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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' Announced, Features Revealed, Zombies Return, Special Editions, Open Beta & Pre-Order Details - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 17, 2023 @ 11:54 a.m. PDT

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.

Campaign: Adapt or Die in a Fight Against the Ultimate Threat

In the direct sequel to the record-breaking 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

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.

Multiplayer: It’s Time to Settle Old Scores and Start New Ones

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

Legendary Core Maps. Modern Gameplay.

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.

Going Big with Brand-New Maps. Ground War and War Modes Return!

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.

All-New Core Map Content Comes to Live Season Content

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.

Multiplayer Features: New Mechanics and Robust Customization

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:

New Gameplay Innovation: Tac-Stance

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.

New Gameplay Innovation: Evolving Loadouts

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.

New Gameplay Innovation: After-Market Parts

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.

Multiplayer Features: Changes to Core Mechanics

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

The Return of Classic 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.

Movement in Modern Warfare III: Responsiveness

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.

Multiplayer Features: Carry Forward

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.

Zombies: An All-New, Open World

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.

Additional Intel Incoming — Preorders Now Available

Preorders are available now at participating retailers, in-game, via your platform Stores, or at

It’s time to settle old scores and start new ones, starting on November 10, 2023, with the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III.

There are many ways you can ready yourself for launch and learn about the various versions of the game, as well as the associated rewards you get for preordering.

Check the summary chart below to see the benefits you can claim, depending on which Digital version of Modern Warfare III you preorder or purchase:

Modern Warfare III: Vault Edition

Providing an exceptional number of benefits, the Vault Edition is the premier option for Modern Warfare III, available for $99.99 Suggested Retail Price or your regional equivalent. In addition to the full game, the Vault Edition contains the following:

  • Campaign Early Access (Preorder Benefit)
  • Open Beta Early Access (Preorder Benefit)
  • Soap Operator Pack (Preorder Benefit)
  • Nemesis Operator Pack
  • Two Weapon Vaults

BlackCell (one Season), includes the Battle Pass, BlackCell Sector that includes 1,100 CP Bonus, 50 Battle Token Tier Skips, and more

Nemesis Operator Pack — Vault Edition Benefit

Face off against or become the ultimate threat.

Preorder or own the Vault Edition, and on Day One, receive four famed Multiplayer Operators: Captain Price, Ghost, Warden, and Makarov. Each Operator is clad in animated outfits themed for their faction (i.e., blue and silver for Task Force 141 and red and black for the Konni Group). Those players preordering the Vault Edition can expect to use any of the four Nemesis Operator Skins during the Modern Warfare III Open Beta.

Two Weapon Vaults — Vault Edition Benefit (*1)

Preorder or own the Vault Edition to unlock two incredible FATE Weapon Vaults. Available to test out during the Open Beta, each FATE Weapon Vault is a variant of a Modern Warfare III weapon that keeps its cosmetic properties on all associated attachments native to its base platform. This allows for instant customization, with every related attachment ready for immediate use in either a red and black (the signature colors of the Konni Group) or a blue and silver graphical design (the current colors of Task Force 141), depending on the Vault you’re using.

Season 01: BlackCell Offering (*2) 

Preorder the Vault Edition, and you’ll receive the Modern Warfare III Season 01 BlackCell offering which includes the Battle Pass, BlackCell Sector that includes CP, Battle Token Tier Skips, and more. This exceptional content drop includes the following:

  • Access to a MWIII Season Battle Pass, along with 20 Tier Skips from BlackCell (25 on PlayStation®) and the unlocking of up to 1,400 COD Points.
  • An additional 30 Tier Skips for purchasing the Vault Edition.The BlackCell Sector within the Battle Pass Map with a variety of exclusive content, along with immediate unlocking of adjacent Battle Pass Sectors.
  • BlackCell-only Battle Pass content: expect BlackCell Alt Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, and more.

This also includes the full Battle Pass with access to over 100 rewards across multiple Sectors, such as functional weapons, Blueprints, Operator Skins, Emblems, Skins, Stickers, and other Modern Warfare III–specific content.

Modern Warfare III: Standard Console Cross-Gen and PC Digital Editions

All applicable console and PC platforms have a digital edition of Modern Warfare III, which includes the following preorder benefits for $69.99 Suggested Retail Price or your regional equivalent:

  • Campaign Early Access (Preorder Benefit)
  • Open Beta Early Access (Preorder Benefit)
  • Soap Operator Pack (Preorder Benefit)

Consoles and Cross-Gen Bundle Flexibility: Whether you’re playing Modern Warfare III on PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One, you have flexibility in terms of potential upgrades and platform availability.

Pre-purchase or preorder any Cross Gen Digital Edition — or Vault Edition — for your preferred console, and you’ll have access to the previous generation of Modern Warfare III (PlayStation 4 or Xbox One ), as well as the current generation (PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S).

