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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III brings a direct sequel to MWII, plus brings back zombies mode

Activision’s big Call of Duty reveal party was today, and this time Modern Warfare III is looking to shake up the FPS franchise.

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Not revealed all that long ago, today Activision took the wraps off of a much deeper look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III. As CoD’s go, it’s one that will be shaking up a few conventions that have held true for the franchise, and also adding some genuinely intriguing new options.

For one thing, it’s Modern Warfare. That alone is a bit different, since Activision has traditionally (at the very least) alternated year over year, delivering sequels two years or more apart. We figured that 2023 would bring a new Black Ops, or maybe something altogether new, but that’s not to be. Instead the publisher has tapped Sledgehammer Games, who partnered with Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward, and went back into what’s really been the biggest and most consistent sub-series.

Here’s the first look at Modern Warfare III:

Looking good as usual. On top of the brief tease at the game’s story, today also served to announce a few key additions. Aside from multiplayer, because of course it’ll have that, this MW title will also include a ‘zombies’ mode. While it might not sound odd to someone who’s only a casual CoD fan, the popular zombies multiplayer mode hasn’t been a part of Call of Duty games under the Modern Warfare heading. And not only will there be a mode, but Activision says it’ll feature the largest zombies open-world map ever, with “a host of secrets to discover”.

Multi, zombies, and more

On the multiplayer side, you already know that Modern Warfare III will “Carry Forward” a whole mess of stuff from last year’s MWII. But the title will also bring 16 remastered maps over from MWI2. No, no… read that again, because we don’t mean Modern Warfare II. Sledgehammer will actually be bringing maps from the original “Modern Warfare 2”, from 2009, to MWIII. Those maps won’t just be better looking retreads either, as they will host “new modes, mechanics, and gameplay”, plus include three “brand-new Battle Maps and the return of War Mode!”

But even that wasn’t all, as Call of Duty will be getting something totally original with Open Combat Missions. Meant to compliment the game’s campaign, it sounds as though Open Combat Missions will be essentially expand what’s contained within MWIII’s story. You’ll also be able to tackle these missions any way you like, and can outfit your character for either stealth or frontal assaults. Activision is billing the mode as a “play how you want to play” experience, which has never been done before in a CoD title.

While those are the bullets, there’s much more that was announced today. You can take a look at all of it, right here on the official Call of Duty blog. And once you’re done with that, the waiting game begins, as Modern Warfare III heads towards a November 10th launch.

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