Eclipse, the second downloadable content (DLC) pack for Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III, is now available. Like its predecessor, Awakening, the DLC pack is initially available to PlayStation 4 users only due to Sony’s exclusivity deal with Activision (it was announced at E3 2015). Xbox One and PC users are scheduled to get their taste of the second DLC pack a month after the initial PS4 release, barring any setbacks.
The Eclipse DLC pack contains new multiplayer maps, highlighted by a remake of the popular Bonzai map from Call of Duty: World at War. In case you didn’t know, World at War is technically the very first game in the Black Ops storyline. The remade map, Verge, is described as “a distant post-apocalyptic future, where two warring factions are entrenched in constant battle”. Verge is joined by three other new maps: Spire, Rift, and Knockout.
Aside from the new maps, Eclipse also contains a new Zombies chapter called Zetsubou No Shima. The chapter serves as the continuation of the storyline in previous games and finds Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen stranded in an island somewhere in the Pacific. The island unsurprisingly hosts a zombie breeding ground a.k.a. a research laboratory with questionable experiments.
Eclipse will be followed by two more unannounced DLC packs, which will once again arrive on the laps of PlayStation 4 users first, unless the Sony-Activision exclusivity deal somehow gets broken up. Purchasing the Eclipse DLC pack as a standalone will cost $15. It also comes with the Black Ops III DLC pass, which is tagged with a $50 price.
Post-release DLC packs have now become a staple in the video game industry. Releasing additional content from time to time allows a game to stay relevant in a highly competitive market. Although the money-grab practice does have its fair share of detractors who are always armed with the question “Why the hell didn’t they include that in the first place”, consumers have proven that they are very much willing to shell out extra money to add a new experience to their games.