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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Sledgehammer Games
Release Date: Nov. 10, 2023

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'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III' Celebrates the Holidays With Themed Events, Maps, Modes, Challenges And Rewards

by Rainier on Dec. 19, 2023 @ 2:55 p.m. PST

A direct sequel to Modern Warfare ll, Captain Price and Task Force 141 must adapt or die in a fight against the ultimate threat in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare III.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III is the direct sequel to the record-breaking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ll. Players will experience a rich and immersive campaign with unprecedented player choice, picking up directly after Modern Warfare ll, all-new open world Zombies set on the largest Call of Duty Zombies map ever, and one of the greatest collections of Modern Warfare multiplayer maps ever assembled – both fan favorites and all new ones.

Get ready for an all-new Campaign that continues the story immediately following the events of Modern Warfare II. Lead developer Sledgehammer Games, in partnership with Infinity Ward is set to deliver a full Campaign of action-packed operations ranging from signature, cinematic experiences to free-form Open Combat Missions, resulting in more player choice than ever before.

Expect a world-class Multiplayer experience celebrating the Modern Warfare series’ greatest legacies; all 16 launch maps from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) have been modernized with new modes and gameplay features and will be available at launch to get everyone started, while over 12 all-new core 6v6 maps will fuel post-launch live seasons.

For the first time, team up with other squads to survive and fight massive hordes of the undead in the largest Call of Duty Zombies map ever. Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ) tells a new Zombies story from developer Treyarch, with missions, core Zombies features, and a host of secrets to discover.

In the direct sequel to Modern Warfare II, Captain Price, and Task Force 141 face off against the ultimate threat. The ultranationalist Vladimir Makarov is extending his grasp across the world, causing Task Force 141 to fight like never before.

Combat means making decisions; using different Loadouts and planning different paths through every operation across an involved and thrilling Campaign. In addition to the signature, cinematic Call of Duty missions, Modern Warfare III introduces Open Combat Missions, with even greater emphasis on player choice. Naturally, you’ll have the use of all the weapons, equipment, and tactics present in an action-packed Modern Warfare single-player experience, but for some of your engagements, it is completely up to you to decide on an appropriate course of action.

Open Combat Missions (OCMs) are an exciting innovation to the Call of Duty Campaign. Not only do these complement the cinematic missions you’ve come to expect, but they also provide you with numerous additional choices regarding your methods of mission completion. For example, if you prefer to use stealth techniques, you may wish to undertake an OCM with a lights-out approach, using night-vision goggles and suppressed weapons and complete your objectives without your adversaries knowing you were even there. However, if loud explosions and reckless abandon are part of your repertoire, strap extra armor plates onto your torso and hit those targets head-on!

Feel free to take advantage of any operable vehicles within your area of operations. You’re able to experiment with and leverage tactical and lethal equipment. You have the flexibility to maneuver across the sizable landscape of a mission’s AO and approach objectives from multiple angles. You can truly play how you want to play, and Open Combat Missions will support it.

You better watch out, because Santa Gnaws is coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Call of Duty:Warzone. This year, the Halloween spirit has bled over into the winter holidays to celebrate the season of giving with new holiday-themed maps, modes, challenges, and rewards.

The CODMAS event starts today and runs until January 3rd at 8AM PT across Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Multiplayer, Zombies and Call of Duty: Warzone including:

  • Santa’s Slayground (Multiplayer, Zombies, Call of Duty: Warzone)
  • Themed Maps and Limited Modes in Multiplayer
  • CODMAS in Modern Warfare Zombies
  • Slay Ride Resurgence comes to Call of Duty: Warzone
  • New Year, new event: Face the Vortex

Celebrate Early with CODMAS

Let the festivities begin early with the upcoming CODMAS event! This year, the Halloween spirit has bled over into the winter holidays with the appearance of Santa Gnaws, here to spread horror and fear to the Operators of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Call of Duty:Warzone™. Battle the abomination and celebrate the season of giving with new holiday-themed maps, modes, challenges, and rewards.

The CODMAS event takes place from December 19 at 10AM PT to January 3 at 8AM PT, and includes a limited time event challenge alongside special in-game activities and map updates across Multiplayer, Zombies, and Call of Duty: Warzone.

Santa’s Slayground (Multiplayer, Zombies, Call of Duty: Warzone)

Season’s Eatings! Santa Gnaws is here to terrorize all who would disobey him. Prove your worth by completing up to eight challenges in the Santa’s Slayground in-game event to earn prizes more impressive than a lump of coal. Get rewards like consumable items and cosmetics such as the “Christmas Skulls” Calling Card, the “Elfsecution” Finishing Move, and the Weapon Blueprint/Operator Skin.

Play across new themed maps and modes as you complete the challenges in Multiplayer, Zombies, and Call of Duty: Warzone.

