Sony locked in an exclusive 30 day early access to all Black Ops 3 DLC maps for the PS4, which is why we are taking a look at what PlayStation 4 owners need to know.
Part of the Awakening DLC is a new Black Ops 3 1.05 update that is required to play the game and that is quite large.
We already know that the PS4 Awakening Black Ops 3 release date is February 2nd, at least 30 days before four new maps and one new zombies experience comes to the Xbox One and PC.
What you need to know about the PS4 Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC and Season Pass.
This guide will walk you through the important details that are otherwise tough to find, and important warnings about buying the Awakening DLC compared to buying the Season Pass.
PS4 Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC Release Time
The PS4 Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC release date is February 2nd, but the time that you can actually start playing is somewhat odd.
On the PlayStation Store we see an individual listing for the PS4 Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC map pack that shows us when we can play the new maps.
The PS4 Black Ops 3 DLC release time is in the middle of the night.
The PS4 Black Ops 3 DLC release time is 1 AM Pacific / 4 AM Eastern on February 2nd according to Sony, but Activision shares a different story.
“The patch is expected to be released midday Pacific time on 02/02/2016. The Awakening DLC pack will be available on this date exclusively on PlayStation 4″
This is an important shift as many games are available at 9:01 PM Pacific / 12:01 AM Eastern digitally.
The important Black Ops 3 update is already live, and includes the new maps, so you can download it now. With this change there is no need for a Black Ops 3 DLC pre-load.
PS4 Black Ops 3 DLC Playlist Details
Activision confirmed that there will be a dedicated Black OPs 3 DLC playlist for the four new Awakening maps. David Vonderhaar confirmed that there is likely a dedicated playlist, but that won’t be the only place you can play.
That is likely the playlist Activision mentioned, but it is not the only place to play. Vonderhaar confirmed that the Awakening Black Ops 3 maps will be in all playlists and the frequency will be increased. This includes the new Awakening Maps in hardcore playlists.
PS4 Black Ops 3 DLC Deals and Price
There are two options to buy the PS4 Black Ops 3 DLC at this time. You can buy the individual Awakening Map Pack for $14.99 digitally on the PlayStation Store.
You can buy the Awakening Black Ops 3 DLC, or you can buy the Season Pass, but you shouldn’t try to buy both.
There is also a PS4 Black Ops 3 Season Pass that is $49.99 and includes four Black Ops 3 DLC map packs. This is a savings of $10 over buying each map pack individually.
So far there are not many Black Ops 3 Season Pass deals and no deals on the individual Black OPs 3 Awakening DLC. Don’t expect to see many deals until the next map pack arrives.
PS4 Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC Size
The PSN Store shows a placeholder size of under 20MB for the PS4 Black Ops 3 DLC in the Awakening Map Pack.
What’s new in the February Black Ops 3 update.
Activision confirms that the combined PS4 Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC size, with the patch, is 9.1GB to 9.34GB.
In short, make sure you have enough room on your PS4 for the DLC, or you may find yourself deleting items in a hurry. You should also make sure you set aside time to download it.
What’s In the Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC
We know what is included in the Black Ops 3 Awakening DLC, and there is a rumor that one small surprise is waiting for users when it does arrive.
On all consoles there are four new Black Ops 3 maps for multiplayer and there is a new Black Ops 3 Zombies experience called Der Eisendrache, which takes us back to the original cast.