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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (stylized as CALL OF DUTY: MW3, and also known as COD: MW3, Modern Warfare 3, or simply MW3) is the eighth main Call of Duty game, and the fifth developed by Infinity Ward. It's the sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Activision confirmed the title was in pre-production on April 9, 2010[1] and was released on November 8, 2011.[2] Sledgehammer Games, originally planning to work on the canceled action-adventure Call of Duty, worked with Infinity Ward to complete all aspects of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Raven Software assisted with the user interface and downloadable content, as they have with previous Call of Duty games. The downloadable content was released once a month over a period of nine months. It was free to users of Call of Duty ELITE if they had the Premium version of the service.[3] Sledgehammer was aiming for a bug-free Call of Duty title and ratings above 95%.[4]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 uses an upgraded IW 4.0 engine, dubbed the "MW3 engine" instead of "IW 5.0" out of courtesy for Sledgehammer Games.[5]

When a massive amount of leaked information was revealed by gaming news site Kotaku on May 13, 2011, Robert Bowling responded in a tweet stating: "A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on #MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal."[6] Later that day, four teaser trailers for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 were released on Call of Duty's official YouTube channel. Each one revealed a different location: New York, London, Paris, and Berlin.

The full reveal trailer was released on May 23, 2011. The trailer was leaked almost two hours before the scheduled air time, prompting Activision to officially release the reveal trailer earlier than planned. The reveal featured sequences from combat in all four of the previously confirmed locations.

The single player trailer, Redemption, was released on October 7, 2011, revealing bits of the story of the campaign, including the return of Captain Price as he continues his hunt for Makarov.

The Launch Trailer was released on the 21st, labeling "the next chapter in the worldwide phenomenon" as "the most anticipated game in history."

Official Site[]

The official site was launched on May 18. The site currently contains an interactive map with the four locations seen in the teaser trailers along with a News column, a collection of screenshots, and videos.


"It doesn't take the most powerful nations on Earth to create the next global conflict. Just the will of a single man."
Vladimir Makarov


Hours after killing General Shepherd, Captain John Price and Nikolai evacuate a dying John "Soap" MacTavish to a safehouse run by Nikolai’s allies in Template:W, India. While Soap receives medical attention, a large group of men under Vladimir Makarov's command, storm the safe-house in an attempt to kill the three. A soldier named Yuri, aids Price in giving Soap medical attention, securing a safe route to the extraction point out of the country.

The Russian invasion of the United States continues, culminating in the Battle of Lower Manhattan. A Delta Force team with the call sign “Metal” under the command of Sandman is deployed in New York City to repel the Russian assault along the Template:W. Team Metal succeeds in destroying a jamming device mounted on the rooftop of the Template:W building and escapes on a Black Hawk helicopter and later assists the U.S. Navy SEALs in boarding a Russian Oscar II to use its ordnance against the Russian Navy. As a result of Team Metal's actions, the Russians withdraw from the East Coast, and presumably, the United States as a whole.

Two months later, Russian President Vorshevsky announces plans to make peace with the United States at a summit in Template:W, Germany. During the announcement, several men who are loyal to Makarov sabotage the plane. Agents from the Federal Protective Service are able to escort Alena Vorshevsky, Vorshevsky's daughter out of danger, but Vorshevsky himself is kidnapped.

With Soap largely recovered from his injuries, Yuri gives Price intelligence about an arms deals involving Makarov in Template:W. Task Force 141, now consisting of only Price, Soap, Nikolai and Yuri - head to one of the storehouses only to find the contents of the warehouse empty. The three push their way into a church situated in the center of town, but are too late in retrieving the cargo. Coming across a shipping manifest, Price learns that there are three packages that contain chemical weapons being distributed across Europe, meant to be used for assaulting Paris, Berlin, and London. Price covertly informs his former mentor, Captain MacMillan, who is now the Baseplate of the SAS, of his findings and asks for intelligence as a favor for Pripyat; this leads them to a local warlord in Template:W.

Meanwhile, a British SAS team led by Sergeant Wallcroft is deployed to prevent the use of one of the chemical weapons payloads in London. They secure the dockyards and pursue the terrorists through the underground metro system. The SAS team destroys a truck suspected to carry the chemical weapons, only to discover it is a decoy. The actual truck carrying the bomb detonates elsewhere in London. Dozens of other chemical attacks are revealed to have been successfully conducted in major cities throughout western Europe. In Hamburg, Team Metal is deployed to rescue the Vice President of the United States, being aided by M1 Abrams tanks in the area, after the Russian military launches a land invasion of Germany immediately following the chemical attacks.

