This year’s Call of Duty has been revealed as Modern Warfare III and will be released on November 10. Publisher Activision released a brief teaser, featuring an abstract mosaic of familiar characters from the franchise – Captain Price and Vladimir Makarov – and a voiceover saying, “Never.” bury your enemies alive. There is also the mention of “snake heads”, which perhaps alludes to the Russian ultranationalist Makarov, who was also the main antagonist of the original MW3 (2011). Sledgehammer Games is taking the lead in developing the sequel, part of a trilogy of soft reboots of Modern Warfare that began in 2019.
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 release date matches a May report, which suggested Activision was planning an early August reveal, also implying it was a continuation of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 arc of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The publisher initially decided against dropping a standalone title this year, skipping its annual release cycle and instead focusing on a “premium expansion” including campaign DLC and a classic map pack . According to Bloomberg gaming reporter Jason Schreier, the company changed its mind earlier this year and decided to launch it as a full-price game. The teaser lacks details, although a recent tweet from the Call of Duty account seems to indicate that weapons and operators from Modern Warfare 2 would be carried over to the sequel.
This is big news for multiplayer players, as they won’t have to leave unlocked rewards and paid items from the old game behind. The method seems quite similar to a live service experience, suggested by an Activision spokesperson in 2022, so it is regularly updated with new content. Sledgehammer Games was previously in charge of developing the poorly received Call of Duty: Vanguard, with additional support from Treyarch and Infinity Ward. The publisher alternates between these three studios for its annual releases, breaking last year’s cycle and moving Treyarch’s planned title from 2023 to 2024.
Reports have also claimed that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 will receive at least two beta weekends for multiplayer testing, with the first being for PlayStation only – scheduled to run from October 6-10. This special treatment could change, taking into account Microsoft’s pending $69 billion (approximately Rs. 5,71,316 crore) buyout of Activision. The second beta weekend would run from October 12 to 16 and would also grant access to Xbox and PC players. Keeping with tradition, an early access campaign is also expected for pre-order customers, which would go live on November 2. As of now, it’s unclear if MW3 would also fall into the $70 category, although the franchise will be available on PlayStation for another month. 10 years, at least.
Activision has yet to confirm platforms, but Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is expected to come to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X.