Is it really that time of the year again already? It feels like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 just released, but we suppose Activision’s got to return to the well, as we doubt Crash Team Rumble’s going to top up its bank balance alone this year. So here we are, then, a report from reliable rumourmonger Tom Henderson: Sledgehammer Games is making Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Yes, you read that correctly: Modern Warfare 3.
For the longest time it was rumoured that the lucrative franchise would be taking a year off and would be offering “premium DLC” for Modern Warfare 2 in 2023. But Henderson claims, while those reports were accurate at one point in time, plans have since changed. He writes: “This year’s title is a fully-fledged sequel to Modern Warfare 2. Modern Warfare 3 will feature a campaign, multiplayer, zombies, and a new Warzone 2.0 map during the title’s first season.” What could possibly go wrong?
Apparently, the aforementioned Warzone 2.0 map will be inspired by Las Almas, which was previously discovered as an Easter egg within Modern Warfare 2’s campaign. Meanwhile, the zombies mode is currently named Outbreak 2.0, and could still potentially release separately as a free-to-play download – Activision is still weighing up all of its opportunities, apparently. Either way, the title’s allegedly due out on 10th November, with campaign early access unlocking a week earlier on 2nd November.
And by the way, Sony rather awkwardly still has marketing rights to the series, so it’ll have dibs on the game’s first beta weekend in October, regardless of whether Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition is completed by then. (But that’s looking unlikely at this point, with any appeals to the CMA likely to drag proceedings into 2024 and beyond.)
I'm sorry, but this rumour gets a big fat zzzzz from me. (And I'm generally not a Call of Duty hater.)
What happened to releasing every two years.
I couldn't care less for the main multiplayer side of these games but I do wish they would make zombies a seperate game like warzone, and just update it regularly with new maps.
That sub-heading sums it up.
I mean if this is true it seems like their doing this to quickly follow up on the ending/ending credits to MW2(No Russian) with Makarov so the story hopefully will be better. The original MW3 with him was ridiculous so hopefully this follows suit.
I'll play it(rent it), but am not excited for it since these games seem to literally be the same thing year after year.
So when the acquisition by MS looked like a foregone conclusion, the plan was to offer only dlc in the last year of Sony’s marketing rights. Now that a spanner has been thrown in the works, they suddenly want to release a full game this year? 🤔
I never played the original MW3. Was thinking of booting up my PS3 again to give it a whirl. I'm only really into the single player so I'm very interested to see where they take the story in this new one
Not many FPS games come close to the level Call of Duty's set pieces. MW2 had some real standout moments. Think I'll wait a little for the price to drop this time though... or encourage my mate to get it on his account so we can share😉
I'll be giving call of duty a miss this year i think. I really like the infinity ward games but i'm not a big fan of the other studios offerings..zombies was great when it first released way back in world at war but its become bloated and boring.
I heard Sledgehammer is working on the next entry and only Infinity Ward does MW so no, this is highly unlikely.
Stop, reel it back, pause, do something else Treyarch / Sledgehammer / Infinity Ward.
Isn't there just too much CoD right now? Warzone still exists, milk that for another year pls
NOOOOO! insert Darth Vader meme here Of all the studios to handle a MW3 don’t let it to be Sledgehammer…
@get2sammyb Not if the much rumoured psvr 2 mode makes an appearance.
Probably highly unlikely at this stage.
Staggered at the general disinterest and ambivalence in the comments, give that COD was supposedly so important, it was a matter of life or death for Sony and all the PS fans a few weeks ago.
From "the world is going to end if we can't play it", to "yeah probably won't buy this year, I'm bored".
Can't help but notice it, as it's glaring as I read the comments.
I'd almost bought the latest one because I thought the 2 years before a new one was a fact, not a rumor. Still don't know what's happening, seeing as this is about a rumor...about a rumor lol
@CaptD I've not seen that rumour myself!
I watched the cutscenes for both games and I like how they have modelled Price on Tom Hardy.
@GKT The source is pretty good so I'd lean towards this being true for now. If you can sit tight a bit longer it should be officially announced soon.
I heard a rumour that this year’s physical release will contain a ziplock bag full of moist spaghetti noodles and a single stray pube instead of a Blu-ray disc
***SIGH*** Zombies??? Give me a break. I was never a fan of them being in a militaristic shooter game to begin with - always thought they could be their own game - but the lack of them and the inclusion of Spec Ops was what always elevated the Modern Warfare series for me above all the others. Now they're gonna stick 'em in MW3 when they've never been in a MW game before?? FAAAAAIL!!!!
@Intr1n5ic Not sure where you’ve got that from, but it’s not true
@LiamCroft Just a coincidence then?
MS announce Activision buyout in January 2022. One month later, February 2022, Activision announces for the first time in 17 years that they won't be doing an annual release, that they will be delaying their next release until 2024, coincidentally when Sony’s marketing rights come to an end. After the CMA decision it looks like the MS acquisition won't be completed this year. Two weeks later Activision suddenly announces they're now releasing a new COD in 2023.
Maybe there's nothing more to it, but the timing is a little strange, no?
I thought that last gen was supposed to be left behind what happened
@Intr1n5ic The fact they're releasing a larger, full-fledged title this year instead of sticking to their original plan of taking a year off is not news. That's been known for weeks. Months even. (It was a thing back when I played MW2 and I quit on that during the beginning of S2.)
The news is simply that it will officially be MW3 and who's developing it.
Has nothing to do with the buyout whatsoever.
@Intr1n5ic I don't believe Activision ever said publicly it was planning for a game every two years. Most of these reports came from Jason Schreier, who always said there was new Call of Duty content planned for this year. It was going to be like a huge DLC for Modern Warfare 2 across all platforms, but now Activision has decided to make it a standalone game.