Themed Maps and Limited Modes in Multiplayer

CODMAS brings two holiday-themed map reskins with Shipmas and Hangover, plus Infectious Holiday and Snowfight as a twist on two fan-favorite party modes.

  • Shipmas: Pack your ugly sweater and deploy to the frozen sea in this cold-weather version of Shipment. Keep your head on a swivel to avoid joining the other corpses in cold storage.
  • Hangover: Toast to the New Year in this winter-themed Highrise decked with lights, garlands, and festive flair. The battle takes place at night for a new gameplay experience, so bring your best and celebrate in the victory screen.

New Limited-Time Modes

  • Infectious Holiday: Play Infected in a lobby full of Santa Claus Operators. Infected players will transform into the Zombie Santa Skin. Combine cheerfulness with combat prowess to retain those rosy cheeks against the undead menace.
  • Snowfight: This Gunfight mode brings the epic snowball battle back. Go toe-to-toe against another team and try to come out on top. Interact with snowballs on the map to restock your arsenal. Guarantee a one-hit kill with the Golden Snowball -- a rare item that spawns in the center of the map once per round.

CODMAS in Modern Warfare Zombies

Encounter new seasonal enemy models and updated infil music and collect snowballs around the map, which can be used to launch deadly attacks.

Slay Ride Resurgence Comes to Call of Duty: Warzone

Play the limited-time Slay Ride Resurgence Playlist during the CODMAS event for the chance to earn high-quality loot by decorating trees and taking on Santa in an ambush on the seasonal train.

  • Slay Ride: Take the fight to Santa aboard the train traveling through Urzikstan. Succeed in toppling the king of Christmas to earn powerful in-game loot and an Emblem proving your prowess.
  • Deck the Halls: Deploy to one of six Deck the Halls tree-themed capture points marked on the Tac Map in Slay Ride Resurgence, and loot up with high-tier gear right at the start of the match. Standing near the tree with no opponents nearby will begin the festive decorating. The tree can be upgraded to Tier 2 or become fully decorated at Tier 3, improving the value of the loot. The more decorated your tree, the better the weapons, Killstreaks, and in-game Cash you’ll earn in return.

Be on the lookout for other CODMAS related secrets around the map while completing these events.

New Year, New Event: Face the Vortex

Enter the flames of the Vortex to fight for cataclysmic rewards. In this event, players will progress through the 15 available rewards by playing in the Vortex-themed maps Tetanus, Satan’s Quarry, and Sporeyard.

  • Tetanus: In this otherworld version of Rust, Operators find themselves in an otherworldly desert during a planetary storm. Strips of neon-green light attached to the infrastructure enhance the sci-feel feel of the fight.
  • Satan's Quarry: Enter this pit of fire and brimstone only if you dare. Huge chains piercing the skies signal a hellish destination in which only the bold stand the chance to survive.
  • Sporeyard: The iconic boneyard shows signs of fungal infestation as glowing blue flora spreads throughout the map, dispensed by the towering toadstools surrounding the borders.

The Vortex event begins on January 3 following CODMAS and ends on January 17.

Enter the GeForce Graphics Card Sweepstakes

To celebrate 5 years of technical partnership, which has enabled our developers to bring their visions to life with the best graphics and fastest levels of performance possible on PC, we’re joining NVIDIA’s RTX 500 party!

Just in time for the holidays, Call of Duty fans get the chance to win a GeForce RTX 4090* with a Custom GPU Backplate. To enter the sweepstakes, respond to the X (Twitter) post announcing the promotion on the @CallofDuty X account, including the hashtags #MW3, #CallofDutySweepstakes, and #RTX500.

Full Terms and Conditions are HERE.

Stay frosty.

Modern Warfare III celebrates the 20th anniversary of Call of Duty with one of the greatest collections of Modern Warfare Multiplayer maps ever assembled.

Afghan. Derail. Estate. Favela. Karachi. Highrise. Invasion. Quarry. Rundown. Rust. Scrapyard. Skidrow. Sub Base. Terminal. Underpass. Wasteland.

All 16 launch maps from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) have been modernized, both graphically and with meticulous attention given to the authenticity and aspects of the maps that made them so popular. Veteran players love these Core 6v6 maps, and there’s no better time to introduce a generation of new players to experience the community’s favorite Modern Warfare content.

Prepare for seminal design to meet modern gameplay. This faithful modernization of the maps keeps their authenticity intact while infusing the latest tech, gameplay, modes, content, and more. Though you might have noticed elements of Terminal and Highrise during your time in Al Mazrah, the Modern Warfare III versions of these maps are built from scratch from the original 2009 designs.

In addition to brand-new modes like Cutthroat (a competitive 3v3v3 experience), a full range of fan-favorite and innovative gameplay features will be available at launch to get everyone started, like choosing to play Hardpoint and Kill Confirmed on Favela, modes that were never part of the original map offering, providing a refreshing multiplayer experience within these familiar environments.

