Several days ago, MTB reported that Modern Warfare 3 would be unveiled during the week of E3. Thanks to Kotaku, you don’t have to wait that long. In what can only be described as one of the most substantial leaks in recent memory; the site has obtained info and assets from the game’s story, multiplayer maps, setting, key characters and more.
Infinity Ward has given their two cents on the blowout on Twitter, and admitted that much of the information that has been reported is indeed accurate. They caution, however, that not everything you’re about to read will be true to the final product. If you’re worried about spoiling things, you may want to steer clear of this story and wait for the official unveiling. Otherwise, read on and then head on over to Kotaku for even more details.
Supposedly releasing on November 8, MW3 will pick up immediately after the events of MW2 and send players hopping around the world in large-scale firefights. You can expect to visit locations as varied as New York, Paris and London. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The sequel will “reshape the landscape of the Call of Duty franchise” and feature “a story that ties up nearly all loose ends from previous titles”. Series fans can look forward to the ultimate fates of central characters being chronicled in the game. Sounds to us like Activision means for this title to wrap up the current Modern Warfare saga.
The collaborative project from Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software (anybody else want to get in on this one?) will weave a narrative web that is centered on the United States repelling a surprise attack from Mother Russia. Players will trek all over the globe and, as has become customary for the series, take control of multiple characters fighting for varied military organizations. The fifteen mission campaign will be book-ended by a struggle for Manhattan against invading Russian troops and a conflict in Dubai with, you guessed it, Makarov himself.
It sounds like the devs are going to put gamers in the shoes of more soldiers than ever before. You’ll take up the roles of a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, an SAS Operative, a tank gunner and an AC-130 gunner. In addition, you can also expect some familiar faces as well as other all new characters.
The story will supposedly answer all of your pressing questions while introducing those new characters that Kotaku believes will star in the next wave of Modern Warfare games. It is believed that a couple of Delta Force men with call signs of “Frost” and “Sandman” will be of particular interest. While in control of these servicemen, you can expect to witness plenty of the franchise’s signature epic set pieces mixed in with (shocker!) “lots of gunfire”.
As for the multiplayer aspect, it’s been reported that the game will feature up to twenty maps for competitive play. Keep in mind that not all of these will necessarily make it into the initial release. Some of them could potentially end up being packaged as DLC. MW3 will also come packed with Spec Ops modes which will be split between the familiar structured mission variants from the last Modern Warfare, and the newly introduced survival maps. The latter will be in the vein of horde game types that pit teams of players against increasingly difficult waves of enemies.
The names of the multiplayer maps and an astonishingly detailed account of the game’s story mode — complete with every single location you will visit — can be read over on Kotaku. Although the information we have reported may be more than some readers wanted to know at this stage (hey, we warned you) their report flat out ruins the single player. If you really want to read it though, you can follow the links below. Interested parties will also find a slew of screens, art assets and even a teaser slide-show that will purportedly be shown at E3.
[Images courtesy of Kotaku.]