A little under a week has passed since SOCOM: Confrontation turned one year old in North America. We need to mention its specific age for different areas on the globe because even though games tend to be exactly the same, their age varies depending on the different economical profile the country fits. This is mainly because publishers haven't found out that the world is round and other countries exist besides their own. Back to SOCOM, its one year anniversary has brought a huge addon for it, as Sony
has announced a big downloadable content pack that is in the works for the game.
The DLC has enough new things to almost make it a game sequel. Usually, they're only made up of a few new maps or a subtle customization option, but the Cold Front, as the pack has been named, has enough content to shame an entire Atari game franchise, or close enough anyway. The list of new additions is a pretty long one, so we'd better get started. First, we'll start with the weapons. The new arsenal ads three new weapons, six enhanced versions of weapons available as part of the new weapon specialization system, two new weapon attachments (including the thermal scope), five enhanced versions of weapon attachments also available as part of the new weapon specialization system, and last but not least, two new grenade launcher ammo types, flash and smoke.
The rest of the list is made up of a new Russian / Eastern European Area of Operation, snow setting complete with snow effects, new snow gear and camo for both the Special Forces and Mercenaries, and thermal vision. A new gameplay mode has been added, the ARMS RACE, as well as five new maps: Uprising, Entrapment, Blizzard, Night Stalker, and Vigilance. All new mercenary characters with new looks and new VO and new Special Forces squad, the Russian Spetsnaz, are now part of SOCOM
. The content list in rapped up by the addition of gun turrets emplacements, new music, all-new character specialization/progression system and the option to allow players to pick a primary and secondary specialization and unlock new equipment exclusive to those specializations.
More details regarding Cold Front are expected on the PlayStation Blog, especially the release date. When exactly the addon will become available is still unclear at this point, but it did receive an exact price. The downloadable content will cost $14.99 and there is no reason to complain about this, since it provides enough content to be considered a standalone title.