Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gets free game mode, map Collection 2 DLC released

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If you're partial to Modern Warfare 3's tight arena tussles then you might be interested in investigating the new game mode, Face off. It allows for quick, violent 1 v 1, 2 v 2 and 3 v 3 contests on "smaller, super-concentrated multiplayer maps." Two of these new maps have been released for free and are playable right now.

This free taste of Face Off could help to move copies of the newly released Collection 2 DLC, which comes with two more Face Off maps, a standard multiplayer arena set in a hotel poised on top of an ancient fortress (why not?), and two co-op spec ops missions.

Call of Duty: Modern Wafare 3 Face Off trailer has pistols at spawn

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Infinity Ward have released more footage of the new Face Off mode that'll be added in content collection 2. Sadly, it doesn't have Nic Cage and John Travolta swapping faces and trying to out-ham each other to death in tribute to John Woo's 1997 flick, it's a fast 1v1/2v2 mode set in a series of tight arenas.

It looks perfect for a bit of split screen on the consoles, but the more focused approach could also fix that feeling of constantly being caught with your pants down on those busier CoD maps. Content collection 2 will arrive imminently on the Xbox, but will arrive quite a bit late on PC. There's not solid date just yet. The pack will also contain three multiplayer maps, two co-op spec ops maps and two new Face Off arenas.

Modern Warfare 3 content pack 2 to add new MP maps, spec ops missions, Face Off mode

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The first content collection for Modern Warfare 3 has just recently landed on PC, adding new multiplayer maps and a couple of spec ops missions. The second pack will do the same, but also introduce a new 1 vs 1/2 vs 2 mode called Face Off. According to the trailer above, the first two Face Off maps will be released for free to give everyone a taste of how it plays. Two more will then be added in the full content pack later. All of the dates refer to the Xbox version, however. The last DLC pack took more than a month to reach the PC. Expect similar delays again for content pack 2.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 content collection to add maps and spec ops missions

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The Elite service hasn't made its way over to PC, but we'll still be able to get hold of the latest map packs for Modern Warfare 3 through a series of "content collections," which are very much like the CoD map packs of old. The first pack will contain four new multiplayer maps and, for the first time, two new co-op Spec Ops missions.

That's good news. Spec Ops is our favourite part of Call of Duty, and the two additional missions look quite promising. Negotiator sends you to India to rescue hostages. Black Ice brings puts you on snowmobiles, gives you explosives and sends you on a suicide mission to blow up a weapons cache hidden in a mine underneath a giant goddamn drill.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 screenshots show new maps set in Italy and Central Park

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Here are nine new screenshots from the first two DLC maps for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The maps will arrive first for Xbox 360 Elite subscribers, but will likely come to our machines about a month later. The sunny, continental map, Piazza is a tight, winding map set in Italy. As with every Call of Duty map "attacks from behind, above and below are an ever-constant threat," but there will be a strong close combat focus, with plenty of flanking routes.

The other map will be called Liberation, and is set in a militarised Central Park, full of long sight lines perfect for snipers. If there's one thing everybody loves most about Call of Duty, it's snipers. "Always be aware of nearby sightlines to avoid becoming fodder for the enemy," reads the fact sheet. Alternatively, just go sniper and own the map yourself. Screenshots ho!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC to include new Spec Ops missions and "things that players have never seen before"

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After years of pricey map packs, Call of Duty fans can look forward to some more varied DLC next year. Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling has been talking about plans for new Spec Ops missions and "a variety of things that players have never seen before." Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Raven will all be working on producing regular updates throughout 2012.

"The way we're doing downloadable content this year is unlike we've never done before," he said, speaking in a Call of Duty Elite video spotted by CVG. "Not only in how you can get it - in content drops or choose for the collection - but also the type of content you're getting."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer is an awesome action movie

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Last night Infinity Ward released the first proper video of Modern Warfare 3. The worldwide conflict will be sending us to the US, Germany and Three-ngland, I mean, 3ngland. Damnit. ENGLAND. This is our first look at the upgraded engine after the first rush of teaser trailers, and there's no denying it looks good, but is it as fancy as the Battlefield 3 footage?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to get "exceptional post-launch support"

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Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling says that post-release support "major focus" for the team once Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is released on November 8. Gamerzines spotted Bowling's comments on Twitter, where he said that players can expect "exceptional post-launch support" and "constant patches" for Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer.

Bowling says that fan feedback on Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer has motivated the team to provide better support for the sequel. Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer suffered numerous hacks and cheats when it came out in 2009, and Infinity Ward were criticised for taking too long to patch up new exploits. Hopefully Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer will be more secure. For more on the next Call of Duty game, check out last week's huge Modern Warfare 3 info-leak. There's also a shiny new Modern Warfare 3 site, which contains the four teaser trailers Activision released over the weekend.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 release date revealed, Infinity Ward respond to leak

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Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling has responded to last week's Modern Warfare 3 mega leak on Twitter, saying that not all of the leaked information is correct.

"A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on #MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal," he said.

One part of the leak that's looking more and more certain is the release date. A Modern Warfare 3 poster, and retail sources have all but confirmed Tuesday November 8 as the big day. The poster features artwork identical to the Modern Warfare 3 box art leaked a couple of weeks ago, suggesting that that, too, is legitimate. You'll find the poster image below.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailers blast four major cities

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At the end of last week, an enormous Modern Warfare 3 leak spilled a megaton of plot and character information onto the web. Activision have decided to roll with it and release four Modern Warfare 3 teaser trailers over the weekend. They show attacks on four major cities in England, America, Germany and France, and include a short message from the game's central villain.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 countdown begins

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A new website called Find Makarov has appeared, containing a great big clock counting down to the middle of next week, right in the middle of GDC. On loading the sight, you'll see a flash of Makarov, the villain of Modern Warfare 2. It seems likely that this must be the countdown to the reveal of Modern Warfare 3.

It's rumoured that the game is being developed by three studios, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Raven. We'll get to know more when the game's finally revealed. Stay tuned, we'll be bringing you the very latest from GDC all next week.

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