With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 just around the corner, let’s dive into the updates from Sledgehammer Games and Activision. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is available to pre-order now, with its release on the 10th of November 2023.
Something new and something old
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the 20th game in the Call of Duty series, and the third entry into the rebooted Modern Warfare series. Sledgehammer Games have excited old fans of the Call of Duty series by announcing a number of “old” favourites to return. But, there are also some new additions to the game, that we should equally be excited about.
There is plenty to talk about regarding the campaign, including the return of Captain Price, Ghost, Gaz and Soap. Characters from the previous Modern Warfare Game in 2022 also feature. The return of these fan favourites has certainly made me excited, as after all, they were a part of my childhood. In addition to this, the story follows a similar storyline akin to the original Modern Warfare series. The return of Vladimir Makarov. You may remember Makarov distinctly from the mission in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 “No Russain”. Like previous instalments, you are a part of the special operations unit Task Force 141. With the sole job being to stop Makarov from triggering World War 3.
Modern Warfare 3 also tries to break away from the traditional linear story, with the introduction of open combat missions. These missions allow players to choose freely how to approach their objectives based on their game styles. You can go in guns blazing with explosives and extra armour, as I would choose. Or you can sneak through using your best stealth techniques and equipment. Thankfully, Call of Duty has released a 9-minute video on their YouTube channel. This showcases one of the campaign missions “Operation 627”, as your player infiltrates a prison. This can be viewed below.
Now, this is where I am most excited. We see the return of all 16 base maps from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009). Including a favour of mine; Skidrow. However, if you are wanting something more “fresh”, we are also guaranteed 12 brand-new maps post-launch.
The return of the ability to vote for maps while waiting in the lobby will also please fans. Considering this was one of the best additions to the original Modern Warfare series. This, however, is not the only “perk” to return, with the classic mini-map being brought back. This would indicate the enemy with red dots when a gun is fired without a suppressor.
The last big return to multiplayer is a mechanic that divided the community. This is the return of slide cancelling. Some people love it, however, many hate it. I am personally not bothered about this mechanic, but I sure do see a number of people moaning about it in the Call of Duty community. We should see how long it takes for the community to moan about it once again.
Well, this is something you would not imagine saying within a Modern Warfare series. This is the first time we have seen Zombies in a Modern Warfare game. However, this is not the Zombies that you will remember. Zombies this time is built around an open world with a player versus environment experience. You alongside up to 23 players play together in separate squads in a map size akin to Warzone. Each team can tackle Zombies, as well as AI-controlled human enemies. This lasts for approximately 45 minutes before an “Aether Storm” begins to expand. This leaves 15 minutes for you to exfil with your loot. Just remember, “Nothing gets in, nothing gets out.”
Last, but certainly not least is the game mode Warzone. The introduction of a new map by the name of Urzikstan is available alongside the launch of Season 1 in December. This will be an addition to the existing Vondel and Ashika Island Resurgence maps. As always, this will continue to be a free-to-play mode, and you can still continue to play the current map Caldera.
So, what game mode are you excited about the most? Please let me know in the comments!