Activision Blizzard Inc. this week released the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC to Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live division of the Xbox 360 to Call of Duty: Elite Premium Members.

New content available includes the Piazza Map and the Liberation Map.

The Piazza Map is a seaside Italian location that promotes close-range combat. The Liberation Map is a Central Park location that includes turrets and sniper rifle action.

Future DLC content will include new maps and new Spec Ops missions.

Activision Blizzard in Dec. said Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has surpassed $1 billion in retail sales.

The shooter, released Nov. 16, achieved the sales milestone in 16 days, one day faster than the feature film Avatar.

In addition, Call of Duty Elite has sold one million premium subscriptions to date. Premium features include daily competitions, download content and prizes.

NPD Group Inc. in Dec. reported Modern Warfare 3 ranked as the No. 1 game title across all platforms, with an estimated nine million copies sold.

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