Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Release Date Tips

The PC and Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 release date is a day away, and there are several important tips that you need to know about, and that you may want to start using, to make sure this goes smoothly.

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Treyarch and Activision delivered the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC to the PS4 early in February and the Awakening DLC is coming to the Xbox One and PC on March 3rd.

If you are a PC or Xbox One owner, this is what you need to know to get ready for the Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC release date.

Use these PC and Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date tips to get ready.

Use these PC and Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date tips to get ready.

It is possible to buy the Awakening DLC for $14.99 alone or to buy it as part of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season pass for $49.99. The Season Pass includes four map packs, offering savings of $10 over buying each DLC pack individually.

You need to install the March Black Ops 3 update, which fixes a lot of bugs with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, in order to play the Awakening DLC.

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Here are the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date tips that will help you prepare for a smooth update and help you get right to the gameplay.

Clean Out Your PC or Xbox One Hard Drive

Are you still holding on to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta or other files that are taking up a lot of room on your console or PC? Now is a good time to delete them.

You need to install a 1GB update on the Xbox One and sizable PC update as well. You may already have the maps on your console, but this update may require more room than you have.

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This means you will need a decent amount of space on your hard drive to download the patch and the new maps. We had to delete two betas and an arcade game to make room on our 500GB PS4 hard drive, and you may run into the same issue on Xbox One or PC.

Start the Awakening Black Ops 3 Download ASAP

Even if the maps are included in the Black Ops 3 update that users already have, it is a good idea to start the Black Ops 3 Update on Xbox One and PC as soon as you can. This will take a while to download on poor connections and even on a speedy connection it could take an 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

If you plan to play later in the day we suggest starting the download before you leave for work, or if you are already there you should start the update as soon as you get home instead of right when you want to play.

The actual map unlock update when you buy the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC is only 10MB.

How to Download Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC

Unlike previous updates that pushed out the DLC as a standalone download through Xbox Live, the PlayStation Store or Steam, the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC comes with an update.

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To download the new maps and zombies in the Awakening DLC, you need to open Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to trigger an update to the game. Once this update downloads you can start Black Ops 3 and activate the DLC.

You need to purchase the DLC or Season Pass, and then follow these instructions to download and install the Awakening DLC.

  1. Select Store from the main menu.
  2. Select Map Packs.
  3. Select Awakening DLC to activate the DLC pack.

As soon as you complete this you should be able to play the four new maps and the first chapter of the new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies mission.

Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Problems

There is a potential for some Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC problems to get in the way of playing the game.

First off, it may take a while to download the update file. If possible, plug-in an Ethernet cable to speed things up — especially if your console is far from your router. You may see the download take 40 minutes on a very fast connection or up to two hours on a slower connection.

If you do not see the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC in the game after downloading the patch and after waiting until March 3rd there are two things to try.

Close Black Ops 3 on your Xbox One or PC and restart the game. If this does not help you should completely restart your Xbox One or PC and when it comes back up you should be able to play the Awakening DLC.

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Skyjacked Black Ops 3 Map Video & Details

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Skyjacked Black Ops 3 Map Video & Details

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. 

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