Infinity Ward have announced that there's double XP up for grabs across all Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 playlists for a week from May 23rd (that's today!) through to May 29th.
The second Collection Pack for MW3 launched on Xbox LIVE this week, and includes three new Survival maps, two new Spec Ops missions, and two new Face-Off maps. You can nab it here for 1200 MSP. The double XP goodness should be available across all platforms, though.
Infinity Ward has officially dated Modern Warfare 3's first two Elite DLC maps for February 28th for PS3 owners, who have had to wait for the month-long Microsoft exclusivity window to expire. Liberation and Piazza are the vanguard of a nine-month content splurge that will be made available to paid Elite subscribers ahead of traditional DLC packs being issued to regular players.
Activision community don Dan Amrich has deployed a less-than-mysterious screenshot for one of the new maps that will feature in Modern Warfare 3's first DLC pack, which is dated for January 24th (if you're an Elite premium subscriber]). The map is apparently called 'Park.' And that's definitely a park. Central Park, maybe?
Remember that the DLC pack will have an outrageously staggered release schedule due to the fact that Activision have split their audience into five different parts.
"Due to a business arrangement from 2010, Xbox 360 gets DLC content ahead of other platforms, and Activision has promised Elite subscribers will get DLC content ahead of the general public. With that in mind, I see five audiences: Xbox 360 Elite, Xbox 360 general public, PS3 Elite, PS3 general public, and PC. I don't yet know in what order each of those audiences will be served. That could get confusing, but you know I'll do my best to make it as easy to figure out as possible."
As I said in the full review, Modern Warfare 3 is big enough to not need DLC. At all. Whether you buy it or not is up to you.
I'm not the biggest fan of Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer. But a lot of you do, so you'll be pleased to hear that Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games will soon be introducing new game modes into matchmaking. "Ready for new game modes for Modern Warfare 3?" community chief, Rob Bowling, tweeted to his followers. "I've got some surprises for you for the weekend. I'll confirm full details tomorrow!"
So, we'll have to wait until tomorrow for the true announcement, but until then let's don our speculation caps and get thinking! It could be an all new game mode, or they might simply be resurrecting a past mode from previous CoD games that was forgotten in all the hubbub of their annualized cycle. We'll have more for you on this tomorrow. [Twitter]
If you're looking to play Modern Warfare 3 in countries where Xbox LIVE's extensive reach doesn't... well, reach, then you might find the Activision shooter's matchmaking won't work. Xbox Support took to Twitter to alert fans in unsupported regions that Modern Warfare 3 won't be accessible online. "COD: MW3 multiplayer online is only accessible if you're in an eligible Xbox Live region," they told followers, with Croatia one of the countries affected.
Don't surrender all hope just yet, though; as Infinity Ward's community chief, Rob Bowling, told followers the two MW3 teams are "actively discussing" the issue and "talking to users affected". However, he admits to no "ETA at this point", with the likes of Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Finland reporting such issues. We'll have more for you on this as it develops. [Twitter]
Tom Watson probably deserves a trophy of some kind, or at least a cape. When he isn't bust busting the chops of Murdoch & Son, it would appear he finds time to champion video games, this time stepping up to defend Modern Warfare 3 against a broad complaint from the infamous Keith Vaz.Click here to read more...
I'll admit it; I'm a Call of Duty multiplayer addict. I racked up over ten days worth of playtime on the first Modern Warfare; almost twelve on its sequel; and the number continues to grow on Black Ops. I've
wasted spent a considerable amount of my life rattling clips into virtual strangers and reaping the rewards. I've laughed, I've often thought of crying, and I've loved it all the way. But that said, I still hate the damn game, and Activision's refusal to budge from its annualized release schedule, therefore stifling the series of any meaningful change or creativity.
But Modern Warfare 3 was supposed to be different. With Sledgehammer Games joining a now reformed Infinity Ward and boasting of all manner of changes set to hit the third Modern Warfare game, I was all smiles. Finally, the game I so loved was about to get so much better. They spoke of balance, of a return to the gun-on-gun system of old. Farewell killstreaks, long live pointstreaks and all that.
But has Modern Warfare 3 lived up to the hype of its creators? Or have we all been duped, once more, into contributing to the industry's most creatively bankrupt and yet financially successful title ever?
If you're an avid follower of Call of Duty, you'll no doubt be aware that Infinity Ward, the original developers in charge of the Modern Warfare line, suffered something of a personal crisis this past year. Co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella's very public fallout with publisher Activision led to a massive exodus, wrenching a large portion of their workforce away from Modern Warfare 3's development, resulting in upstart studio Sledgehammer Games coming in to share the load.
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Despite generating over 750 million dollars in just five days on release, shifting 6.5 million copies in the US and UK alone, the Call of Duty brand still can't hope to compete with the likes of Star Wars and Harry Potter. That's according to Stephen Cheliotis, chief executive of The Center for Brand Analysis, who believes the videogame market is over-saturated with military shooters, resulting in consumer confusion thus diluting brand recognition.Click here to read more...
As we discussed in our Modern Warfare 3 review and buyer's guide, Call Of Duty: Elite is struggling to remain stable as it caves in under the weight of new subscribers. Activision are aware of the growing frustration at the fact that the service is "crushed by gamers trying to enter," and by way of an apology to paid members, have added a free month to their subscriptions immediately and automatically.
They've also rolled out a status portal that shows how well the service is holding up, which is currently "intermittent" at the time of writing. As far as I know, the service is tracking your stats despite these problems, though, and profiles will be updated once Activision has caught up with the server load.
As Stan said to Stella: we've had this date from the beginning. Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are both extremely capable shooters that stand tall on their own merits, but by actively seeking competition through their vicious advertising campaigns and releasing so close together, EA and Activision have brought this battle on themselves. Turning boring consumerism into an exciting war between franchises and fanbases is one of the oldest marketing tricks in the book, and the two publishers have been playing their roles brilliantly.
But we're all about the games, not the franchises. It can be very difficult to choose between them, so much like we did for FIFA and PES 2012, we've put together a buyer's guide. The point of this article isn't to pick an overall winner, rather, it's compare each aspect of the two titles so you can work out which game is right for you. Well, okay, we're not above a little friendly competition...
Before we start, here's the state of play.