Onslaught, the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC that had been presumably leaked, has now been officially announced by Infinity Ward, debuting four new multiplayer maps, the new Maverick assault rifle/sniper rifle, and the first installment of Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative Nightfall.
“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,” said Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Rubin. “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.”
The four classically-designed multiplayer maps for Onslaught include Fog, a small to medium sized map set alongside the banks of a murky lake. As a homage to classic horror films, the map includes features such as an eerie campsite, flickering TVs, a torture chamber, and seemingly abandoned structures as players try to unlock the map’s dark secret. It was revealed that if a player finds and completes a specific Field Order, they can become the embodiment of evil and don the persona of Halloween’s Michael Myers. In addition, the sounds will change to the familiar Halloween Theme music to alert players when they need to “run for their lives.”
BayView is 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 also have to acknowledge the artillery strike enemies can call from a Naval Destroyer that is anchored just offshore.
Containment takes players to a war-torn Mexican village, where the battle occurs along both banks of the dried out riverbed. The action 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, the map also features elevated rooftop vantage points for players who prefer longer-range engagements.
Ignition, inspired by Modern Warfare 2 map Scrapyard, sends players into an aging Florida space launch facility. Containing both above and below ground areas, the map holds abandoned warehouses, flame trenches, and a massive transport crawler. The close-quarter combat becomes a massive battle between two rocket test engine sites that opposing forces can trigger, sending fireballs into the occurring firefights.
Onslaught also includes the brand new weapon, the Maverick, a dual-purpose assault rifle or sniper rifle that players can choose how to use depending on their tactical needs. Outfitted with a lightweight wood stock, this weapon can be selected in either the Assault or 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 comes attached with an advanced scope and a semi-auto rate of fire.
Nightfall, the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, introduces two new characters, and features two all-new alien species as well as an exclusive weapon. Nightfall is a continuation of the original Extinction. 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 horde of savage creatures, and along the way uncover a three-story tall terror unlike anything they’ve faced before.
Onslaught will be available for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 first on January 28th, and while no further release date has been revealed for PS3 and PS4 players, Call of Duty DLC usually follows about a month later (this is just an assumption).