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Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Detailed, Check Out the New Maps in Action

January 13, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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After weeks of rumors, Activision has now confirmed that Onslaught, the first DLC pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts, will be released on January 28th for Xbox platforms. If Ghosts follows the same pattern as Black Ops 2, we should expect Onslaught to arrive on PS3 and PS4 Thursday, February 27th.

Giving you a rundown of the new Maverick dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle, Episode 1: Nightfall Extinction experience, and four new “small to medium scale” maps, here’s the Onslaught preview:

If you prefer things in written form, here’s the description of each piece of content within Onslaught from Infinity Ward:

New Maps

Fog

  • Set alongside the banks of a murky lake, every area within Fog is a chilling homage to classic horror films, from an eerie campsite, flickering TVs, torture chamber, and seemingly abandoned structures as players try to unlock the map’s dark secret.  If a player happens to find and complete a specific Field Order, they become the embodiment of evil and don the persona of one of cinema’s most iconic horror characters, Michael Myers. Additionally, the entire soundscape changes to the eerily familiar Halloween theme music so other players know to run for their lives.

BayView

  • A close-quarters map set on a coastal Californian boardwalk packed with seaside gift stores and an aquarium, offering players fast-paced run-and-gun matches. Players must also be wary of the deadly artillery strike enemies can call-in from a Naval Destroyer anchored just offshore.

Containment

  • Transports you to a war-torn Mexican village, where the battle rages along both banks of the dried out riverbed.  The action in this compact map centers on the remains of a small bridge holding a hi-jacked truck filled with leaking radioactive material. Surrounded by a myriad of abandoned bars, cafes, a church and a pool hall, Containment also features elevated rooftop vantage points for players who prefer longer-range engagements.

Ignition

  • Launches you into an aging Florida space launch facility. Inspired by Scrapyard – the fan-favorite multiplayer map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, reimagined with dynamic gameplay elements – Ignition packs plenty of action both above and below ground amongst abandoned warehouses, flame trenches, and a massive transport crawler. As if rockets crash-landing into the map weren’t enough, the close-quarters combat is further complicated via two separate rocket test engines sites that opposing forces can trigger, sending massive fireballs into the already intense firefights, and the failed launch of a massive rocket has a dramatic effect on the combat.

New Weapon

Maverick

  • A dual-purpose Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle that you can choose how to use depending on your tactical needs – a first for Call of Duty.  Outfitted with a lightweight wood stock this weapon can be selected in either the Assault or the Sniper Rifle class. As an Assault Rifle the weapon’s fire rate becomes fully-automatic with high damage at a decent range, and as a Sniper Rifle the Maverick sports an advanced scope and a semi-auto rate of fire.

New Extinction Content

Episode 1: Nightfall

  • Introducing a narrative driven by two new characters, and featuring two all-new alien species and an exclusive weapon, Episode 1: Nightfall is a fast and frenetic, action-packed continuation of the original Extinction experience in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Set in a remote facility hidden deep within the Alaskan wilderness, the shadowy Nightfall Program has been researching the origins of the newly revealed alien threat. A small recon team of elite soldiers must infiltrate the site to retrieve intel and exterminate the hordes of savage creatures, and along the way uncover a three-story tall terror unlike anything they’ve faced before.

Mark Rubin, Executive Producer at Infinity Ward, spoke about Onslaught:

We know our fans have an appetite for new gameplay content all year long, and the team here is committed to delivering a full season’s worth of amazing new maps, weapons and more, starting with Onslaught in January. This year will see an assortment of content for players to dig into, with new, uniquely themed maps, new multiplayer weapons, and an episodic Extinction story arc that introduces new characters, new locations, and new weapons as they try to uncover the genesis of the aliens’ existence.

Onslaught will be sold on its own for $14.99, with Season Pass holders getting to download the content for free on release day.

Once a confirmed release date for Onslaught on PS3 and PS4 is announced, we’ll let you know.

Will you be buying this first Call of Duty: Ghosts map pack? Let us know in the comments below.