Beachhead Studios, Activision, Infinity Ward: Previews of the New Call of Duty!
The next installment of the popular franchise Call of Duty is about to see another Modern Warfare game. Information is slowly being released about Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, so bookmark this page to keep up to date on all of it as it comes!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is coming Nov. 8, 2011. Battles w ill take place all around the world, from Manhatten, to Paris, to Dubai. "The game opens moments after the cliffhanger ending of Modern Warfare 2 with the U.S. struggling to stave off a surprise Russian attack. The single-player campaign will ping-pong players around the world as they take on the multiple throwaway roles as a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, SAS Operative, tank gunner, and AC-130 gunner as well as key characters from previous installments and new recurring characters."
The game will include two new named characters, "Frost" and "Sandman." In addition, it will show the return of Modern Warfare 2's Spec Ops mode, with two types: Survival and Mission.
Kotaku has come upon nearly complete spoilers for the game's single player campaign, so if you're interested in that, check it out here: Where You'll Go, How You'll Kill, and Who Will Die in Modern Warfare 3
The Multiplayer mode features as many as 20 maps with names released to this point, although that is subject to possible change. Some could be cut and others could be added, or reserved for future map packs.
Modern Warfare 3 Teasers and Trailers
The official Modern Warfare 3 website is live, with a bunch of teaser information. Preview videos for major locations in the game, and an announcement: a real trailer will be shown during the Western Conference Finals on May 23rd. Watch for it!
At the end of each of the teaser trailers, a voice in Russian speaks. What do these phrases mean? Here's a translation!
America: "1. Destroy the enemy's hope of victory."
England: "2. Use everything to your advantage."
France: "3. Exploit your enemy's weaknesses."
Germany: "4. Attack from an unexpected side."
It's unknown at this time just what these phrases mean or what impact they may have. It's unlikely to be a sort of ARG, what with the limited time before the game's release and no clue towards anything beyond just the phrases. More likely they are instructions for the enemy side in the Campaign mode of Modern Warfare 3. They certainly sound like instructions for a terrorist cell or rebellion of some sort, don't they?
If you have any new information about Modern Warfare 3, please leave us tips in the comments! We strive to be up to date on information.
Activision and Blizzard have talked about the studio known as Beachhead, and it's new online platform supposedly dedicated to a better online experience than ever before. Beachhead is focusing on creating a new online platform specifically for the Call of Duty series. So what does this mean for us? "Announced in Activision's conference call [...], this new studio is expected to follow in the massively successful footsteps of Blizzard's Battle.net service."
What does this mean, when stripped of it's buzzwords? Well here are a few things that might come of it (or might not! None of this is confirmed.)
Digital Distribution. With the success of Battle.net and the "innovative new digital platform" Beachhead is talking about, it's almost guaranteed you'll never need to see a disk for your Modern Warfare 3.
Dedicated Servers for Consoles. One of the biggest problems in online multiplayer for recent Call of Duty games has been the lag of connecting peer to peer, the drops of a host causing games to end, and other such shenanigans. All that can be solved with the backing of a solid system.
Cross-Platform Play. No longer will there be a separation between PS3 and XBOX360 players. "They say it will offer a "suite of services" "integration with consoles", connections to PC gaming and will even offer "exclusive content."
Freemium Content. This one is the biggest rumor and the least likely, but still poss ible. Beyond simple twice-a-year Map Packs, a digital base like Battle.net allows Beachhead to push content more often, without needing to go through various certification processes on XBOX Live and the Playstation Network. If it happens, expect to see a playable online game, but a ton of customization options available for a small fee. After all, they're preparing "special services" that is "able to be monetized." It could be a monthly new map. It could be premium gun camo. It could be purchasable titles and emblems. There's no way to know for sure until more information is announced. (Note: Activision has confirmed a free, microtransaction-supported Call of Duty title for Chinese release, but it's unlikely to see release in the West.)
Remember, most of this is hypothetical; information will be updated as we learn more.
Multiple Articles on Kotaku: http://kotaku.com/
Activision Announces Beachhead Studios on Gameinformer: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/02/09/activision-announces-beachhead-studios.aspx
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