Yesterday, we posted news of the first round of DLC bound for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 this January. On Janury 24th, 2012, Call of Duty Elite subscribers on the Xbox 360 will be able to snag the first round of DLC for free.

Robert Bowling, Creative Strategist for Infinity Ward, posted the sneak peek of “Park” that you see at the head of this post on Twitter.

The skills we honed over the years spent playing every single iteration of Where in _______ is Carmen Sandiego? tell us that “Park” will be based on New York City’s Central Park. The location you see in the screenshot above is a virtual incarnation of the famed Bethesda Terrace. See?

The distribution of this new content will be weird. Dan Amrich from Activision wrote about the way the DLC for Modern Warfare 3 will drop. He doesn’t seem that confident in the release schedule, which tells us we’re not dumb…

In addition to confirming that Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software are all working on MW3 DLC, a date for the first content was announced: January 24, for Elite premium members on Xbox 360.

Other platforms and dates were not discussed, but remember that there’s a double-whammy here: Due to a business arrangement from 2010, Xbox 360 gets DLC content ahead of other platforms, and Activision has promised Elite subscribers will get DLC content ahead of the general public. With that in mind, I see five audiences: Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox 360 general public, PS3 Elite, PS3 general public, and PC. I don’t yet know in what order each of those audiences will be served.

As more for this DLC comes, including the launch dates for each platform, we’ll let you know. Let it be said that we are confused about the release date ourselves. Call of Duty Elite is making things … weird.

[via Twitter]

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