It was only a matter of time! Call of Duty: Ghosts' third DLC pack, subtitled "Invasion" has now been announced and is planned for release on Xbox platforms starting June 3. Packaging together four maps, said to be small-to-medium size, along with Extinction's "Episode 3: Awakening," fans should be as pleased as ever -- so long as they can afford it. Invasion will cost $15 standalone, or will also be available as part of Ghosts' Season Pass which includes Invasion and three other DLC packs.
This may be the most interesting Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC release yet in my mind, due to the focus on small-to-medium sized maps. These close quarters, typically more fast paced maps are by far my favorite way to play Call of Duty. Who wants to wander long corridors with gross verticality just to get knifed before finally reaching that sniper on the hill?
Here are Call of Duty: Ghosts' DLC pack Invasion's four maps along with short descriptions provided by Activision:
- "Departed" is a medium-sized map set in a rural Mexican town during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The colorfully decorated streets, vendor carts and storefronts provide ample cover for run-and-gunners, and players that complete the map's unique Field Order will unlock the Death Mariachi killstreak. Armed with dual-wielding pistols, the Death Mariachi settles scores, with each kill turning enemy players into another member of the band, and a temporary squad mate.
- "Pharaoh" is the abandoned archeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace. Players will have to be on the lookout for collapsing monuments and urns full of flesh-eating scarabs, among other surprises in this multi-level map. Inside the palace, gamers will battle through multiple chambers ideal for close-quarters combat and short-range weapons, all under the watchful eye of Anubis, the half-jackal/half-human, protector of the dead, who will handsomely reward players who unlock this map's Field Order.
- "Mutiny" transports players to a remote Caribbean island harboring an eerie pirate hideout complete with abandoned trading posts and prison cells. Speed and stealth are a must as players navigate the narrow and intertwining pathways. However, let ye be warned that gamers taking up positions on the pirate ship moored in the center of the map will become vulnerable to enemy fire from the numerous flanking routes created by the map's horseshoe shaped dock. Players that unlock "Mutiny's" Field Order will find themselves escorted by two ethereal ghost pirates, who will happily send enemy combatants down to Davey Jones' locker on their behalf.
- Invasion's fourth multiplayer map is a refreshed version of the fan-favorite map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, "Favela." Since its original release, the Brazilian shantytown has seen substantial change. Buildings once under construction are now complete, while others have crumbled into a state of disrepair. Players must avoid falling to their death as they traverse the map from one building to the next, with ramshackle scaffolding creating varied pathways between structures, and enemy snipers taking advantage of the long sightlines. Players who complete the Field Order in "Favela" will be able to call in heavy air support from a nearby Y-8 Gunship to bring the rain with a 105mm cannon, a 40mm auto-cannon and a 25mm cannon.
As shown in the DLC's announcement trailer, the traps in the Pharaoh map and Mutiny's pirate ghosts sound like they're definitely going to be the highlight of the pack. Though of course, earning that Death Mariachi killstreak is also fun looking.
Pick up Call of Duty: Ghosts' Invasion DLC on Xbox One and Xbox 360 starting June 3. Expect the DLC to come to other platforms including the PC and PlayStation 4 about a month afterwards, so around July 3.
Ivasion Preview - YouTube