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Incoming: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package DLC Hits PSN Tomorrow

Robert Bowling's Avatar + Posted by Robert Bowling on May 03, 2010 // Creative Strategist, Infinity Ward

Tomorrow, May 4th, will be an onslaught of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer goodness on the PlayStation Network!

First and foremost, the first downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 — The Stimulus Package — will hit the PSN Store for $14.99 and bring with it five new maps to the multiplayer of MW2. Included in those five new maps are two classic Call of Duty 4 maps that we all know and love, and three completely new locations that offer a variety of unique locations for your favorite gametypes. The Stimulus Package includes:

Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package for PS3

Bailout – An American apartment complex that is amazing for objective gametypes, especially Capture the Flag, but one of those maps that works well regardless of what type of game you’re playing it on. Its long sightlines — like sniping from a blown-out wall of a second-story apartment suite — give it some nice spots for long-range sniping but also has plenty of flanking routes through the bullet-riddled gym, hallways, lobbies, and interconnecting units.

Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package for PS3

Salvage – A snowy junkyard covered in debris, crushed cars, and my favorite aspect — no place to hide (well, maybe one, but hiding in the dog house isn’t going to win you the game). This aspect of beautiful but simplistic design is what makes Salvage my new favorite map for Hardcore Team Deathmatch; it forces you to rely on your speed, accuracy, and skill. It’s all about offensive, sorry campers! This map is about getting in and STAYING in the fight.

Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package for PS3


Storm – A rainy warehouse district on the outskirts of a looming thunderstorm with booming lightning and rolling thunder. A massive interconnected warehouse with overhead walkways and plenty of machinery for cover makes this great for big team games. With plenty of surrounding outdoors areas for flanking or cutting through the connected buildings, this is a map that benefits from two teams working together to control their area and lock down domination points. This map has a great atmosphere and always results in some insane HQ games.

Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package for PS3

Crash – A war-torn urban environment with a crashed helicopter surrounded by several great vantage points. Whether you’re taking pop shots from the three-story building overlooking the map, or covering the center objective point from the second story of the appropriately named “blue room” windows, Crash is the first fan-favorite map to make a return from Call of Duty 4, and is one those multiplayer locations that is perfectly balanced regardless of the gametype you throw on it. Team Deathmatch is king on Crash for me personally and we’ve maintained every cover, sniper vantage, and perfect ‘nade spot you’ve grown to love, but have also filled the map out with even more detail.

Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package for PS3

Overgrown – A massive and open village divided down the center by a dried-up creekbed. Overgrown is a snipers paradise with its high grass, super-long sightlines, and earns its cred as one of our largest multiplayer maps. It’s back by popular demand from the community, and was one of my personal favorite maps of all time from Call of Duty 4. It’s been updated with some new lightning and atmospheric changes, yet maintains its trademark flow and appeal for big team games.

When you jump online to enjoy the new maps, you’re also going to be greeted with a few new additions to the playlists structure in multiplayer. You’ll notice two new playlists added to the bottom of the list: Stimulus & Stimulus Hardcore. These two playlists will allow you to play your favorite gametypes on ONLY the new maps. That way you get to experience them as much as you like.

Stimulus – This playlist will include all gametypes for 8-12 players and rotating through ONLY the new Stimulus Maps.

Stimulus Hardcore – This playlist will include Hardcore Ricochet Team Deathmatch, Hardcore Ricochet HQ Pro, Hardcore Ricochet Search and Destroy for 8-12 players and rotating through ONLY the new Stimulus Maps.

While these two playlists are reserved for those who download The Stimulus Package, the same day we’ll also be introducing an all new playlist for ALL Modern Warfare 2 players.

Team Tactical – 6-8 Players playing small team based games with Team Deathmatch, Domination, Capture the Flag, and Demolition. (First Person viewpoint)

This playlist is being added by HUGE demand from the community on our forums, Twitter, and other messages you’ve sent in to us; in addition to another requested change of adding the Ranger maps (Terminal, Skidrow, Highrise, Invasion) to the HC HQ Pro playlist.