@BusyOlf It’s Barry Sloane. Face and voice. Scouser actor, been in loads over the years.
@IndoorEnthusiast any Gabagool inside?
@nessisonett it’s a really impressive southern accent he does. I was impressed with how intense he was when talking to others.
@Drago201 Bobby wants money, that’s what
Heh no. If anything it's the Uncharted Lost Legacy or Left Behind DLC or even Quest for Booty of Modern Warfare. Assuming this even exists. The rest wouldn't surprise me, but that's about as Premium as including Uncharted 4 Multiplayer with Lost Legacy. Dude's got his wires crossed. As far as we know there is no new cod this year.
@LiamCroft You're right, I was incorrect to state Activision announced it, it came via Jason Schreier and Bloomberg. They never confirmed it, but they didn't correct his report at any point or suggest it was inaccurate either.
I may very well be reading too much in to the timing of it all, it just seems suspicious to me. A full premium release this year was mentioned during their financial report a few months back, but I personally don't believe that was going to be MW3 until very recently.
@Intr1n5ic no one at activision is dumb enough to give MW3 to Sledgehammer. Likely a side story.
@NotSoCryptic Right, it's strange. Why would Sledgehammer of all people get sole development of MW3. If that's the case then it feels like they've told them to turn whatever they were working on in to a full release.
@Intr1n5ic It certainly does sound like there's been some significant rejigging of the franchise's plans in the past six or so months, yeah
It has been confirmed, COD MW3 is coming to PS4 & PS5
It'll be repacked from 2011 and charged at £100/$110 for the base version plus skins...
Was this not confirmed ages ago? When they were meant to be skipping a full release and only doing the follow on story to MW2 so MW3. Then they said full release instead.
This is gonna go over like a lead zeppelin w everyone who has to pay money for MW3. Streamers probably welcome the change. I know Jev does (only one I ever pay attention to, and that’s via YouTube).
I’m done playing CoD. Unfortunately my 15 year-old isn’t
Stale of Duty
@Nexozi No, I don't think any of that has ever been official information from Activision. As Liam mentioned above, a lot of the talk about Call of Duty skipping a year came from Jason Schreier.
(And it probably was true at the time he reported it to be fair!)
Obvious we was going to get MWIII - but so soon and by Sledgehammer is very surprising.
Sadly, we needed Ghosts 2.
“It’s been 10 years…”
They've released a new Call of Duty literally every year since the first game, did anyone actually believe they'd skip the series' 20th anniversary?
I skipped the MW2 release after their "physical" release and I will do the same with MW3 it was the weakest of the the MW franchise for me personally.
@get2sammyb It was just rumours back last year I think along with the skipping a year. But with how they left MW2 story and with it having been a planned bolt on rather than full release with Treyarch game coming on 2024 it made most sense for it to be MW3. Wonder if maybe the expected MS deal had them thinking of not doing a full release. Then they decided to go full release anyway. I've no expectations for this this year with Sledgehammer being the main devs.
@SgtTruth it is important to the casual crowd. We commenters aren't usually casual.
Curious to see the community response - I am lucky own all the consoles. The vast majority of my digital library is on Xbox. If Microsoft gets discouraged in light of all that is going on and decides to “get out of console gaming” like sega did, is that library at risk of just…disappearing.
@Quinsect no . it’ll be tied to your xbox account that is also your microsoft account . you’ll still be able to play them on PC and your old xboxes
@Intr1n5ic my money is on Sledgehammer being relegated to a support studio after how bad Vanguard did. They were probably asked to put together this "Premium" DLC content that will be treated like a full release. It's likely MW2 related, a MW2 Episode 1 if you will or MW2.5, but the full release would be done by the studio that runs MW. That's infinity Ward. So I don't see this being MW3. Just doesn't make any sense. I'm sure all those other things are coming, but only becuase we always see those things every year. If anything Warzone has less to do this year becuase it isn't themed after a new release like a Cold War 2 or Infinite Warfare 2 or anything like that.
Not really into having slurs screamed at me by teenaged boys. I feel like these dude-bro games are for people that game exclusively for pew-pew military stuff or FIFA.
The CMA should hold it's ground.
I personally think Microsoft has simply paid off the other regulators. That's why they were so mad about the CMAs decision and hit back with that spiteful media hitjob about Britain being ***** anyway since Brexit (we know).
It doesn't benefit consumers, just Microsoft customers. To suggest anyone will be playing Call of Duty, or any other competitive online shooter, via the cloud is just ridiculous. Total rubbish meant to appease stuffy regulator board members who don't know any better.
I'd rather ActivisionBlizzard go bankrupt and administrators handle the auction of their IP to the highest bidder. That would be fairer.
@Quinsect Microsoft aren't going to decide to leave the console gaming market because they're not allowed to break the regulators.
They're pitching a fit right now for the media's benefit. They're making money hand over fist without this deal and Xbox is in a way better market position then they're making out.
Microsoft are painting a picture of a poor wittle company stuck under the jack boot of Sony, struggling to survive without being able to spend $70bn to buy an advantage.
Nah, I am not buying another CoD game.
Buying it day 1 at 12:01 BST, the deluxe maximus edition for 129.99.
As the one lone weirdo who waits for a sale and then buys and plays only the single player CoD and is done, I sure hope this isn't true.
As far as campaigns go Infinity Ward's two last Modern Warfares are way better than either of the other guys.
Sledgehammer's always been the worst at campaigns. Be a bit sad to think they were handed making MW3.
Not that they care, when I'm the only guy enjoying the solo part.
@get2sammyb Got ya, good to know. Ty for the reply 🤘
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