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Another Map Pack for Killzone 3

That's two in four days after release.
Author: Scott Rodgers
Published: February 25, 2011
I'll admit, I have been playing a ton of Killzone 3's multiplayer. I have a great group of online buddies to hop on with so I'm not subjected to pubbie torture too often. After hearing Sam rant and rave about how great the game was my expectations were pretty high, and for the most part the game has totally met them (I have played about 10 minutes of the single player campaign, though).

One thing that did annoy me a bit, however, was the Retro Map Pack. This was a special DLC of two Killzone 2 maps that you got for pre-ordering at any of the major retailers. After getting home and queuing up the download I was kind of surprised to find that it was a couple hundred MB, as opposed to the industry standard "32 KB" or so unlock for what's already on the disc. So I gave Guerrilla a free pass.

Then yesterday, on their blog, Guerrilla Games announced a second batch of maps. This is the second round of DLC for a game that has been out here in the States for all of four days. The first one, if you didn't pre-order, will run you $4.99 (unless you can find a nice enough associate at Gamestop/Best Buy to give you a code). Either way, here are some details on the two new maps,

Game Type: Guerrilla Warfare (16 players)
The junkyards of Helghan are a wasteland to some, but a valuable resource to others. In the main junk processing facility of Helghan, ISA and Helghast Forces are clashing in an attempt to salvage vehicles and supplies for their war effort. Jetpacks are the key to taking the high ground, but the huge Exoskeletons can quickly turn the tide of the battle on the ground.

Game Type: Warzone (24 Players)
As the Helghast write a new and appalling chapter on humanoid experimentation, beleaguered ISA Forces mount a desperate attack on the notorious Stahl Arms research facility, where they hope to free ISA soldiers who have been taken captive. Stahlís Helghast forces will stop at nothing to ensure that the ISA attack fails, even if it means exterminating the very prisoners they need for their weapons research.

I'll admit, they sound really cool. Exos against jetpacks sounds like a blast. I just hate that my group (and the online community as a whole) is going to be fractured into four sections already: those with no DLC, those with the retro maps, those with the Steel Rain pack, and those with both. As we get more details on pricing and a date, we'll be sure to pass it along. Hopefully there won't be another pack announced before then.