Multiplayer Details Leaked for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Earlier today, details pertaining to the multiplayer aspect of MW3 were leaked and released by gaming blog Kotaku. As well as multiplayer details, players will be excited to hear about an official November 8th release date, maps, perks, and killstreak information.

Most of has have seen the Modern Warfare 3 Revealer, but this really only gives insight to the single player action of the game, not the multiplayer action. Most of us play these franchise games because of the multiplayer, and while the single player campaigns can be amazing, the multiplayer is what keeps players sticking around. Luckily, details pertaining to this portion of the game have been to released for all of you eager beavers out there who want to see some details.

To begin with, a direct quote, and very important one, from Kotaku:

Do keep in mind that while the details of the game’s single player campaign, first reported by Kotaku via inside sources and later seemingly verified with the official release of a trailer and matching levels, are likely mostly locked in stone, what is delivered with multiplayer could easily shift as the team works to polish and balance the game in the months leading up to release. Multiplayer is also often tweaked after the game hits. It also receives a number of downloadable content packs post launch. With the advent of Elite, that’s even more likely.

The game is said to be broken down into two different playing modes for multiplayer; cooperative Special Ops maps as well as traditional multiplayer maps. Unfortunately, it appears that Zombies will not make an appearance in Modern Warfare 3, but in my opinion this is fine; let Treyarch worry about that and perfect it yet again, rather than have Infinity Ward mess it all up. Special Ops will feature some Survival type missions and a mix of objective-based missions. These survival missions are said to be waves and waves of enemies that the players must fend off, somewhat similar to zombies, though no exact details about the objective-missions have been given.

For maps, there are a reported 20 maps to be released with the game, though it is unclear if all of these maps will be included with release, or have some of them be sold as add-ons. The maps are as follows:

Multiplayer Maps

  • Alpha
  • Alps
  • Bootleg
  • Bravo
  • Brooklyn
  • Carbon
  • Coast
  • Dome
  • Exchange
  • Hardhat
  • Interchange
  • Lambeth
  • Meteora
  • Mogadishu
  • Paris
  • Plaza 2
  • Radar
  • Seatown
  • Underground
  • Village

Spec Ops Modes


  • Carbon
  • Dome
  • Radar
  • Seatown
  • Village


  • Civilian Rescue
  • Flood the Market
  • Invisible Threat
  • Little Bro’s
  • Out of Africa
  • No Fly Zone
  • Wing Man

Perks will also make a reappearance into the multiplayer aspect of the game, presumably showcasing some of the ever favorite perks, as well as some new ones. It is expected that perks will be tweaked once again, as well as kill streaks. One of the bigger leaks is the Team Perks that will be accessable. While it is unclear as to what this would entail, four have been leaked, and these are:

  • Stopping Power: Increased bullet damage.
  • Blast Shield: Unknown.
  • Health Regen: Regenerate health over time.
  • Stun Protection: Prevent stunning from flash grenades.

These perks will activate for the entire team that one is playing on, though it is unknown how the will be given out or acquired, or whether or not this would force players to play in a more team-based/clan-based mode. There are also some new perks to make a debut into Modern Warfare 3, and these include:

  • Blind Eye: This makes you immune to computer-controlled and player-controlled killstreaks. The pro version makes your launchers lock on faster and gives you extra bullet damage to vehicles.
  • Assassin: This makes you immune to UAV, thermal, and heartbeat sensors. The pro version also makes you immune to CUAV, EMP and no longer shows your name in red or the crosshair in red when you’re targeted.
  • Point Guard: Every two assists count as a kill towards your killstreak (I personally really like this one as as in-game feature rather than a perk).
  • Dead Silence: You make no noise.
  • Recon: Unconfirmed as to exactly what it does, but most likely gives you a special kind of radar to spot enemies.

Players will also see the return of many killstreaks to use in multiplayer, and so far, 11 have been leaked. These are:

  • EMP Grenade: Temporarily takes out all area electronics.
  • Littlebird: A small-manned helicopter that can controlled and used to gun down enemies.
  • Precision Airstrike: Calls in an airstrike on a targeted area.
  • Stealth bomber: Calls in a B2 Spirit to carpet bomb along a line designated by the player.
  • Remote Turret: A remote controlled turret.
  • Directional UAV: A UAV that can be directed into areas to scan for enemies.
  • Remote Mortar: Direct a mortar team using a zoomable camera view of the map to call in strikes.
  • Airdrop Trap: A booby-trapped airdrop.
  • Ammo Resupply: An ammo reloading airdrop.
  • Escort Airdrop: A protected airdrop.
  • Specialist Strike Package: Unknown

I hate to be the bearer of bad news to all of you Nuke fan-boys out there, but it appears the the Tactical Nuke will not be making a reappearance in Modern Warfare 3. It has also been said that things like exploding barrels will not count towards your killstreaks anymore, leading me to believe that getting kills with killstreaks that count towards more killstreaks, which one was able to do it Modern Warfare 2, will not be possible anymore either. It seems the unlocking perks, abilities, and equipment will also be in Modern Warfare 3, though it is unknown whether this means a system such as the one in Black Ops will be in place, or the old system of simply leveling up to unlock.

