Two weeks ago, we posted a large number of unconfirmed rumours
about this year's instalment of the Call of Duty franchise, Modern Warfare 3
. Since then, we've had four teaser trailers and a longer official trailer
, confirming that the conflict would be taking place in London, New York, France and Germany. Nothing else has been confirmed... until now.
Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games held a demonstration of the single player campaign in Los Angeles last week, and more details have emerged. Modern Warfare 3
does indeed follow on from where Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
left off. As Glen Schofield, head of Sledgehammer explains: "DC is burning, Task Force 141 is either dead or on the run, and battles rage all along the eastern seaboard." The combat takes place "all over Europe, parts of Africa, Russia, [and] the Himalayas", with a focus on urban environments.
One of the two levels that were demonstrated was "Black Tuesday". Here, players assume the role of a soldier in Delta Team, who must make their way through Manhattan to Wall Street, where the Russians have taken control. To get there, the team heads through a Russian populated destroyed building and across an exposed open street. The 9 Bang Flash Grenade is a new weapon that players will be able to use in this situation, alongside a sniper rifle that packs explosive rounds.
The combat continues on the trading floor of the Stock Exchange, after which you head up to the roof of the building. The enemies on top of nearby buildings must be taken out, and only a Reaper drone will do. Once the rooftops are cleared, the team leaps into a helicopter, only to have to take down an enemy helicopter before being able to leave the area.
The second level was titled "Mind the Gap", set in London. The player has to use stealth to follow targets. Typically for Modern Warfare though, this breaks into a full-blown firefight with a friendly helicopter providing air support. After this, a new scene begins where the player has to race through the London Tube network on the back of a pickup truck whilst engaging with a train. This scene ends when the train derails, crashes through the support columns holding up the tunnel and collides with your truck.
It's not only the single player which has been the focus of attention. Game Hunters
managed to get a hands-on preview with the Spec Ops mode. Spec Ops has been improved since Modern Warfare 2
, and has now gained a progressive ranking system, online matchmaking system and leaderboards. It is the new survival mode that was the focus of the demo though.
The survival mode sees players face an unlimited number of ever-increasing waves of enemies in the bid to survive for as long as possible. The map on show was called "Dome", a "derelict Cold War-era desert radar command bunker".
Players can use in-game currency to buy equipment to help themselves, such as turret guns. The waves become more challenging as time goes on, with attack dogs joining the fray. These become suicide bomber dogs later on, and explode seconds after they've been shot. In the wave after this, kamikaze soldiers also start appearing. The juggernauts are also returning, but come in several different flavours.
Infinity Ward's creative strategist Robert Bowling talks up tactics:
You definitely have to change up your strategy as the enemy changes up. Obviously how you fight the kamikaze dudes is different from how you fight the normal dudes and how you fight a dog is different from a dude and how you fight juggernauts, they are not only big and armored, so they will just brute force come at you. But they each have their own way of being taken out effectively.Modern Warfare 3
is due to be released worldwide on November 8th.