Modern Warfare 3’s globe-hopping gameplay took you to London, Paris, Berlin and the New York Stock Exchange. That trend continues with the newly announced DLC multiplayer maps, available to Xbox 360 Call of Duty Elite premium members on January 24 and everyone else in March.


Liberation is set in New York’s Central Park and is filled with familiar landmarks, though thanks to the fictional World War III that ravaged the single player campaign, they may not be in the best condition. Activision describes Liberation as a “vast, militarized landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire, with mounted turrets on either end that lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower.”

We asked Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling for specific strategy tips on Liberation:

"Since it is good for Domination and since it is wide open… if you have not used the trophy system yet, this is the place that it comes in well. Especially if you’re taking the down point, throw up that trophy system because it’s going to take out any explosives that are coming your way. You don’t have the cover that you have on the more urban maps. They can get grenades further and they can get explosives down range much faster than in other maps."


Piazza, by contrast, takes place in an unspoiled (until now) vacation getaway spot: an Italian village built on the side of a coastal hill. According to Activision, “tight corners and branching pathways pose great risk at every turn. Close-range combat dominates in Coast, where attacks from behind, above and below are an ever-constant threat.”

Here are Bowling’s personal strategy tips for Piazza: 

"It’s all about situational awareness. Because there are so many flanking routes, it’s very important to focus on looking at your mini map and seeing which routes [your opponents] are covering so you know which routes to take. They are tight corridors. That’s really a place where support tactical equipment really comes into play. You want things like portable radar so that you can watch and have situational awareness on those flanking routes. You can throw down portable radar on the left side of the hill and watch the right side."

For details on all the planned Modern Warfare 3 DLC – this is only the start, with 18 more pieces coming through September – head here. For the first gameplay footage of Liberation and Piazza, as well as more strategy from the developers, check out the trailer below.

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  • Pwnz0r3d - January 10, 2012 2:50 p.m.

    Do you have to buy the maps even if you are already an Elite member? Because that's a HORRIBLE business strategy.
  • ThatGamerDude - January 10, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    Premium members get it for free but if you have a non-premium Elite account, then it isn't free.
  • jameseverett - January 10, 2012 1:17 p.m.

    Is it just me or does the background of Piazza i.e. the mountain, look farmililar to any MW2 players? *cough* Favela *cough*