In a response to this leak of information, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said in an interview with Joystiq that “…while it’s definitely not cool to steal other people’s intellectual property, and while it’s definitely not cool to leak stuff that’s not yours, there are ways that you can respond that actually turn the lemons into lemonade,” and this is exactly what Activision will be doing with this information, building up even more hype for this unbelievably successful franchise. Modern Warfare 3 will be releasing right around the same time as other hit titles like EA’s shooter Battlefield 3, Bethesda’s RPG Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and, the increasingly popular, Mojang Studios’ Adventure-type Minecraft (PC) making the month of November a month we can all look forward too.


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23 thoughts on “Multiplayer Details Leaked for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

  1. Nick .

    There needs to be nuke! It’s no fun without something to try to achieve, like a nuke. It sucks that’s black ops didn’t do that and it also sucks that black ops doesn’t count killstreak reward kills toward more killstreaks. They need to do that. I sure hope this game isn’t a huge bust and people stop playing it all because they do stupid stuff to the game.

  2. phillz91 .

    The fact Blops didn’t have killstreaks count to other killstreaks is the only good decision Treyarch made in that game. I like MW2 but as soon as you got a harrier you got a chopper gunner if you sat in the corner for a little bit. How is that skill? You should have to work for each individual killstreak, as the very name suggests, a streak of kills you have obtained through your actions in game. Having a computer to kill or tell you where your opponents are with red squares is far from skill. And the lack of a tactical nuke is good, ‘cus the only people I saw get a tac nuke didn’t move the entire match or glitched somewhere so they became very hard to kill, again how is that skill or even fun?

  3. cassuduh .

    yes. point guard sounds pretty awesome. and i’m super glad they don’t have stacking killstreaks, that’s one of the better features of BlOps IMO… MW2 players will remember the Predator+Harrier+Pavelow combo EVERYONE used to use…

    can’t wait to airdrop trap some fools

  4. Johnny .

    Nick sounds like your a camper to me? Am I right? While nukes were fun to strive for in MW2 they did encourage camping as well as people ignoring objective-based game modes and going for kills only. Maybe they should bring back the nuke but only in TDM or something. To me, sitting in the back of the map hoping for 25 kills ruins the game for everyone else. As for killstreaks counting towards more killstreaks – that was the absolute best thing black ops did was remove this feature. It contributes to even more camping. Predator – harriors – camp. camp. camp. – chopper gunner. Are you kidding me! Thats not skill. Now getting 11 kills on your own with only a gun and a knife – thats actually an achievement and worth the killstreak. Maybe spend some more time in the open – get shot a few times – that may open your eyes!

  5. Will .

    Except 90% of this information is probably wrong, as FourZeroTwo (twitter account of Robert Bowling, creative strategist at IW) has stated that they have no plans on introducing team perks, stopping power wasn’t returning etc.
    Basically he said that no MP leaks were accurate, so don’t believe any of this

  6. BJNelson .

    @Nick, I have to agree with Phillz91 and Johnny, the Nuke was a terrible kill streak. Furthermore, I couldn’t stand how killstreak kills counted toward your overall killstreak progression and LOVED how Black Ops changed that, as it actually took real skill, rather than just some luck and camping.

    @Will, you could be correct, and had you read the important notice at the beginning of the article, you would have noted that this information is very likely to change. To your credit, his Twitter did mention that team perks and Stopping Power will not be returning, but this information was not released at all until after this article was published. He did not say, though, that any of the leaks were accurate, and in fact said that, “We have some cool plans but it’s too early to confirm MP details like that yet. Were still early in MP development.”

    Thanks for your comments!

  7. Bill .

    I liked what they did in Black Ops, (not personaly one of my favorite games.) But what i’m worried about it how Sledge Hammer games is doing with the graphics. I loved (ALMOST BUT NOT EVERYTHING) about MW2 including the graphics. But BL Ops seemed too much like MW1′s graphics. So I hope Sledge Hammer does’nt f*** it up.

  8. Bill .

    Another thing. I saw The Actual trailer on another site. I saw that it was like a WW3 thing and u hear Makerovs voice. But where are Soap and Price. I mean u cant have a Modern Warfare Game without Soap and Price. They’re the base for it.

  9. Matthew .

    Bill soap and price are in the game. They are actually on the run. They have said the game picks up right after mw2. Come on now haha

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  11. Tom .

