The latest iteration of the blockbuster first-person shooter (FPS) game Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 3 – has been released as part of a week-long early access period. The single-player mode could offer a glimpse into what the full version of the game with multi-player support might look like when it comes out on Friday, November 10.
Modern Warfare 3 Coming Out on November 10
In a statement shared on X, Activision said the game file will be a whooping 200 GB in size and will include a whole lot of content, including open-world Zombies, support for items that are being carried forward from Modern Warfare 2, and map files for the current Call of Duty: Warzone.
The game’s publisher also noted that players can now better manage their Call of Duty files in the ‘Manage Files’ section of the COD HQ menu, where they will be able to uninstall specific portions of the game they may not be actively playing.
Armory Unlock Allows Players to Unlock Weapons and Killstreaks Without Leveling Up
MW3’s creator Infinity Ward has introduced a new feature called Armory Unlock, which allows players to earn weapons, attachments, perks, and killstreaks earlier than usual.
With Modern Warfare 2, the studio had failed in an attempt to streamline the weapons unlock process and was heavily slammed by community members. For instance, if a player had to unlock an FTac Recon, they had to first level up to an M14 rifle. In another case, players had to upgrade a shotgun to unlock an AR attachment. Players criticized the feature for forcing them to use weapons that they would otherwise not opt for in order to unlock their weapon of choice.
However, with Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games – the studio assisting Infinity Ward with the game – has found a genius solution to the issues that were curtailing the unlock process on MW2.
Players can access the Armory Unlock system on MW3 once they reach level 25 of the game. Here they can choose any valid item that they haven’t unlocked yet – weapons, attachments, perks, killstreaks – and complete daily and bonus challenges to earn them.
Completing daily challenges unlocks the bonus missions for players and these challenges are infinitely repeatable. In multiplayer mode, players will have to win a match to unlock further missions, and in Zombies, they will be required to complete contracts.
Early Access Players Largely Convinced by the Game
The reactions from players were mixed after playing the early-access version of the game. One player commented in the forum that “if done correctly, and not tied down to tedious objectives”, Modern Warfare 3’s Armory Unlock could be a very good alternative for those who don’t want to “grind levels”.
Another player said that if they could unlock attachments early instead of waiting for the gun to level up, it would be a win-win situation for both the game and the players.
Others were excited by the performance of the upgraded guns in the game. One community member said the MW3 guns performed better and were easier to control than the ones on MW2.
But not everyone was happy with the new upgrades. Some fans felt the guns on MW3 lacked the “punchiness” of those on Modern Warfare 2. Anyway, all their concerns will be much clearer once Modern Warfare 3 opens its multiplayer servers on Friday.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will continue in early access campaign until the full version of the game launches on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on November 10.