Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC: 9 Things to Know

The Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date is finally here, allowing gamers to play four new Black Ops 3 maps and experience a new Black Ops 3 Zombies episode.

Thanks to our time with the new Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC maps we know a lot about the expansion and can fill in Xbox One owners with what they need to know about this new experience.

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In a turn of events, the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date arrived 30 days after PS4. For years Xbox owners played the latest DLC first, but that is no longer the case.

Another interesting change from previous years and from how many other games handle DLC is that the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC is connected to the Xbox One Black Ops 3 update, so even if you don’t buy the DLC, you download the new maps.

This guide will walk you through the most important details about the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC.

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Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Release Date

The first thing to know is that Sony only has a 30 day exclusive. This is advertised on the back of the game box and on commercials.

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The Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date is confirmed for March 3rd, 2016. This is a day after our expected release.

Expect the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date in the first week of March.

Expect the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date in the first week of March.

We could see a March Xbox One Black Ops 3 update arrive around this time to turn on the DLC and to fix bugs in the DLC that Treyarch discovered on the PS4 version.

How to Download Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC on Xbox One

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We showed you how to play the Awakening Black Ops 3 DCL maps early on Xbox One, and now you can download the maps directly to your console using this guide. We also walk through what to do if you cannot get the Awakening Map Pack to show up in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on your console.

Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Size

Expect a massive Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC download. The February Black Ops 3 update is over 9GB for the PS4 with all the maps and fixes.

With all the new maps the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC size is smaller than expected.

With all the new maps the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC size is smaller than expected.

The Xbox One February Black Ops 3 update is 7.9GB and even though the maps are not mentioned, this includes the maps. Expect the March Black Ops 3 update to add to this size, but the Awakening DLC is only 10MB to unlock the maps that are on your Xbox One already.

If you don’t have much space on your console you should clear it out or look at adding an external hard drive.

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Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Playlist Details

Unlike some DLC map packs that only exist in a special playlist for a limited time, Treyarch adds the new Black Ops 3 DLC maps to all playlists.

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This does mean you only get matched up against other players who have the same DLC, but it ensures that you can play your favorite game modes and you can also play the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC in Hardcore.

You cannot disable the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC, and if you choose to buy this or the Black Ops 3 Season Pass don’t be surprised if you find yourself matched up against tougher players.

Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Deals

Currently we are not seeing any Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC deals on the individual DLC or on the Season Pass. Yes, buying the Season Pass offers a $10 discount over buying each of the DLC packs alone, but that is not a limited time deal.

We saw Sony offer 25% off a digital version of the game and season pass during the first week of the game, but Microsoft has yet to announce any similar deals.

Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Review

After playing the new maps, we can share our Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC review that should help you decide if the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC is worth buying. We played on the PS4, but the map fun and map issues should be very similar on both consoles. Xbox One players could even benefit from Treyarch fixing glitches that are frustrating PS4 players now.

Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 Release Time

Awakening Xbox One Black Ops 3 DLC Release TimeThe Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release time is listed around Midnight Pacific, or 3 AM Eastern according to Treyarch.

This is a change from the GameStop listed time of  9 AM Central time, which is 10 AM Eastern and 7 AM Pacific on March 3rd.

Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Pre-Load

Another key detail is that the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC arrived as part of a massive February Black Ops 3 update and fixes came with the March Black Ops 3 update.

A huge Xbox One Black Ops 3 update arrived last month, and it included the new Awakening DLC maps, but the notes did not mention them.

Expect to pre-load Awakening on Xbox One with the next major update.

Expect to pre-load Awakening on Xbox One with the next major update.

The Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC maps and Der Esiendrache zombies experience are already on your console. A new hotfix update adds a special playlist for the Xbox One Awakening under Bonus.

What’s in Awakening DLC for Xbox One

When you buy the Xbox One Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC you get four maps and a new zombies experience. Three of the new Black Ops 3 maps in Awakening are brand new, and one is a remake of Hijacked. The Zombies experience, Der Esiendrache, is the first chapter of the new 2016 Zombies experience that features the old cast. Check out the new maps and zombies in more detail below.

Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC: 9 Things to Know Now

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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