When I said onslaught, I MEANT onslaught!

That’s not even all. When all these updates hit tomorrow on May 4th, we’ll also be flipping the Double XP switch for the first time, ON ALL PLAYLISTS, FOR ALL PLAYERS! So when you jump online you’ll be earning twice as many XP for your kills and objectives to help you finish off that Prestige you’ve been working on or, for all you level 70s, the deciding factor to take the leap into the next Prestige.

Tomorrow is all about adding even more mileage to your Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, giving you all new locations to play, new playlists to play them on, and Double XP to make it all that much sweeter. I look forward to seeing all of you online!

You can follow official Modern Warfare 2 updates and news on Twitter by following @fourzerotwo.

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+ Philly_ant on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:37 am said:

$15 is expensive really for 3 new maps, y’all could’ve put a new gun or camo. on there too but im still buying it. CAN’T WAIT FOR CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS!!!


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+ rkenner on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:39 am said:

Stop complaining! You spent $60 on the game for what came on the disc. You knew that when you bought it. Extra content is just that extra. Next your going to be complaining that you cant pay for it with food stamps.


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+ Jeeves_Tremor on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:40 am said:

fourzerotwo?

On the PS blog?

Well i’ll be a monkey’s uncle.


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+ MainEv3nt_69 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:42 am said:

lol good job showing the 360 version in those pics


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+ adventfire on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:43 am said:

Hmm lets see, $15 for an overpriced collection of 3 new maps and 2 old ones or $15 towards preordering the new Medal of Honor that I hope kicks the $#!@ out of MW2?…….. I’ll take my chances with Medal of Honor. Activision should be punished for what theyve done to the people at IW. Call of Duty was never that great anyway until IW stepped it up with Modern Warfare but now Activision ruined any chance that MW3 will be any good or it might not even ever be released. *sigh* greedy bastards.


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+ speefreak01 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:43 am said:

What time do the updates happen?


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+ Liamario on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am said:

Rip off!!!


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+ Despiteful_ on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am said:

I admit I am going to buy the map pack, but I just hate the fact that it has been proven that the maps are on the disc, and yet Bowling and his lies will not admit it, he even ignored being warned of all the hex code hacks and now its impossible to stop, for all the bull that comes out of his mouth, first we are forced to wait over a month after xbox, and they make the price $15, what a joke


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+ falcon07elensar on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:44 am said:

LOL MW2


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+ imajinetion on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:46 am said:

Oh yeah. It IS the 360 version in the pictures. Wow, that is lazy.


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+ emiru69 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:46 am said:

Not buying anything from Activision since their homophobic advertisement. I am not going to buy any product from some company that includes racist, antisemitic or homophobic messages on their trailers. Activision should never let that trailer see the light. We, adult players complained about that constant insults online and what the responsable of this product do? Throw an advertisement to prove all that critics to the videogame world that they are right! We are just a bunch of agressive and inmature teenagers with no social skills, insulting and shooting each other. Way to go, I guess you get what you deserved right?


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+ Jack-Bauer-89 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:46 am said:

The amount of rage on these comments are lulzy


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+ jaferris on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:46 am said:

is this still coming out on weds for EU
i think is alot but then again been playing the multiplayer alot recently so could do with the new maps :)


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:17 pm said:

    Yep. May 5th for PSN in Europe.


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+ The_Claw on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:47 am said:

what a joke. they will take your money and laugh all the way to the bank. Are the bugs/hacks/glitches gonna get fixed now with all the extra resources? Will we get dedicated servers instead of laggy p2p? Didnt think so, so go F yourself bowling.


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+ edrikk on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:47 am said:

Let me be one of the first to ask for a DLC token! :) :)


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+ BlooodyCow on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:47 am said:

@54 MainEv3nt_69
you notice the xbox 360 controller d-pad button also I see :)
I expected nothing less from Robert Bowling.


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+ BananaFish on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

TOTAL RIPOFF. The ONLY stimulus to be found here is for Activision’s bottom line.


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+ StealthCre3pEr on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

Are you going to be giving out free tokens?


