Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Everything We Know So Far

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Everything We Know So Far

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the widely anticipated direct sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, will have Task Force 141 facing off against the most grueling adversary we all know and hate, Makarov. In this article, we will be discussing all the details and information that we know so far about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, from game modes, movement mechanics, progression systems, customizations, and leaks.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release Date

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 10, 2023, on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, and Xbox One. Pre-orders are now available for purchase across all platforms, along with the dates for the open beta schedules in October.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Open Beta Dates

The Open Beta is scheduled in October, with the first week available exclusively for PlayStation users who pre-ordered the game and followed by all other platforms on its second week. See below for the details scheduled dates for the Open Beta.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Open Beta Dates

Week 1:

  • October 6-7: PlayStation Users who pre-ordered
  • October 8-10: All PlayStation Users

Week 2:

  • October 12-13: PC and Xbox Users who preorder, with PlayStation users.
  • October 14-16: Open Beta on all platforms

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Game Modes


With the gameplay reveal at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023 alongside a Warzone 2.0 Siege event, gameplay footage brings players back to a familiar and beloved place, the Verdansk Gulag, from the original Warzone setting. With everything from door breaches to stealth kills in darkened tunnels using night-vision goggles, it is everything we expect it to be from this explosive franchise.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions

Also announced is that the campaign will have Open Combat Missions, a new way giving players the flexibility of options to complete missions tailored to their own playstyle. Be it a stealth approach or kicking in the door and explosions type approach, players will have the freedom of options to choose from. But then again, not all missions will be open-ended, giving it a new dynamic approach to playing Modern Warfare 3’s campaign.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer and Maps

Modern Warfare 3 will be launching with all 16 maps from 2009’s Modern Warfare 2 that been “modernized”, such as Estate, Favela, Karachi and the beloved Rust, along with new 6v6 maps. Also, a new mode, Cutthroat has also been introduced, a 3v3v3 mode. Also coming back is “War Mode”, previously seen from 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII. Map voting also makes its comeback, making Multiplayer matches more autonomous.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Customization Options


Create-a-Class has also evolved, further allowing players to not only customize their loadouts but also their outfits. From gloves to tactical vests and boots, players can now fine-tune their Operators to their needs. Gunsmith Mode also added in “After-Market” parts for further customization options and allows them to focus their preferred specific playstyle.


And the new “Tac-Stance”, a new mechanic feature where it would “unshoulder the weapon and hold it in a canted stance, a sort middle ground between ADS and hip fire”, specifically made for close-quarters battles.

Zombies Mode

Also confirmed is an all-new open-world Zombies mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. First introduced in the Black Ops series, it is reported to be a DMZ mode with Zombies where you can squad up to 4 players and have items to exfil. It is also said to be part of the Treyarch Zombies storyline. This is a first in the Modern Warfare franchise with a make-or-break possibility, but we did have a Halloween-themed event from 2019’s Modern Warfare that also featured Zombies. Fans have been divided about this news. With its release, only time will tell.

Classic Minimap and Slide Cancel

Activision also announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be bringing back the classic minimap with red dot indicators, stepping away from that god-awful compass floating above our HUDs. and also confirmed that slide canceling is back, as it was removed from last year’s Modern Warfare 2, which sparked outrage from the COD community. Along with improvements with the movement mechanics.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Carry Forward Progress

Honoring players with their investments and countless hours of gameplay, “Carry Forward” refers to the weapons, cosmetics and bundles owned by players to be carried over, to a certain extent, to MW3 on Day One. Some items available on MW2 and Warzone 2.0 will also be carried over to Modern Warfare 3 Season 1 as soon as it starts.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Operator Skins

Some operator skins will also be made available, including those from Store Bundles. But other skins that require certain prerequisites to unlock may not be available, such as Campaign specific operators. Like the operator shown above, Nova, which can only be unlocked by completing the ‘Violence and Timing’ campaign mission in Modern Warfare 2.

  • A Modern Warfare 2 player can only use this operator when they finish the unlock requisite required for it.
  • A Modern Warfare 3-only player cannot access this operator skin.
  • A Store Bundle released in Modern Warfare 3 that features Nova as the operator would also be accessible Modern Warfare 3.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Weapons

Yes. Weapons and blueprints will be carried over into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, although each weapons’ unlock challenge must be completed in order for it to be used in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and blueprints that are also available in store bundles will also be available. For example, the M13B shown above, can only be unlocked by defeating the Chemist boss in DMZ or by killing another player carrying the weapon and then exfilling with it. After which then the weapon can both be used and leveled up in Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PC Expected System Requirements

PC players are also on the lookout for the minimum and recommended system requirements for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. While neither Sledgehammer Games or Activision has released the official list for the system requirements, it is expected to be the same as, if not identical to its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as listed below:

  • CPU – Intel Core i3-6100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • GPU – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • Video Memory / RAM – 2 GB and 8 GB respectively
  • Storage – 72 GB or so at launch

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Leaks

Gear system and Ninja Perk

Leaks claim that the Ninja perk will be making its comeback, along with a new Gear perk system, which suggests that players get to equip items such as helmets, gloves and boots. With that in mind, it may imply that the Ninja perk may be a pair of boots and the Fast Hands perk could be a pair of gloves, indicating a new customization dynamic for players.


Some leaks and data miners also suggest that Spawn, Ash Williams, Skeletor and Alucard are some of the operators to be released in Modern Warfare 3.

Warzone Map

With information from leakers state that the new map could be a version of Las Almas, from Modern Warfare 2’s campaign, with a Downtown section that is very “Verdansk-like” and reportedly would feature the classic MW3 map ‘Overwatch’ in the center of the map.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Trailers

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions Intel Drop:

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 will be released on November 10, 2023, on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC and Xbox One.