Are you a Call of Duty Elite premium member? Now you finally know what you've been paying (and waiting) for. Starting January 24 with a pair of new multiplayer maps – set in New York's Central Park and an Italian seaside village – and continuing through September of this year, subscribers will automatically receive a total of 20 downloadable content drops for Modern Warfare 3. A third piece will hit in February, with a fourth and fifth launching in March.
But if they're not all maps, what are they?
Developers promise new Spec Ops missions and, more vaguely, new "game modes." Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling couldn't give us any extra details on the latter, but when asked if the Spec Ops missions would take place only in familiar Modern Warfare 3 environments, he teased: "We want to do a variety. We really didn't set any restrictions. We told the teams, 'Just do whatever you think is fun. If you want to tie into the story and characters, do it. If you want to do something completely unique – a location we've never seen – as long as it fits into the Modern Warfare universe, then it's fair game.'"
And yes, fanboys, Xbox Live users will get all of this content first – though not exclusively. PS3 and PC Elite owners will catch up at a currently undefined “later time” while everyone, including those who are not Elite premium members, can purchase the DLC in collections along the way. The first of those is scheduled for March, though again, Xbox 360 players get first crack.
Will you be upgrading to Call of Duty Elite premium for content like this? How do you feel about 360 getting the DLC first? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and for more information on the two maps revealed so far - including expert strategy tips from Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling - head here.