The 16 Core launch maps are further complemented with the addition of four huge environments ready at launch and containing a host of new play spaces. These are composed of three brand-new Battle Maps — large scale locations where Modern Warfare III’s Ground War and Invasion game modes will be fought — and a single, colossal War map, as Modern Warfare III marks the welcome return and evolution of the legendary War Mode that first debuted in 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII.

With Day One Multiplayer content featuring faithful modernizations of Modern Warfare’s fan-favorite maps, over 12 all-new core 6v6 maps will fuel post-launch live seasons.

Expect many customization advancements and new gameplay mechanics to further evolve the quintessential, fast-moving gameplay. Here are three innovations, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks:

Breach and clear with the new Tactical Stance feature, a perfect middle-ground between hip-fire and aiming down sights. When entering tight hallways and cramped rooms, toggle Tac-Stance on to improve weapon performance and win the fight. Here’s what to expect from Tac-Stance:

  • The operator unshoulders the weapon and holds it in a canted firing position.
  • You can toggle in and out of Tac-Stance dynamically while aiming down sights.
  • Tac-Stance trades precise accuracy for improved mobility and handling.
  • Some spread to your firing will occur, best described as a middle ground between full ADS and hipfire.
  • It is designed to be used in aggressive, close-quarter combat situations.
  • By default, you fire in Tac-Stance while Sliding.

Modern Warfare III brings new levels of customization to Create-a-Class. Get ready to build your Loadout based on cutting-edge military equipment, such as gloves, tactical vests, boots and more; allowing you to fine-tune more aspects of gameplay.

The evolution of the Gunsmith continues with the addition of After-Market Parts. This is a special set of customization options allowing you to focus on your preferred and specific playstyle. After-Market Parts enable you to construct unique weapon configurations or types such as customizing a machine gun into a bullpup configuration (with the firing grip in front of the breech rather than behind it), thus increasing mobility and handling without compromising on damage output.

After-Market Parts will also offer new progression paths, and challenges to unlock. We will be sharing more information on these innovations in the coming weeks.

The core mechanics of Modern Warfare III deliver a massive offering of classic features bringing exceptional freedom of choice, movement, and customization to gameplay.

Here are the Multiplayer features confirmed for Modern Warfare III Multiplayer, coming Day One:

  • Map Voting returns, allowing players greater autonomy over their Multiplayer matches.
  • Classic Minimap Behavior, with red dots indicating when an enemy is firing an unsuppressed weapon.
  • All chosen Perks are available at the start of each match.
  • The Covert Sneakers Perk allows for silent movement (assuming you’ve chosen the correct footwear).
  • Core Multiplayer Health is increased to 150, lengthening the Time-to-Kill (TTK). Hardcore mode is not affected.

When maneuvering in Modern Warfare III Multiplayer, expect the following movement abilities in terms of your Operator’s general responsiveness:

  • You can cancel Slide animations (i.e., “slide cancel”), but Slide Cancelling does not reset Tactical Sprint.
  • You can cancel partial Reloads during an animation (i.e., “reload cancel”) to immediately return fire.
  • Mantling is faster, and you can Mantle while Sprinting.
  • You can fire during and immediately after Sliding.
  • Tactical Sprint durations are increased (the exact duration depends on the weapon being used).
  • Tactical Sprint recharges while Sprinting.

As discussed before, a vast amount of content and weapon progression from Modern Warfare II will come with you to Modern Warfare III. That means every Multiplayer weapon you currently have in your MWII arsenal, along with all the new weapons available in Modern Warfare III, will be accessible to use on Day One.

  • The depth of choice here truly honors the player investment into Modern Warfare II.
  • All MWII weapons, attachments, and unlocks will Carry Forward. There will be seamless functionality between new attachments and global Weapon Platforms.
  • Any MWII attachments that were considered “universal” (such as some Muzzles) will be available to attach to MWIII weapons, where applicable.
  • In certain cases, MWII weapons carried forward into MWIII will be able to utilize MWIII attachments that you unlock, where applicable.
  • The number of Weapon Platforms (AKA “Receivers”) have been increased for some categories, reducing restrictions on weapon customization by allowing for core attachments to be added to your favorite MWII weapons.

For the first time, team up with other squads to survive and fight massive hordes of the undead in the largest Call of Duty Zombies map ever. Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ) tells an involved and unearthly Dark Aether Zombies story set in the Modern Warfare universe. Expect to undertake missions across different regions that escalate in difficulty, with core Zombies features and a cavalcade of secrets to discover. Ready up for an open-world player versus enemy (PvE) extraction survival experience against some of the biggest enemies in Call of Duty history.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare III is available for PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.


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