Activision has finally pulled back the curtain for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s third downloadable content pack. The new DLC, dubbed “Descent”, will feature new multiplayer maps, a new zombies experience, and even new weapons for players to try out.

Black Ops 3 Descent DLC

Descent includes three brand new multiplayer maps and one remake of a popular Black Ops 2 map.

These are:

  • Empire
  • Cryogen
  • Berserk
  • Rumble

Empire was teased via social media by Activision with a series of images showing a stunning, re-imagined version of Raid – one of the fan-favorite maps from BO2.

It’s likely that a multiplayer trailer will be released for Descent within the next few days to show off the new maps that are coming with the content. If and when a new video is put out, we’ll post it here for all to see.

Black Ops 3 Descent DLC

Release Date

The Descent DLC pack will be made available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 first on the Playstation 4. The official release date is Tuesday, July 12th. The Xbox One and PC versions of the content will likely be released about a month after that.

There has been no official statement regarding whether or not this DLC will make its way to last-gen platforms. As of right now it’s probably safe to assume that Descent won’t be available on the PS3 or Xbox 360 anytime soon, if ever.

We will keep you posted and let you know if Treyarch or Activision provide any official word on release dates for Xbox One and PC.

New Maps

Maps are probably the biggest reason anyone purchases DLC for any Call of Duty title. Descent was definitely made to reel you in for a purchase. Treyarch has recreated Raid, one of the franchise’s most popular maps, and bundled it with 3 other multiplayer levels.

Empire is a gorgeous and interesting-looking Raid remake.

Black Ops 3 Raid Remake

Cryogen is set off the coast of the Dead Sea.

Berserk throws players smack into the middle of a Viking-inspired village.

Finally, Rumble, perhaps the oddest addition, is set in a robot combat arena where people watch robotic beings beat each other down.

New Zombies Content

Mainly play CoD for the zombies mode? Well, you know Treyarch isn’t about to leave you hanging. Along with new multiplayer content, players will also gain access to a brand new zombies experience with the Descent DLC.

Below is the official announcement trailer that was released for the Descent DLC pack. It only shows off cinematic clips from the upcoming Gorod Krovi zombies map that’s included with the DLC, but it’s still worth watching.

The new content features a map that takes place in a war-stricken Stalingrad. The Origins characters are thrown into this directly after making their great escape from the treacherous Zetsubou No Shima. Here they will face off against even more sinister and dangerous foes.

Also, apparently there were epic battles in this place where gigantic robots and dragons sparred. Yes, dragons and robots.

New Weapons

Black Ops 3 has become a powerhouse when it comes to inserting new weapons into the game. We first saw this happen when the Peacekeeper was introduced via DLC into Black Ops 2. BO3 has taken that practice to a whole new level, though. Many players have a strong distaste for the new way that Treyarch is dishing out guns – via supply drops that require Cryptokeys or CoD Points to get.

Nevertheless, it’s been stated that we will be seeing new weapons coming to BO3 with the launch of the Descent DLC. No details have been provided about the exact guns we’ll get, though. Based on what we’ve seen so far it could literally be anything from a new sniper rifle to a javelin.

Treyarch has introduced a number of new weapons including crossbows, baseball bats, shotgun-pistols, and even swords. This mixed bag of weaponry has received both praise and criticism.