Everything You Need to Know About Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Awakening

Learn all about the four new maps and new Zombies adventure, now available on PS4.

by Scott Lowe on February 02, 2016

It’s time—Awakening*, the first DLC map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 has arrived on PlayStation 4, bringing with it new multiplayer maps and the next chapter in Treyarch’s Zombies saga. Whether you’re climbing up the ranks in multiplayer or fighting the undead hordes in Der Eisendrache, Awakening has something for everyone. Learn about all things Awakening in our comprehensive guide:

Four New Multiplayer Maps

For those that spend their days dominating in multiplayer, Awakening introduces four new maps, including three all-new maps and a reimagining of a classic fan-favorite from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.


High above urban Zurich, Skyjacked is a modernized version of the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer map Hijacked. Utilizing the new core movement system featured in Black Ops 3, this map gives players new ways to explore the environment, while still retaining the same fast and frenetic gameplay players love.



Dive into battle in this abandoned water park, featuring a vibrant and colorful environment, including waterslides, a wrecked pirate ship and a lazy river. Splash encourages an open flow of combat with opportunities for underwater gameplay.



Delivering three unique environments within one action-packed map, Gauntlet showcases Treyarch’s classic three-lane map structure, transporting players into battle through a sprawling jungle, sub-zero artic zone and rainy urban cityscape.



A versatile multiplayer map, Rise is set in the snowy outskirts of Zurich in the middle of an ongoing construction site for a massive subterranean Coalescence research campus.  With multiple engagement areas throughout this larger map, each section caters to different styles of gameplay.



A New Zombies Experience

Awakening also continues Treyarch’s Zombies adventure with Der Eisendrache. Picking up where players left off in The Giant bonus map, Der Eisendrache follows Origin characters Richtofen, Nikolai, Takeo, and Dempsey as they find themselves at a medieval Austrian castle during World War II. As they unravel the secrets of the ancient site and the unspeakable horrors that occurred there, players will have to survive waves of the undead. Check out the debut gameplay trailer below:

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Awakening is now available on PlayStation 4. For more information, check out CallofDuty.com and stay tuned to the Activision Games Blog. You can also stay in the loop by following @CallofDuty, @Activision, and the developers @Treyarch on Twitter or by finding Call of Duty on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


*Awakening DLC content not available on PS3 or Xbox 360. Game sold separately and is required to play this downloadable content pack.