Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC on Xbox: April 3

The Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC, which includes the Kraken, goes live April 3. As expected, it's exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for a while.

Call of Duty Ghosts: Devastation
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Activision is getting creative with the Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC, the next round of Ghosts content. Set to ship on April 3, the Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC includes the Kraken. Yes, the Kraken — the big octopus-looking creature from the briney depths and of Pirates of the Caribbean fame. Well, sort of.

Call of Duty Ghosts has seen its share of unrealistic twists — zombies, aliens, etc. — so it’s not fair to say the Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC jumps the shark. Although that would be a great pun to make. Fortunately, although it sounds odd to hear that the Kraken is making an appearance, the massive creature is actually just a name given to a boss creature from the Cryptid alien race, so it’s all good.

As is standard with Call of Duty games, the Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC will be available first on Xbox One and Xbox 360. PS4 and PC owners will need to wait to get their hands on it, likely for six to eight weeks.

The Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC is the second of four massive COD Ghosts DLC packs, set to launch on April 3 on Xbox Live for both Xbox One and Xbox 360, the Devastation DLC features four new small- to medium-sized multiplayer maps, including a mountaintop Mayan temple, a mangled container ship, a giant excavation digger in South America and a reimagined version of the “Dome” map from COD Modern Warfare 3. Each of the maps in the Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC comes with its own unique Field Order.

There’s also the all-new “Ripper” tactical 2-in-1 weapon, and “Episode 2: Mayday,” the second chapter in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative. This second chapter includes multiple moddable versions of the Venom-X weapon and closes with a battle against a 100-foot tall Cryptid alien boss named the Kraken.

Devastation is available a la carte for $14.99 or as part of the $49.99 Call of Duty Ghosts DLC Season Pass, which gives fans access to four epic Call of Duty Ghosts DLC Packs planned to release throughout 2014.

The Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC delivers four distinctive new maps, each with its own surprises. The first map, “Ruins,” is located on a Mexican peninsula and set amidst the remnants of a mountaintop Mayan temple, with multiple levels providing verticality for longer-range weapons, and underground pathways perfect for close-quarters encounters. Savvy players that find and complete the unique Field Order will be able to trigger the map’s volcano to erupt, and enjoy watching enemy players attempt to take cover as fiery debris fall from the sky.

The “Collision” map is a mangle of debris scattered atop a container ship pinned underneath a crippled bridge in New York. This small map is ideal for run-and-gun tactics. Players who dominate Collision and complete the map’s specific Field Order will be able take control of a heavily armed aircraft and rain down destruction from above.

Behemoth” takes the battle aboard a massive excavation platform in South America. Long sight lines open this map up to longer-range weapons, while the compact interiors of the control rooms are ideal for SMG’s and Shotguns. Completing Behemoth’s Field Order will allow players to control an attack helicopter armed with a deadly, armor-piercing Rail Gun as it circles the excavator searching for enemy combatants.

Devastation’s fourth map, “Unearthed,” drops players into a reimagined version of “Dome,” the fan-favorite multiplayer map from COD Modern Warfare 3. With a new look and all-new secrets, Unearthed is a compact map for all player types, who must navigate an alien artifact dig site in order to unlock the map’s Field Order and unleash the power of the Cryptids, as well as locate the map’s secret alien weapon.

COD Ghosts Devastation also arms players with the “Ripper,” a new, tactical 2-in-1 SMG/Assault Rifle that can be used in all of Ghosts’ multiplayer maps. The Ripper is a highly unique weapon because of its ability to quickly switch back and forth from SMG to Assault Rifle on the fly. A deadly addition to Ghosts’ arsenal, the Ripper is the ideal companion across a variety of map types and tactics, providing players unprecedented flexibility with medium to short-range capability as an SMG, and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle.

For Extinction fans, Episode 2: Mayday, highlights the Call of Duty Ghosts Devastation DLC pack. Following the dramatic events that took place deep within the Alaskan wilderness at the Nightfall Program research facility, the Quick Reaction Force team now heads onboard a mysterious Chinese research vessel drifting abandoned in the Tasman Sea in the South Pacific Ocean. Players will uncover a much deeper conspiracy as they pursue Captain Archer and discover what has become of Doctor Cross. Armed with multiple mod-able versions of the Venom-X weapon powered with Cryptid technology, players will come up against yet another new alien species referred to as the “Seeder,” as well as go head-to-head with a massive, 100-foot tall Cryptid enemy from the depths of the ocean — the Kraken.

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