing Kill Confirmed is one of the fastest ways to rank up fast in Black Ops 3. If you play on Hardcore you will also likely get more medals and more XP to level up faster.
In addition to leveling up your player, you can level up weapons by getting more kills with them. This will unlock attachments and new optics that improve the weapon stats.
You should check out the Black Ops 3 tips to level up faster to learn more about these modes and about how you can check challenges to earn more XP while you play.