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+ Teamcool_5 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

theres no way this will sell like hot cakes, it will definitely sell i’ll give u that but think about the 1 big thing ps3 has over xbox on its dlc……..u can always game share lol


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+ TDC7367 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

After the months of playing the same maps on MW2, these new maps (old ones included) will make it like im playing a whole new version of MW2. It’s like paying $15 for a whole new game, so while you cheap skates are whining about 15 bucks, i’ll be downloading it and upping my K/D ratio while you wait, because YOU WILL eventually buy it or wait to pay $60 for Black ops in NOV.


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:20 pm said:

    Awesome. I’ll see you online this week then!


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+ Jebus1992 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 am said:

How long will double XP last for and why have u been so lazy and used the pics fom 360 in this blog post?


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+ xEN7xASSASSINx on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:49 am said:

do us UK players(i know this is the US blog) have to wait until the 5th? .. also do you guys have any plans to follow up the optic gaming sniper petetion? :) see you guys online!


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:22 pm said:

    I believe it was simply down to logistics preventing them from releasing at the same time in US and EU. The morning of May 5th was the earliest Sony EU could get them up.


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+ The_Claw on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:49 am said:

BC2 with 4 free maps….modem warfail 3 new maps 15 bucks…hmmmmm


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+ Mobius_124 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:50 am said:

1. those pics show the 360 version of the game

2.for $15 i can buy up to two games off the PSN

3.I aint buying s*** from Activision.


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+ kickmack on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:50 am said:

Nobody has commented yet….what time will the release become available? Is it like midnight eastern or sometime tomorrow morning….I have looked elsewhere online for an answer to no avail. Hope someone one here has the answer….thanks and can’t wait for the new maps and updates….


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+ FraserK97 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:50 am said:

Can’t wait! Can you play FFA on the new maps and is there Search and Destroy in Team Tactical?


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:28 pm said:

    FFA isn’t in the Stimulus Playlist or Stimulus Hardcore Playlist. However, once a large percentage of the userbase has the Stimulus Package, we plan to add the new maps to ALL playlists and rotations. On 360 that happened within the first 24 hours, so it shouldn’t be too long.

    Also, S&D is not in the First Person Team Tactical rotation, but I have plans to add it in there soon after its release!


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+ tenshin78 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:50 am said:

Modern Warfare aint got any money from me, never!
Tried MW from a friend and was all run and gun mindless.
Stick with Metal Gear Online!

And the price for 5 maps is really out of this world.


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+ Microshock on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:51 am said:

Yeah that’s the 360 version in the pictures. You knew that we would notice, didn’t you?


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+ tyjames48 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:51 am said:

15$ is way too much for a game that has so many problems. There should be a barebones playlist because of all the stupid perks people abuse. I swear if there were no perks this game would be great, nobody using commando to teleport and no kill streaks which would hinder camping a bit. But no, activision says they want to get mileage out of the game, for shame 402.


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+ reson8er on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 am said:

I wouldn’t mind paying $15.00 for these if we could get the marketing people who priced this to play the game so we “give back”.


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+ speefreak01 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 am said:

Are we going to be able to update at midnight or are we going to have to wait all day before we can down load these new maps like we waited for a month already isn’t that enough time already.


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+ thatkidmiguel on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:53 am said:

Is the Double XP just for tomorrow, or all this week??


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:29 pm said:

    Double XP will be going all week long, at least until Monday the 10th!


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+ DAdanasty on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:53 am said:

Cant wait for the dlc tomorrow. Also you mentioned on twitter that you’ll be giving out free DLC tokens.How would I get my hands on one of those tokens?


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+ Carl-G on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:54 am said:

If game companies make me wait for DLC just because Microsoft payed them then i won’t buy it[like GTA DLC i won't buy it]sorry.


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+ nas2344 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:54 am said:

yeah how long is the double XP? and are you going clean up some of these exploits people are using in game?


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:30 pm said:

    Double XP is all week, and along with the DLC, PSN users will be prompted to download the latest Title Update for MW2 on PSN with more updates planned.


