Midway has announced that both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners can expect to download a map pack for John Woo's Stranglehold in the near future. Providing they bought Stranglehold and want some downloadable content in any event.
The map pack, announced overnight, "will be available soon in North America via the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live" in Midway's words. A European release in a similar timeframe seems very likely. We tried to get hold of Midway UK this morning to confirm that, and see whether it's coming to PC as well, but we've yet to hear back.
The pack consists of ten new multiplayer maps (including "Kowloon Market", "Wong's Estate Grounds" and "Rooftops of Chicago") and 21 new multiplayer character skins. Xbox 360 owners can also look forward to ten new unlockable Achievements worth a total of 250 gamerpoints.
Stranglehold is an Unreal Engine 3-powered third-person shooter that follows in the narrative footsteps of classic John Woo/Chow Yun Fat action film Hard Boiled, and sees Inspector Tequila diving, sliding and generally exploding his slow-motion way around detail-packed environments in an attempt to either solve whatever crime it is he's up against or kill everyone involved - whichever comes first.
We really liked it, with Kristan remarking that it "might well be the most direct, straightforward action game you've played in years". The multiplayer wasn't one of his favourite elements, but perhaps that will change with the advent of the new map pack. Find out when it appears on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network soon.