Call of Duty: Black Ops currently holds the title as the best-selling game of all time in the UK. So when a Modern Warfare 3 announcement was made earlier this year along with the emergence of its shooter rival Battlefield 3, eclipsing the success of its CoD predecessor is always going to be a tall order.
Despite still being a few months away from a Modern Warfare 3 release, more details continue to emerge giving us an insight of how the cinematic shooter is likely to look.
Taking you through the first sight of the trailer to the already growing price war, here's our round-up of what we know so far about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Modern Warfare 3 trailer
After a series of teaser trailers were released situated in Germany, France, US and the UK (which caused some controversy), and leaked game details discovered by Kotaku, Activision made it all official with the release of the first Modern Warfare 3 trailer. Giving us a taste of the next CoD installment, the trailer which you can watch below, reveals levels set in America’s New York City as well as Europe’s leading cities including London, Paris and Berlin.
Modern Warfare 3 gameplay video
We managed to get our first glimpse at extensive gameplay footage at Microsoft's E3 2011 press conference. In the video below, we pick up the action underwater before eventually surfacing in a war torn New York skyline. It's fair to say that it is shaping up to be another visually stunning looking game.
Modern Warfare 3 guns and weapons
There has been no official run down of artillery set to be at your disposal in Modern Warfare 3, but from the series of trailers and images released so far, imodernware3.com have compiled a list of weapons which are likely to feature, including a foldable machine pistol, a M4 assault rifle and a M320 grenade launcher.
Modern Warfare 3 features
Again, details of new features have been scarce, but from early glimpses and previews, CoD fans can expect the return of Spec Ops mode from Modern Warfare 2, serving up a selection of co-op missions including a 'Survival' mode.
Interestingly though, Modern Warfare 3 co-developer, Sledgehammer Games have announced that the shooter will support assist modes for colour-blind gamers.
Michael Condrey, co-founder of Sledgehammer Games revealed in a recent interview that it is estimated that “nearly a million gamers are playing Call of Duty every day with this [colour-blindness] issue.”
He added: “I am happy to report that we are working on a Colour-Blind Assist option for Modern Warfare 3.”
Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer
Key to the success of previous Call of Duty games, it has been reported that Infinity Ward (with the help of Raven Software) have drafted in a team of intense testers to weed out glitches and bugs in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer content.
The developer has reportedly hired the services of the mapMonkeys, a team of gamers with a reputation of being the pinnacle pre-release testing priding themselves on outing glitches and sections of broken code that could give gamers an unfair advantage in multiplayer modes.
“They’re a great addition to an already rigorous QA process that the internal team here at Infinity Ward / Sledgehammer and additionally at Activision have been doing since development began,” Robert Bowling a creative strategist at Infinity Ward said.
“While we’ve been hammering away testing on it since it’s been up and running, these guys focus specifically on exploits that can potentially be used to an unfair advantage, such as getting outside a map’s playable area, inside geo, or find weapon / equipment exploits that were not intended by the designer so that we can catch and address these before it gets out to the public.”
Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer gameplay video
Modern Warfare 3 price
PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers will be able to snap up Modern Warfare 3 for an upfront payment of £44.99 with PC CoD fans needing to splash out £39.99 to secure themselves a copy of the game.
Just as it did with Modern Warfare 2 last year, the Modern Warfare 3 price war has already kicked off with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s now offering the game for a pre-order price of £36.
With Xbox 360 and PS3 releases of Modern Warfare 3 touting a £54.99 RRP, retailers have already begun undercutting each other in an attempt to attract the largest pre-order numbers. Whilst Amazon.co.uk has Modern Warfare 3 available priced at £42.91, GAME is offering the release for £39.99.
Offering a 20 per cent discount to its first 500 pre-orders retailer Sainsbury’s is offering the upcoming addition to the Call of Duty franchise for just £36. Prices and deals for what will arguably be the biggest game of the year are expected to drop in the coming months ahead of the title’s formal pre-Christmas release.
Modern Warfare 3 UK release date
After countless rumours of a release date and a pre-order appearance on Amazon, games retailer GAME.co.uk announced that Modern Warfare 3 will launch in the UK on November 8th 2011. Now available to pre-order, GAME's Head of UK PR, Neil Ashurst announced: "Call of Duty is one of most the iconic gaming franchises of this generation, with both Modern Warfare one and two being two of biggest selling games of all time. The next installment, Modern Warfare 3, will be released on 8th November 2011 and we know our customers can’t wait get their hands on it!"
Modern Warfare 3 video
Source: T3 video