Activision has finally lifted the veil on the third installment in the Call of Duty Modern Warfare saga, which, going by its sneaky logo drop that aired earlier this week, will be heading to all major platforms on November 10, 2023. Not that this comes as much of a surprise, what with its creators revealing its plans to rebuild the entire trilogy from the ground up a fair while back. It was always in the cards, and it goes without saying that, even with a launch date slated so close to the end of the year, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is bound to be one of the best-selling games of 2023, regardless.
Unfortunately, until either Infinity Ward, Activision, or Sledgehammer Games reveals the next batch of updates (in a Warzone 2.0 update, apparently), we won’t really know every minor detail. For what it’s worth, though, here’s everything we can currently tell you based on the information provided to date. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3: what, when, and why?
What Is Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3?
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is an upcoming first-person shooter by Sledgehammer Games, as well as a direct sequel to 2022’s Modern Warfare 2. Going by what’s been said so far, the game will pick up where it left off in the second remake, so on the off chance that you have yet to experience the last campaign, then perhaps now’s the time to brush up on the ins and outs and familiarize yourself with its characters and ongoing feuds.
On another note, in case you’ve yet to brush through the timeline in its entirety, it is worth mentioning that Call of Duty Modern Warfare is a reboot, and thus loosely based on the original trilogy that dropped just over a decade ago. So, if you thought the gift of foresight would help in this situation — think again, basically. Granted, we can expect to see our fair share of similarities, including characters, settings, and plot points, but if the first two reboots are anything to go by, then we can definitely expect to see something a little different from what released back in 2011.
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The last we saw of Modern Warfare was in 2022, at which point the conclusion unearthed a new global threat that seemingly pointed towards the scheming hands of Vladimir Makarov. Going by the trailer that dropped earlier this week, Modern Warfare 3 will be casting its focus over to this enemy, who, up until this point, has remained an underlying threat to Captain Price and the squad’s efforts to retain balance and order.
Of course, until Sledgehammer Games pick up the slack and start working on a new pre-launch trailer to outline the intricacies and what have you, we won’t really know how this conflict with Makarov will unravel. Needless to say that we can expect another treasure trove of in-game details at some stage over the next several weeks.
Having paved the way for most modern first-person shooters these past twenty-something years, it’s safe to say that most, if not all gamers with an interest in the genre will know exactly what to expect in Modern Warfare 3. Again, it’s a first-person shooter at heart, with its relatively short but surprisingly sprightly single-player campaign, and its ever-popular online multiplayer counterpart, which we’ll tap into shortly. So, for the time being, it’s best to think of it as a booster pack for Modern Warfare 2, if anything.
So, what’s going to happen to Warzone, then? Well, you can rest assured that it won’t be shutting its servers down anytime soon. In fact, there’ll be a whole new season to look forward to in December 2023, roughly one month after Modern Warfare 3 goes live. What’s more, it’ll introduce a whole new large-scale map, which will be called Las Almas.
In addition to the new campaign and Warzone season, word has it there’ll also be a new Zombies mode, too, which will be dubbed “Outbreak 2.0.” As for whether this will come bundled in with the base game or offered as paid DLC as part of a future update is still unknown. Either way, we can definitely expect to see all the classic modes and a few additional modernized bells and whistles to boot.
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— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) August 7, 2023
It’s been a bit of a strange road for Modern Warfare, what with Activision first announcing its plans to release several new additions for the Warzone counterpart over 2022, and then ultimately deciding to develop Modern Warfare 3 only one year after the second. It wasn’t on anyone’s radar, weirdly enough, though it was something that fans of the series always knew was coming at some point on another. It just so happens that, well, it’s a couple of years sooner than anyone would’ve expected.
Modern Warfare 3 is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the same team that brought life to Call of Duty: Vanguard back in 2021. And while the studio hasn’t had any major involvement in the Modern Warfare timeline since its initial reboot, it’s safe to say that the team will have the full support of both Infinity Ward and Treyarch, the two leading firms under the Call of Duty branding. So that’s something.
On the bright side, there is a trailer for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3; it’s just a brief glimpse at its latest logo, though. And that’s somewhat surprising, seeing as we’re only a few months away from its release window. Nevertheless, you can check it out for yourself in the video embedded above.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
The good news is, you needn’t worry about trying to find a copy of Modern Warfare 3 when it hits the shelves on November 10, 2023. In fact, you can pick it up on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. It’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing a Switch port, however, as the series itself has never really established stable ground with the handheld device. Other than that, though, you’re golden.
Interested in staying up to date with the next entry in the Call of Duty saga? If so, be sure to check in with Sledgehammer Games over on its official social feed for all the latest pre-launch updates here. If anything changes ahead of its release, we’ll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on gaming.net.
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