    Black ops was a pile of shit!!! Modern warfare 2 still kicks ass and modern warfare 3 should do even better. Black ops was sooo bad, the fact your killstreaks didn’t count towards others really pissed me off!!! And with black ops you couldn’t quick scope and they purposely put the perks you usually have for quick scope apart! I fucking hate black ops I really hope modern warfare 3 is virtually exactly the same as MW2 just with more maps, guns, killstreaks, perks and customization. I really hope it doesn’t follow black ops at all it was a complete waste of money!

  12. Travis .

    the fact that black ops had NO stackable killstreaks was a major improvment. it more than definently stopped camping by at least 45% (imo)and the idea of taking out stopping power was a great thing, it brought more balance to the game and ppl actually started to experiment with all other red perks, because in previous games, if you didnt have stopping power, you were at a MAJOR DISADVANTAGE against anyone else who had it on their class (witch 90% of players had it equiped) so it just makes more room for new potential tactics to be mastered by simply using other perks to win.

  13. Kipkip .

    Black ops did a great job on letting two persons play split screen on the online. Also stopping the kill streaks stack was a brilliant move it did reduce camping. As for quick scoping, its’ an acquired skilled and those players that acquire it should be able to use it. In general i suck at sniping but for player that can it makes the game fun for them and it makes it interesting for everyone else. As for not bring back the Nuke, well they should it was a nice kill streak to shoot for and by taking away stacking kill streaks it will be even more difficult to get which will make the game more fun. No one like getting Murked in a game, so there is a simple solution don’t die and just kill.

  14. Caasi Strebor .

    This is so much like Black Ops! In my opinion, Black Ops sucked and I dropped it and never played except for the Zombies. That was probably only the best part about Black Ops was the Zombies. Other than that, Modern Warfare 3 should have no relation to Black Ops! Modern Warfare 2 was the funnest out of the all because of the Commando Pro and Tact Knifing. Although many said it was stupid, I still thought that Quick Scoping was a pretty fun activity in the game.

  15. GDUB .

    I think that each game has it perks. MW2 was badass for the nuke, but ya people did do alot of camping some times for it. And the secondary weapons were way better than black ops as well as quick scoping, but what i did like about black ops was how you can record your games so you could have proof. And the gold guns, not worth 50,000 though… If they could just pick what users want the most and make a game for that, i’d b down, but mw3 looking like a fail with no ded servers its going to b another lag fu**d game..

  16. Tom .

    Cannot wait for MW3, guna smash it again for sure! I hope they use the same engine as MW2, the speed was just perfect

  17. KING CJK .

    Most of the people who complain about killstreak stacking are the ones who can’t get killstreaks. MW3 should be everything, literally EVERYTHING black ops is not and what MW2 is. Not having stopping power is stupid. If stopping power was such a disadvantage why don’t you put it on one of your classes? If it’s not gonna be in the game then make everyone have it by default cuz in blops it takes a clip and a half to kill one person making it nearly impossible to fight 2 if someone is CORNER CAMPING which is what black ops created which is much more irritating than regular camping. And to everyone who says camping is annoying yeah it is but it makes that person hella easy to kill go ahead look at my k/d in mw2 its prolly better than yours and I don’t boost my gt is the same as my name on this post

  18. Gian .

    I think Treyarch made alot of things better than in MW2:
    - Taking out Stopping power, so that people would start using other more verified Perks.
    - Making Killstreaks not count towards your killstreak so that people actually have to get out and fight for their killstreaks.
    - Making Noobtubes weaker.
    - Getting rid of the (glitchy looking) perk Commando.
    In MW2 the weapons were more balanced than in Black Ops, though. I remember owning with for instance a F2000 and my favorite weapon: the RPD. That’s not something you see me doing with a Scorpion, I hope they bring that back. And for the love of God, please bring back more Heavy Machine Guns, right now, the M60 is the only heavy badass I can get my satisfaction with. Thanks for reading :)

  19. Dom .

    I think that the directional UAV and the EMP grenade are great ideas. Finally they stop thinking about just the high killstreaks and ignoring the low ones. All of those care packages seem unlikely though, especially the booby-trapped one. The perks seem so good that I would be sad if they weren’t in the game. They ripped apart ghost (cold-blooded) which is great and the Point Guard perk seems awesome as well since I tend to get double and triple assists all the time. It seems like Infinity Ward is finally coming together to make an awesome game. Unless of course 100% of this info is false. In that case, f**k me.

  20. Ayden .

    @Tom how bout you use the sniper rifle for what its used for supporting your team not going 2 hours trying to do a trickshot. And If you want to trickshot try sp00n scoping in blackops

  21. travi81a .

    what do you think snipers do in real life you fucking idiots? they camp, they dont run around like a fucking retard. dam..i hate pussy bitching niggers…grow up girls and quit going the same route everytime and getting killed by the same camper!!!!! simple pimple!!

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