Everything We Know About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Spec Ops

If you played through the Spec Ops missions in Modern Warfare 2, you ought to know what to expect form MW3′s cooperative mode of the same name. It includes co-op missions you can run with a teammate over either online or splitscreen play. It’s mostly more of the same except for one big change: Modern Warfare 3′s answer to the popular Zombies mode that appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: World at War.

Survival Mode

Infinity Ward doesn’t include a zombies mode in its games — that’s Treyarch’s bit — but it’s hard to deny the popularity of the zombie-blasting co-op mode (or similar modes like Gears of War’s “Horde”). So Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer have thrown in their own riff on the wave-by-wave survival mode, and included it in Modern Warfare 3′s “Spec Ops” co-op mode.

Survival is a lot like zombies, if you’re familiar with that model. Players take on waves of enemies, earning money by killing them. Instead of zombies, though, Survival mode uses the kinds of enemies you’re used to seeing in Modern Warfare games: soldiers with guns, juggernauts, dogs and even helicopters. As players earn money, they can purchase upgraded weapons and ammunition, as well as the kind of stuff you might find in the regular multiplayer modes, like sentry guns and air support. You can even summon an AI Navy SEALs team to come help you out.

On the other hand, each wave becomes tougher to kill as you progress through Survival. First you’ll fight soldiers; later, soldiers with body armor; and then soldiers with body armor and suicide bombs that explode when they die. You’ll fight dogs, which can kill you in one hit, and eventually those dogs will have C4 strapped to them, as well. But teammates can revive one another if things get really bad, so as long as one person’s still alive, it’s possible to keep going.

Call of Duty: Elite

Activision’s new tiered Call of Duty stat-tracking social networking platform has been available in beta for some Black Ops players over the last few months, but it’ll be in Modern Warfare 3 that Beachhead Studio’s service really hits its stride. Elite is baked deeply into much of the Modern Warfare 3 experience, tracking all kinds of stats and information for players. It’ll be free to all players, but also includes a premium subscription tier that includes contests and other premium video content. If you purchase the Hardened Edition of the game at launch, you’ll get a free year of Elite service as well.

Elite will include all kinds of cool stuff, like clan support and clan leveling, lots of contents that include real prizes (as well as in-game rewards), and a ton of social networking support that allows players to create groups and interact with one another a whole lot more than they might otherwise.

We’ve had a new Call of Duty game come out every year for the last half-decade at this point, but it seems that Modern Warfare 3 will include quite a few new features to increase the value of the title. Check back on Nov. 7 for our review to see if all this new stuff is worth lining up for a midnight release.

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