Task Force 141, and Nikolai’s men assault the warlord’s village in Somalia, where they learn from the warlord that he made a physical transaction with a bomb-maker named Volk in Paris. Operating on the intelligence acquired by Price, Team Metal executes a joint operation with the French GIGN to capture Volk. Team Metal is successful in the operation, albeit at the cost of the Template:W’s destruction. Volk gives up information about a meeting held by Makarov in Template:W.

With the aid of Kamarov, Price, Soap, and Yuri infiltrate the city with the intention of assassinating Makarov. Price takes a position in the Hotel Lustig, while Soap and Yuri provide cover from a nearby church. However, the assassination attempt goes awry when Makarov takes Kamarov hostage, revealing that he is aware of Yuri’s alliance with Price and Soap. The church is rigged with explosives and detonated, sending Yuri and Soap falling to the ground, while Price barely evades a bomb-laden Kamarov. Yuri survives, but Soap is wounded. The three take refuge in a nearby resistance safehouse, where Soap succumbs to his wounds after telling Price about Makarov’s knowledge of Yuri. Enraged, Price punches Yuri down a flight of stairs and threatens to execute him. Through flashbacks, Yuri describes his role with the Russian Ultranationalists, having been present at Price’s attempted assassination mission of Zakhaev, the nuclear detonation in the Middle East, and the airport massacre in Moscow. Yuri attempted to prevent the massacre, but was wounded by Makarov before it happened. Price decides to keep the alliance with Yuri, and the two follow up a lead on Makarov’s suspected fortress, provided by Baseplate, or, Macmillan. Price and Yuri infiltrate the fortress and learn of President Vorshevsky’s captivity, as well as recent intelligence that the President’s daughter is in Berlin. Price and Yuri destroy the base and relay the intelligence to Team Metal. Team Metal acts on Price’s findings and attempts to reach the safehouse where Vorshevsky's daughter has taken refuge, but they are too late to prevent her capture.

A joint rescue operation composed of Task Force 141 and Team Metal - with the exception of Sergeant Derek “Frost” Westbrook - is carried out in a diamond mine in Template:W. The team is successful in saving both of the Vorshevskys, but Sandman, along with other members of Team Metal are killed as the mine collapses during their extraction. The rescue mission brings about the end of the conflict between the United States and Russia.

With the war over, Price and Yuri track Makarov to the Hotel Oasis in the Template:W. The pair wear Juggernaut armor and are virtually unstoppable until they are attacked by a helicopter  inside of an elevator. Their armor catches fire, and they are forced to shed it shorty after. They had 4 minutes to find Makarov, so the two then head to the restaurant where he was reported to be. But a helicopter shoots rockets at the two, and the atrium explodes. The floor collapses, and Price narrowly escapes falling to his death. After clambering up, he sees that Yuri has been impaled on a metal rod, and tells Price to go on. Makarov attempts to escape via helicopter, but Price manages to sabotage it. Rounding on Price, Makarov prepares to execute him, only to be interrupted by Yuri. Makarov kills his former ally, giving Price enough time to strangle Makarov with a loose cable and breaking the hotel's glass roof for him to hang freely. Price survives the fall and victoriously lights a cigar while watching Makarov’s hanging corpse.


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  • Himachal Pradesh

United States of America[]

  • New York City, New York
  • Brooklyn Battery Tunnel

"Command Point"[]

  • Russian Presidential Aircraft

Sierra Leone[]

  • Sherbro

United Kingdom[]

  • London, England


  • Hamburg
  • Berlin


  • Boosaaso


  • Paris

Czech Republic[]

  • Prague


  • An unknown diamond mine, Eastern Siberia

Arabian Peninsula[]

  • Dubai, UAE


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The player wielding an ACR 6.8 in an early build of Multiplayer

The Multiplayer was revealed to the general public during the Call of Duty XP Event on September 2 and 3, 2011. Attendees were able to experience multiplayer gameplay two months before the game's release.

