Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Vault Edition vs. Standard – Is It Worth It?


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is slated to have its November 10, 2023 release. With Task Force 141 ready to get back in the game with its most anticipated antagonist yet. Here we’ll talk about the various versions of the game available on release and which one to buy, along with the associated rewards and bonuses for purchasing either the Vault Edition or Standard Edition.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be available for pre-orders on the following platforms:

  • PlayStation 5
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • Xbox One
  • Steam

What’s inside the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Vault Edition?

For the most hardcore players and fans, the Vault Edition is the ultimate option. Providing you with exceptional benefits, the Vault Edition will give players the additional firepower, cosmetics and advantage needed to get the edge over others. It also includes access to the BlackCell Battle Pass and all its rewards given to you on Day One of release. See the list below for the details included with the Vault Edition:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Vault Edition Content:

  • Base Copy of the Game
  • Campaign Early Access [Pre-Order Benefit]
  • Open Beta Early Access [Pre-Order Benefit]
  • Soap Operator Pack
  • Nemesis Operator Pack
  • Two Weapon Vaults
  • BlackCell Season One, including Battle Pass, BlackCell Sector with 1,100 CP and 55 Tier Skips

Nemesis Operator Pack

When you pre-order the Vault Edition, on Day One you will unlock 4 renowned Operators for use immediately upon release:

  • Captain Price
  • Ghost
  • Warden
  • Makarov

Each of these operators will have animated skins sporting their own respective faction colors with Blue and Silver for Task Force 141 and Black and Red for the Konni Group. Those who pre-ordered can expect the skins to be used during the Open Beta.

FATE Weapon Vault

Owning the Vault Edition grants players access to two FATE Weapon Vaults. Available for use during the Open Beta, each Weapon Vault is a variant of the new Modern Warfare 3 weapons that keeps its cosmetic properties on all its attachments associated with its weapon platform. With each of its attachments ready for immediate use, players can have their weapons in the Konni Group colors of red and black, or the Task Force 141 colors of Silver and Blue.

Season 1 BlackCell Offering

Vault Edition Price: $99.99 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC)

Availability: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

In addition to pre-ordering the Vault Edition, you’ll also have access to the BLACKCELL offering. Which includes the Battle Pass, BlackCell Sector that has CP, Battle Token Tier Skips. When purchasing this, you don’t have to put in the extra time necessary in grinding your way through multiple sectors of the Battle Pass.

Listed below are some of the benefits with the BlackCell Offering:

  • Modern Warfare 3 Battle Pass Access, unlocking of 1,400 CP and 20 Tier Skips on BlackCell (25 on PlayStation)
  • Additional 30 Tier Skips for the Pre-Order of the Vault Edition
  • The BlackCell sector of the Battle Pass map, along with immediate unlocking of adjacent Battle Pass sectors
  • BlackCell-only Battle Pass Access – Alt Operator Skins and Weapon Blueprints

What’s inside the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Standard Edition

Standard Edition Price: $69.99 (PS5, PS4 – cross-gen edition, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC)

Availability: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

The most basic version and the cheapest, this edition is for the ones who think about the price and just want to get in the game immediately and without thinking too much about the additional benefits. Also ideal for the newcomers to the game who only want to learn the ropes. Pre-ordering the game will also give you the Soap Operator Pack.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Standard Edition Content:

  • Base Copy of the Game
  • Soap Operator Pack
  • Campaign Early Access [Pre-Order Benefit]
  • Open Beta Early Access [Pre-Order Benefit]

Soap Operator Pack

Pre-ordering any Digital or Vault Edition will grant you access to the Soap Operator Pack. This pack contains 2 unique Operator Skins, a Weapon Blueprint and will immediately be available for use in the Open Beta and release of Modern Warfare 3. This Pack can also be used in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone and will carry forward into Modern Warfare 3.

Soap Operator Pack Content:

  • “Masked Soap” Operator Skin
  • “Unmasked Soap” Operator Skin
  • “Shadow Siege” Weapon Blueprint

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Physical Editions

For those who want to own the physical copies of Modern Warfare 3, you can now pre-order it at your preferred gaming retailers. Standard physical editions of the PS4 and Xbox platforms are labeled with the ‘Cross-Gen Edition’ tag, as the PS4 physical copies also work on the PS5 and Xbox editions are playable on the Series X|S and Xbox One. Also note that the Physical Copies cannot be upgraded to the Modern Warfare 3 Vault Edition.

  • PlayStation 4: Physical Edition Cross Gen Bundle [includes PS5 next-gen version]
  • PlayStation 5: Physical Edition Next-Gen Version [does not include the PS4 version]
  • Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One: Physical Edition Cross-Gen Bundle

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Retailer Exclusive Bonuses

When you also pre-order the game at your preferred gaming retailers, either Physical or Digital, you will get some of the bonus items listed below:

Retailer-exclusive bonuses:

  • GameStop – Steelbook Case
  • Walmart – KontrolFreek Thumbsticks

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Vault Edition, is it worth it?

As with all past Modern Warfare games, getting the opportunity to play the campaign a week early is a must, and that comes when purchasing either the Standard or Vault Editions. Although PlayStation users have exclusive early access to the Open Beta ahead of all other platforms though.

But when you are just a casual player playing some multiplayer matches or getting that W in Battle Royale and without giving a second thought on all the various cosmetic rewards granted by the Vault Edition, then the Standard one is for you.

But when you have the money, love to customize, then Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Vault Edition is definitely worth it. Overall, the Vault Edition is essential, and this will please the most hardcore fans of the game. With all that exclusive content included, all the weapons and attachments available early on, you’ll have that much needed head-start on the competition upon Modern Warfare 3’s release.