For players using a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S, when the game becomes available to play, ensure you’re downloading the current generation version of the game rather than the previous generation version, as both may be available to download in the Cross-Gen Bundle.

PC Digital Editions: For players using a PC, the choice is simple: There are two different editions of Modern Warfare III to pre-purchase: the Standard Edition or the Vault Edition. All PC versions are available for pre-purchase via or Steam (*3).

Additional Intel: If you pre-order on, you will have the opportunity to donate to the Call of Duty Endowment (if your purchase is within the U.S.). 100% of your donation, minus transaction fees, funds the placement of veterans into great jobs.

Vault Edition Upgrade: If you preorder or pre-purchase the Standard or Cross-Gen Digital Edition of Modern Warfare III, you can upgrade to the Vault Edition if the upgrade is on the same platform where you initially purchased. For example, if you pre-purchase the Standard Edition, you can upgrade to the Vault Edition at any time until the upgrade offer expires. The upgrade method varies depending on your platform:

PlayStation: Upgrade directly through the Call of Duty in-game store or the platform store where you purchased the Cross-Gen Digital Edition, for $30 or your regional equivalent.

Xbox: Cancel your Cross-Gen Digital Edition preorder, then purchase the Vault Edition through the Call of Duty in-game store, the Call of Duty website, or the platform store. Upgrade directly through the Call of Dutyin-game store or the platform store where you purchased the Standard Edition, for $30 or your regional equivalent.

Steam: Upgrade directly through the Call of Dutyin-game store or the platform store where you purchased the Standard Edition, for $30 or your regional equivalent.

If you preorder or purchase a Physical Edition of Modern Warfare III, you cannot upgrade to a Vault Edition.

Soap Operator Pack (Digital Edition Benefit, Preorder Benefit) (*4)

Johnny “Soap” MacTavish may have been the youngest candidate ever to pass SAS selection, but the levelheadedness he displayed during the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II campaign has only raised his profile and stature, and proven Captain Price right in choosing him for Task Force 141. Now you can instantly unlock the Soap Operator Pack by pre-ordering or pre-purchasing any Digital or Vault Edition of Modern Warfare III.

  • Instantly receive the “Masked Soap” Skin, the “Unmasked Soap” Skin, and the “Shadow Siege” Weapon Blueprint.
  • The Soap Operator Pack can be immediately used in Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone™, and will carry forward, meaning it will also be available in Modern Warfare III, starting at game launch.

Campaign Early Access (Digital Edition Benefit, Preorder Only) (*5)

Fight against the ultimate threat up to one week prior to the game launch: Anyone who digitally preorders Modern Warfare III (Standard or Cross-Gen Digital Edition or Vault Edition) can prepare for Campaign Early Access.

Expect a fight like never before as Task Force 141 gets tested beyond their limits. Combat means making choices, Open Combat Missions where taking different paths through certain Campaign Missions is part of your tactical planning. As well as signature, cinematic Call of Duty Campaign missions, prepare for Open Combat Missions (OCMs) that provide you with more choices, ensuring you adapt to the ultimate threat.

Modern Warfare III: Physical Console Editions, Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Edition

If you’re wanting a physical disc version of Modern Warfare III, you can preorder it now at your preferred gaming retailer. The following versions are available:

  • PlayStation 4: Physical Edition Cross-Gen Bundle (includes PlayStation 5 next-generation version).
  • PlayStation 5: Physical Edition next-generation version (does not include PlayStation 4 version of Modern Warfare III).
  • Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One: Physical Edition Cross-Gen Bundle (includes Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S versions).

There are no Physical Editions available for the PC platform.

Call of Duty Endowment Direct Action Pack (Physical Editions): Exclusive for a limited time to select retailers, there will also be specially marked versions of Modern Warfare III that include the Call of Duty Endowment Direct Action Pack, which comes with an animated emblem, sticker and calling card. The Call of Duty Endowment Direction Action Pack helps veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value veterans bring to the workplace. You can also donate here. Follow the Endowment on social media to learn more about their mission - FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Open Beta Early Access (Digital, and Physical Edition Benefit, Preorder only) (*6)

No matter which edition of the game you preorder, including every digital and physical version, you’ll be granted early access to the game’s Open Beta. Get an early look at the game’s Multiplayer mode, including maps, modes, weapons, and other features and surprises.

There are multiple ways to play the Open Beta:

  • The Early Access Open Beta period (for preorder customers).
  • The Free Access Open Beta period (for everyone).

The Open Beta is free, available across all supported platforms, and hosted over two consecutive playable weekends. Expect additional details and Open Beta dates to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Digital Edition Preorder Customers: You do not need a “Beta Code,” as you will automatically be able to access your  Early Access to the Open Beta.

Physical Edition Preorder Customers: You should have received a “Beta Code” allowing Early Access at the point of sale, at your retailer

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