Sledgehammer Games announced today that the studio is offering a portion of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s upcoming DLC to Xbox One or Xbox 360 Season Pass holders before it’s official release early next year.
According to a recent update on Sledgehammer’s blog, anyone Xbox user with the pass will be treated to the AE4, a futuristic directed energy Assault Rifle, along with a special variant called the AE4 Widowmaker, on December 11. That’s a few weeks before Advanced Warfare’s first DLC, the Havoc Map Pack, arrives sometime in early 2015.
The weapon will be included as a part of the DLC when it launches for any one who decides to pick up the map pack à la carte, so you won’t be missing out on any new firepower if you don’t want to pick up the pass just yet. The announcement does only refer to Xbox users, so it’s not clear yet if PlayStation and PC Season Pass holders will also get early access to the AE4 a few weeks before their respective DLC launches one month later.
For those curious, here’s what the weapon and its variant look like:
If you feel like picking yourself up a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass in the next while, you can get more details here.