The core multiplayer gameplay has been likened to a spiritual combination of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 but with several major additions:

  • Each Prestige now has 80 levels.
  • New, changed and removed perks, as well as the re-inclusion of Overkill.
  • Weapon Proficiencies allow for further class and weapon customization.
  • Each weapon now has its own individual rank (known as Weapon Level) and in order to level up the weapon a player needs to use it to unlock its attachments, proficiencies and challenges.
  • The old killstreak system has replaced with the Strike Chain, with three different Strike Packages for pointstreaks to choose from: Assault, Support, and Specialist.
  • Two new game types called Kill Confirmed and Team Defender.
  • Players have the ability to scroll pointstreak rewards.
  • Players have the ability to set a separate pointstreak progression for each custom class.
  • There is now a visible pointstreak counter included in the HUD.
  • Players' pointstreaks restart after their last pointstreak reward is reached, without needing to die to restart their streak.
  • Private matches now have a variety of pre-set custom game modes.
  • There are 16 multiplayer maps on the disc, and each one of them is also playable in Survival Mode. However, the maps differ in difficulty.
  • Online Split-Screen returns from Call of Duty: Black Ops.
  • Theater Mode returns from Call of Duty: Black Ops.
  • There are more options for disabled players and those who are handicapped.
  • The player needs to level up separately once again in offline split-screen, unlike in Call of Duty: Black Ops, where everything is unlocked.
  • Added on later to the game were game modes called "Community Playlists", including Infected, Drop Zone, FFA Gunplay, and Money in the Denk.

Prestige Shop[]

Every time a player enters Prestige mode they may choose one of the following rewards from the Prestige Shop:

  • Extra custom class
  • Double XP
  • Double weapon XP
  • Regular Package
  • Unlock Gear
  • Hardened Package
  • Veteran Package
  • Reset all stats

Multiplayer Maps[]

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Special Ops[]

A completely new feature is the addition of a ranking system similar to Multiplayer's. The player earns experience points in Survival and Mission Modes, unlocking new missions for mission mode and new weapons, equipment, perks for Survival Mode.

Mission Mode[]

Main article: Mission Mode

Mission Mode is a mode similar to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Special Ops co-op mode. It features various missions such as timed missions or objectives, as opposed to Survival Mode's wave-based gameplay.

Survival Mode[]

Main article: Survival Mode

Survival Mode is a new mode featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's Special Ops mode in which players must fend off waves of A.I. controlled enemies on various multiplayer maps.


Survival Mode.

The waves are randomized, yet increasingly difficult, so that in the later stages of the game, players can expect to face multiple Juggernauts, Dogs and Suicide Bombers strapped with C4 and enemy air support. There is no means of winning in this game mode, as the waves will continue until the player has lost. Like other Special Ops missions, co-op is available for this mode, both online or split-screen.[7]Template:SurvivalmodeTemplate:Clear


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Perks, Strike Packages, and Deathstreaks[]



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Hardened Edition[]

The Hardened Edition is the only collectors edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.[8] It is valued at $99.99 plus tax. The Hardened Edition includes:

  • The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 game disc, featuring unique disc art
  • 1-year Call of Duty Elite premium membership, including:
    - 20 pieces of Modern Warfare 3 downloadable content delivered over a nine month period
    - Incredible variety, including new multiplayer maps, Special Ops missions and game modes
    - Ownership of all downloadable content, even if one's membership expires
    - Prized Events, Operations, Leagues and custom in-game playlist and modes
  • Special Founder status on Call of Duty: ELITE, including:
    - Unique Founder weapon camouflage and profile skin
    - Exclusive Founder in-game Player Card and Emblem
    - Access to the private "Founder" Group
    - Special Founder Clan XP boost
    - Special Founder Operations, Events and Leagues
    - Exclusive Founder prizes and experiences
  • Premium, collectible steel book case
  • Exclusive Animated Timeline PlayStation Network Theme
  • Exclusive Special Ops Juggernaut Xbox LIVE outfit
  • Limited edition, collectible field journal chronicling the entire saga with 100+ pages of authentic military sketches, diagrams and written entries (Soap's Journal)


Call of Duty Classified Intel Pack[]

As part of GAME UK's pre-order special, all pre-order customers receive a "Classified Intel Pack" when they pick up their copy of the game.


  • 4 hours double XP voucher
  • Exclusive avatar for Xbox 360 voucher
  • Exclusive theme for PlayStation 3 voucher
  • Art cards with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty ELITE artwork
  • Miniature in-depth strategy guide for the mission "Black Tuesday"


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  • This game has been referenced in the sitcoms "Two Broke Girls" and "Two and a Half Men".
    • It was also mentioned in a commercial involving the characters from "The Big Bang Theory" and Conan O'Brien.
  • The game was featured in G.I. Joe: Retaliation in which Duke and Roadblock (played by Channing Tatum and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson respectively) are playing on Survival mode in the map "Village".