Black Ops First Strike Map Pack Playlist Rotation Details

Treyarch’s David Vonderhaar has cleared up exactly how the new First Strike map pack will be integrated into existing Black Ops playlists. Full details can be found on the official forum thread here, or pasted below. If you cant be bothered to read through the whole statement, here is the top and bottom of it; First Strike maps will be put into the existing playlists but with a slightly higher priority than non-First Strike maps – meaning they should come up more often. Treyarch have a First Strike only playlist set up and ready to go and may add it on Friday at the start of the Double XP weekend based on feedback from the community.

Would you prefer a First Strike only playlist? Or are you happy with the new maps being integrated into existing playlists off the bat? Personally, I think they should have their own playlist at least until the end of the double XP weekend.

Hi,

I am getting some good questions on the topic of how the playlists work with First Strike. It is frankly too long to explain well in 140 characters on Twitter.

If you own First Strike you will be joined in a Lobby with others who own First-Strike (or start one). The DLC maps are set at priority slightly above the non First Strike maps. This means they will come up in rotation more frequently. Use your ability to map vote for, or against, any map. If you have First Strike, you will see a secondary tab in your Choose Map screen during Private Matches, Combat Training, System Link and related areas of the game where you can explicitly pick which map to play.

If you don’t own First Strike, you will be joined in a Lobby with others who don’t own First Strike (or start one). In this regard, it’s similar to Modern Warfare 2.

We try not to kick you out of a lobby if you don’t have First Strike, but some exceptions are unavoidable. For example, If you join on a Friend who is playing in a non First Strike map, but who owns First Strike, when the game ends and you return to the lobby you will be kicked if the lobby votes for a First Strike map.

If you are playing in a Party with folks who don’t have DLC, we will tell you. You can then play as though you don’t have it. Alternatively, you remove players from your party who don’t have it as you’ve been able to do in the past.

We have the option of a First Strike only playlist, which you won’t be able to join if you don’t have First Strike. We have not yet exercised this option, but are considering adding it on Friday at the start of Double XP weekend based on feedback from the community over the next 48 or 72 hours or so. I am preparing as though we will do a First Strike moshpit on Friday when Double XP starts. It’s currently getting translated into the many languages the game supports. It’s easy to remove (or keep) depending on feedback.

First Strike comes out “around” 2:00am PST on Feb 1.

I say “around” because it takes time to get it out to all the content/cache servers. I can’t give you a specific time because it really depends on Microsoft and how fast they cache and populate the download servers. It’s not coming any earlier, or later, for any other time zones. Google “time zone conversion” and convert the above to your local time zone.

David ‘Vahn’ Vonderhaar

Click here to find the time First Strike launches in your City.

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24 Comments

  1. Auptyk says:

    When these come to PC ill probably run my server new maps only for a while. HC DOM.

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  2. Cory says:

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    • BU says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble Cory, but ya got it backwards…that’s like 5am EST LOL Wish I were 11 though

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    • AnimalCracka says:

      That would be 5:00 am in Jersey. I like how they use pacific time to make it sound earlier. Sounds like the 12:00 release party will be in Hawaii.

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    • killerman1996 says:

      you do know hat the double xp is for ALL platforms not just xbox

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    • steven says:

      cool same here

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    • Jay says:

      Actually it would be 5:00am in new jersey. Sorry,I thought the same thing at first.

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    • mike says:

      Yo man i live in Jersey too, if you really look, 2am PST is 5am our time bro.. they’re 3 hours behind us. so 2am our time would be 11pm their time making 2am their time, 5am ours. it’s beat.

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    • Joe says:

      no, Cory. It will be 5:00 am here on the east coast when it’s 2:00 am on the west coast

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    • tNez63 says:

      Dude 2 am PST means 5 am in Jersey. Unfortunately I’m in New York so I’m right there with ya. :(

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  4. BU says:

    Sorry Cory, but ya got it backwards…it’s like 5am EST…wish it were 11pm

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  5. paul says:

    I hope they will be on the combat training too.

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  6. bra dog says:

    it is so sweet!!!!! when can i get it?

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  7. Mike1992 says:

    @Corey.. yo man i live in jersey too, 2am PST is 5am EST.. so were pretty effed. were gonna have to stay up mad late or wake up mad early if we wanna get it right away.

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  8. Faceman says:

    I think both are pretty nice.

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  9. Ryan says:

    I just hope for the people that can’t afford them the second they come out, can actually play. Unlike in WaW when you didn’t have the map packs they were “blocked,” but they actually weren’t.

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  10. HydroBuzzed says:

    You wouldnt understand, its a Jersey thing!

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  11. david says:

    when can i play first strike new maps on xbox in gloucester england cant load it atm ?? dnt know why ?

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  12. Jim says:

    If I pay money for the map pack, I expect to be able to play only those maps if I want to. You have had enough time to set that up for launch today….get your s#*% together Treyarch!

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  13. scourge the hedgehog says:

    this is going to be awesome!

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  14. zach says:

    yeah so microsoft needs to get the new map pack available in italy/europe like asap. i put $20 on my live acct. just for it and i cant buy it? yeah.

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