How to Download Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC Early

The Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC release date is March 3rd, but you can download the new DLC maps and Zombies experience now.

As of 10PM Eastern on March 2nd Microsoft enabled the necessary ad in the UK. You can change your console region to the UK on your Xbox, launch the ad, download the Awakening Black Ops 3 maps early and then switch back to play offline. You may need the Season Pass to see the ad. Check out our Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date tips for more.

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This guide will show you how to download the Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC and how you can play the Awakening DLC Maps early on Xbox One.

After a month of exclusivity the Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC release date arrives on March 3rd, but you can start downloading the new maps today, and you can now buy the Awakening DLC for $14.99 without buying the Season Pass.

You can also buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass for $49.99 if you want all the map packs. This guide will also allow you to start the Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC download if you bought the season pass already.

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Here’s what you need to do to download the Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC early.

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Select the Awakening DLC ad.

Select the Awakening DLC ad on Xbox One.

The first thing you need to do is go to your Xbox One Dashboard. Here you should see an Ad for the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC on the right side. If you don’t see this hold the left and right trigger, then press Y to refresh the dashboard. Once you see the ad, select it and you will end up on a screen prompting you to buy the Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC, and to buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass.

Even if you already bought the Xbox One Black Ops 3 Season Pass you should choose the Buy Now option.

Choose Buy Now to start downloading Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC early on Xbox One.

Choose Buy Now to start downloading Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC early on Xbox One.

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This will take you to the Xbox Store, where you will see the option to buy the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC 1 now. If you already redeemed your Season Pass this will show an option to install the Awakening Black Ops 3 maps early on Xbox One.

Choose to install, wait for the small 10MB file to download and then you can go into the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 game on Xbox One and the maps are available.

Choose install and you are ready to start playing the Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC early.

Choose install and you are ready to start playing the Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC early.

The file is small because the maps actually arrived on your console last month with the February Black Ops 3 update. We expect a March Black Ops 3 update with new fixes and the changes we saw on the PS4 Black Ops 3 1.07 update to arrive soon on Xbox One.

If you choose to Play Local n the Xbox One Black Ops 3 menu you can create an offline game and then choose the new DLC maps so that you can learn the best places to travel, ambush others and quickest way to get around each map. The video above walks through that and shows Xbox One Black Ops 3 Awakening Gameplay on Splash.

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Check out our Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC review to find out what we like about this and what you need to know before you buy the DLC.

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You can also check out the slides below that will show you a better look at each of the maps, and more gameplay of each map so that you can start researching.

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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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