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+ CourtRoom on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 am said:

Great! I absolutely love Crash and Overgrown (and the graphical improvements look awesome). Yes, it’s quite steep in price, but for people who love MW2, it’s a must buy. A question for 402 – PSN name? And will there be any more patches to fix some little things such as the Pavelow/Sentry Gun (not through care package) not counting towards your streak?


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm said:

    My PSN name is: fourzerotwoIW

    And yes, we fully plan to continue to support MW2, well after this DLC.

    Included in the patch you’ll download tomorrow will be the fix for the Pavelow Killstreak so it correctly counts towards your next killstreak, as well as a fix for Elevator glitches, and XP hacks among other things!


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+ chopsuey247 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 am said:

how long will the double xp be online??? is this goin be all week???


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+ Alex_dlc on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 am said:

so people in europe have to wait? and how many euros will this cost? if its 15 euros, thats 20 dollars!!


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+ The_Claw on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am said:

ya hand pick your replies bowling you p.o.s. why not answer the tough questions


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+ imajinetion on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am said:

@88, this hits EU on wednesday. That’s our new publishing day.


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+ Teamcool_5 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am said:

@77

MGO forever lol i wish they would make another expansion plus if they fixed the lag on the servers an gave ever1 runner 3, there would be no reason to buy any other shooter i mean TSNK pwns

nobodies commenting back bout the time it’ll drop cause of all the rage comments lol


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+ AYYYtacooooooooo on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am said:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bowling

lets go eat at the grilled cheese truck tomorrow afternoon!


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:10 pm said:

    Thank you good sir. Sounds delicious.


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+ MojoTed on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am said:

Robert, I know you play on Xbox, but do you have a PS3? If so, how do I go about finding you if I wanted to play a few rounds with you?


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+ RAFY-PK on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:56 am said:

Cant wait 4 it…..would it be hitting @ midnight ???


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:10 pm said:

    I don’t believe it goes up exactly at midnight, probably later, but I’m not aware of an exact time. Sorry.


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+ PinkSerendipity on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am said:

What’s the time frame for getting double XPs? Just for the release date? Or for the whole week until the weekend??


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+ SWAMMIE on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am said:

Yeah, I am still waiting on the details where one can get these imaginary “TOKENS” that I have been hearing about for 2 weeks. Where does one get one? A rapid reply would be nice since the DLC is TOMORROW? I can just see it now.. BUY IT TOMORROW.. THEN you give away the tokens to people who didn’t deserve it.


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+ Hawkeye0203 on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am said:

If so many of you have an issue with Activision, Mr Bowling, or anything else related to this game, why are you bothering to waste your time on commenting on this? For those of us that can look past some of the “fails” to just enjoy the game for what it is ( for all you haters, that would be a “game” ). $15 is kinda steep, but get a job and shut up.

Also, what *time* will all this be available, Robert?


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:11 pm said:

    Regretfully I don’t have an exact time, but it should be early tomorrow. Just don’t expect exactly at midnight or anything.


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+ DAdanasty on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am said:

Cant wait for the dlc tomorrow. Also you mentioned on twitter that you’ll be giving out free DLC tokens.How would I get my hands on one of those tokens?


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+ aclockworkgeorge on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am said:

are we getting double XP for the entire week like the 360 had?

and please tell me that theres a possibility of IW tweaking/changing the one man amy problem and commando.


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    + Robert Bowling on May 3rd, 2010 at 2:12 pm said:

    Double XP is all week long on ALL playlists. Also, we’ll introduce some One Man Army tweaks in the patch you’ll download tomorrow morning.


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+ plaztiksyke on May 3rd, 2010 at 11:57 am said:

$15 is worth it to me if the explosions (at least) are 24-bit losslessly compressed audio. Once you get that amazing quality (like in Uncharted 2 and others), everything else sounds like flat MP3s.

We often hear developers/publishers saying that size needs to be kept small to maximize profits, but that argument fails when it’s a $15 *add-on* for a retail game.

So, does this add-on have 24-bit losslessly compressed audio assets? If it doesn’t, will the planned DLC you refer to provide the value we’re looking for on this front?


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