Everything You Need to Know About Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Havoc DLC

Learn more about the pack’s four new maps, Exo Zombies, and more.

by Scott Lowe on January 16, 2015

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Havoc DLC is now available, introducing new multiplayer maps, a new weapon, and the first installment of a new zombies experience, Exo Zombies. To get you up to speed on Havoc, we’ve gathered all of the most critical intel about the new content.


Four New Multiplayer Maps

To kick things off, Havoc will include four new multiplayer maps, which join Advanced Warfare’s 13 existing maps, as well as Atlas Gorge — the bonus map available to Season Pass and special edition owners. The four new maps are called Core, Urban, Sideshow, and Drift, and feature new distinctive environments with layouts conducive to a variety of play styles.


Set amidst the remains of a destroyed nuclear fusion plant in the Gobi desert, Core features a traditional three-lane layout and a central rallying point where players can come to blows in close-quarters combat. A new map-based scorestreak will unleash a series of autonomous decontamination drones that seek out and neutralize enemies.


Those who like fast, frenetic firefights will want to check out Urban, which throws teams and players into Dallas Ward 3—a futuristic mega structure with tight corridors ideal for close-range weapons. Pathways shift as the structure goes into lockdown, opening new strategic routes and keeping bunkered enemies on their toes.


Long-range players are likely to favor Sideshow, offering a more open exterior environment with plenty of elevated vantages and rooftops. A clown-themed inn near Devil’s Tower in Wyoming acts as an eerie backdrop, complete with circus-style décor. During a match, a giant neon clown on the inn’s marquee will lift his hat and scatters bombs around the map, which players can pick up and throw.


Rounding off the new lineup of maps is Drift, a snow-covered ski resort in the Rocky Mountains ideal for both long-range and close-quarters play. Lock down a rotating carousel at the center of the map to deflect enemies coming through several of the map’s pathways or take up one of several overwatch positions to get the jump on your enemies. Don’t linger for too long though, as an avalanche map event can suddenly occur.

A New Breed of Zombies

Building upon the in-game Easter egg players uncovered in Advanced Warfare’s Exo Survival mode, Havoc will mark the debut of a new take on the Call of Duty zombies experience — Exo Zombies. With its own unique story and challenging new encounters, players will band together and take the roles of four Atlas employees to battle mutant hordes infected by a DNA bioweapon.

Although players will be able to leverage Advanced Warfare’s exoskeleton and futuristic arsenal to survive, including the new CEL-3 Cauterizer energy shotgun, their mutant enemies will also be well-equipped, using rapid boost jumps and lunges to attack.


The AE4 Bonus Weapon

While Season Pass owners on Xbox platforms got early access in December, those Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners who pick up Havoc on January 27 will unlock a new bonus weapon — the AE4 directed energy assault rifle. The AE4 combines the mobility and rapid fire of an assault rifle with the unlimited firing capacity of Advanced Warfare’s directed energy weapons. In essence, the AE4 makes running out of ammo and reloads a thing of the past — just make sure it doesn’t overheat to avoid a brief cool down period.


When and How to Get It

The Havoc DLC pack for Advanced Warfare is available now for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and will release on February 26 for PSN and PC. Havoc is available as a standalone pack or as part of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, which includes all four DLC packs for one low price. For more, check out CallofDuty.com.