Soldiers - lock, load and look lively as the first downloadable content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been announced. It will be hitting Xbox LIVE on 24 January, with Call of Duty Elite members getting first dibs.

"Today we informed the Call of Duty Elite Premium community that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Elite Content Season will officially kick off on January 24 for Xbox users," said an Activision spokesperson. "We'll have more details about the entire 2012 MW3 Content Season in early January, so stay tuned for updates."

PS3 gamers will have to wait for now, it seems.

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling has highlighted that the MW3 DLC may be a bit different to what gamers might be expecting. "The way we're doing downloadable content this year is unlike we've never done before," he said.

"Not only in how you can get it - in content drops or choose for the collection - but also the type of content you're getting. We're doing more than just maps. We're going to do Spec Ops missions and a variety of things that players have never seen before. 

Bowling stated that, as well as Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Raven will also be "pitching in".

The last part in developer Infinity Ward's FPS trilogy, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, is officially the fastest selling entertainment product of all time. It hit $1 billion worth of sales in 16 days, beating records held by Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. The title had also broken some records by taking $400 million in less than 24 hours after launch.

Check out our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 review to see what all the fuss is about

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