Activision announced the Xbox Live release the latest Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC pack, Supremacy, on June 2.
Supremacy, Advanced Warfare’s third DLC expansion, features four exciting new multiplayer maps that take players across the globe fighting and strategizing in a few of the world’s most historic locations.
While the backdrops of these maps are stunning, the focus is not on sightseeing. The varied map designs of this pack force players into intense, exciting gameplay.
“Set against iconic landmarks, Supremacy takes players across the world in some of our most exciting maps to date. New and exciting vertical routes give players unique ways to dominate the battle through both the exo movement set and the new Exo Grapple ability,” said Michael Condrey, Co-Founder and Studio Head, Sledgehammer Games.
Activision supplied a detailed description of the new maps with the Supremacy reveal. Avid Call of Duty fans have had free reign of the maps for a month, and many have found that Activision painted an accurate picture of the new DLC.
“Parliament: Docked on the River Thames, this military cargo ship delivers a view of the London cityscape along with a fast-paced combat experience. Mixed site-lines provide opportunities for all styles of play to dominate this medium-sized map. Players can take control of the map-based score streak to unleash a barrage of missiles that annihilate enemies.”
This is the standout of the four new maps. From the gameplay featured in the DLC reveal trailer, Parliament appeared to be a map suited for all different types of players, incorporating both vertical and horizontal gameplay.
A month’s worth of actual gameplay backs up that assumption, as Parliament is a very well blended map. The map is organized into several hotspot zones, two large areas and a few smaller ones. These zones are where most of the action takes place. While any game mode is exciting on this map, Hardpoint is the most riveting experience. Players must incorporate strong exo movement skills to maneuver the carrier structure to attack and defend crucial locations.
“Kremlin: Gamers must prepare for intense combat outside Russia’s presidential palace in the new map Kremlin, as they navigate the worn-torn buildings of Red Square in this medium-sized, three-lane map. Secure elevated positions to give the team a strategic advantage, or use exoskeleton capabilities to avoid being caught in the minefield that activates mid-match.”
This map is set in Moscow and is vibrant and full of color. The mid-match activation of the minefield as seen in the reveal trailer was expected to prove very formidable, forcing players to maneuver around the danger zone and exhibit superior exo movement and ability techniques.
Kremlin has a very prominent center that has multi-level views on either side. This map also features two machine guns overlooking the central hotspot. These machine guns can be very useful, especially in game modes like Domination, where opposing players will push into the center of the map to take control. Snipers, however, easily guard these machine gun spots, and players who wish to use this signature feature of the map are very vulnerable.
“Compound: Players take combat preparation to the limit in an Atlas training facility hidden away in the Colorado wilderness, as they’ll have to be quick on the trigger in this small, symmetrical map, which funnels high-speed combat through tight corners to the main tower structures.”
Compound looks to provide a unique style of multiplayer gameplay. In the DLC reveal, an overhead voice guides players through the close quarters training facility and into highly contested areas.
Truly a close-quarters map, Compound can be tricky to maneuver. There are human targets painted on the walls, which can fool players into giving away their position. The map feels like a maze at times due to the wall and window positioning within the training facility. Shotgun and SMG players dominate Compound, and there are not a lot of opportunities for camping in this fast-paced map.
“Skyrise: Players deploy to an Atlas Skyscraper overlooking the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Based on the fan-favorite, Highrise, from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Infinity Ward, this map brings new exoskeleton mechanics to the classic multiplayer layout. Gamers must dominate the power positions in the center of this small-to-medium sized map to control the key navigation points.”
Skyrise is the second remade map brought to Advanced Warfare following Atlas Gorge. Fans have looked forward to this remake since Modern Warfare 3. Now it is back with added adjustments for the vertical gameplay of Advanced Warfare. Because this is a remade map, Skyrise was expected to have a different feel than other maps original to Advanced Warfare, with exo abilities unlocking the full potential of this classic map.
Like Kremlin, Skyrise features a large central area between two buildings. This large kill zone is separated into several smaller areas with heights and directions that vary. The construction of this map lends itself to sniping gameplay, but there are not many wide-open spaces. Players who are clever and quick on their feet can easily avoid being picked off by snipers.
All four of these exciting new maps are also available in the Exo Grapple Playlist.
In addition to the new multiplayer maps, the Supremacy DLC features a continuation of the epic Exo Zombies saga. Activision announced Exo Zombies Part 3: Carrier would introduce advanced weaponry, devastating traps, and enemy Atlas Strike Teams to assault players alongside never before seen Exo Zombies enemies.
As seen in the Supremacy reveal trailer, Oz, the character voiced by John Malkovich, is shot in the head by a newcomer. In this third installment of the saga, a new playable character, Lennox, is added to the already sparkling cast, voiced by Bruce Campbell. Bruce Campbell enters the Exo Zombies scene alongside Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal.
Campbell is a pop culture icon, made famous by his role as Ash Williams in the Evil Dead series. “We’re huge fans of Bruce Campbell, and to be able to add him to the already great roster of performers in Exo Zombies takes this to a new level,” said Glen Schofield, Co-Founder and Studio head, Sledgehammer Games.
Lennox replaces Oz as a playable character, explaining during the intro cinematic that each member of the group carries whatever pathogen caused the zombie outbreak.
At the beginning of this Exo Zombies map, the four members of the group are separated, and players are faced with the challenge of killing enough zombies to earn the money necessary to open a few doors and regroup. The rest of the map plays similarly to previous installments of the Exo Zombies saga, with the added twists of enemy Atlas troops and bombs that need to be disarmed.
Though much of the gameplay of this map feels familiar, the layout of this one makes it more fun than any of the previous installments. Everything in this map is accessible; it’s easy to find other members of the group and cure zones. There are also many spots that lend themselves to group defensive maneuvers and emergency escape routes.
Advanced Warfare’s Supremacy DLC is a treat for all types of players, veteran or newbie. This fun new DLC pack implements subtleties that amp up the competitive and cooperative nature of the game and display Sledgehammer’s ability to innovate. Supremacy is the third of four DLC packs for Advanced Warfare, and it leaves players excited and anticipating the next and final DLC release later this summer.