First Call of Duty: WWII Map Pack Coming to Xbox One on March 1

Posted on February 25, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Windows 10, Xbox One with 6 Comments

Call of Duty: WWII gamers on PlayStation 4 have been enjoying The Resistance, the game’s first DLC pack, for almost a month. But those on Xbox One—and PC—will finally get the new maps this coming week.

As you may know, Call of Duty: WWII was the best-selling video game of 2017, continue a decade-long streak for the franchise. But it’s also a stunningly good game, which couldn’t be said of a few recent entries.(I’m looking at you, Infinite Warfare.)

Which makes Activision’s policy of shipping DLC—downloadable content, or what I think of as “map packs”—first on PS4 a bit onerous to those not using Sony’s console. It’s bad enough that PS4 gamers get DLC first. But they also get each drop at least 30 days before gamers on Xbox One and PC.

It wasn’t always this way. For many years, Activision shipped new COD DLC first on Xbox. But in 2015, Sony announced that Activision had switched allegiances. So for the past three releases—Black Ops III, Infinite Warfare(which also included Modern Warfare Remastered), and now WWII—PS4 has received COD DLC first. And Xbox gamers like me have been second-class COD citizens ever since.

I’ve considered switching to PS4 literally for this reason. It kind of sucks having to wait on DLC when this additional content, which is released over the year after each new COD title, is what keeps the game fresh over time. I pretty much stick with the multiplayer experience, so each new map is a huge bonus. But I’ve stuck with Xbox. And I’ve had to wait, in turn, for each DLC drop for each game.

The Resistance, as this first DLC drop is called, will cost $15, but gamers can also purchase the Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass for $50 and get all four of the expected DLC drops for less. (I always buy the Season Pass.) It includes just three new multiplayer maps, plus one new War Mode map and a new chapter in the Zombie mode called The Darkest Shore.

As for the multiplayer maps, we’re getting these three, all centered on the theme of resistance:

Anthropoid. Set in Prague during Operation Anthropoid, a successful attempt to assassinate some of Hitler’s top underlings, this map

Occupation. A remake of the classic map Resistance from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, this one takes place in Paris during the Nazi occupation, and it’s the one I’m looking forward to the most.

Valkyrie. This map is set at the Wolf’s Lair, a series of bunkers where a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler occurred.

Just four more days. Four. More. F’ing. Days.


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6 responses to “First Call of Duty: WWII Map Pack Coming to Xbox One on March 1”

  1. rameshthanikodi

    I don't think yearly video game sales are a good metric to judge how popular a game is right now. Only games with annual releases benefit from that judgement. But most games don't have annual releases. Some games like GTA operate on a much longer lifespan with constant content drips instead of asking the playerbase to buy a new installment of the game every year.

    • irfaanwahid

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      Like Halo, Destiny and yes, GTA. The game I am eagerly waiting for is Driver.. I love Driver series, with an exception of Driver 3. Not sure why Ubisoft takes really long to release Driver games.

  2. irfaanwahid

    I admire your love and passion for COD games.. I am more inclined towards Battlefield, and BF1 being my favorite thus far. BF1 sort of brought emotional element instead of just shoot shoot and kill. I will be soon purchasing COD WW2 I am done with Destiny 2.

    • Stooks

      In reply to irfaanwahid:

      If you like BF1 DONT buy COD WW2. Seriously it is that bad if you are a BF player. I did and in 10min I tried to return the game. The first game I have ever tried to return on Xbox and of course I found out you can't.

      Everything about a COD in comparison to BF games is worse. Graphics/animation, lack of destruction, tiny twitch style maps, insane perk system and worst of all the people on Xbox Live that play COD.

      I watched the video, it is funny that they show people using a sniper rifles. Basically worthless on these tiny maps, unless of course you love the ultra realistic quick scoping that comes with this twitch style of game play.

      • irfaanwahid

        In reply to Stooks:

        I was a fan of COD games back in the days, but somehow due to same tried and tested formula with subtle changes in every change, I got tired of the franchise hence stopped buying. Since I like WW era I though COD WW2 will be better than their more futuristic games.

  3. RM

    I have wanted to play COD games, but there are plenty of shooters on Xbox One. So, I will continue to wait until Activision gets its act together. Maybe I will fortnight a try next!