If you're a fan of Kevin Spacey, this video will please you. It features Kevin Spacey standing around looking morose in a motion capture studio for the blockbuster action video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Unfortunately the footage is brief, but thankfully it's on the internet so you can rewind.
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.
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.
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.
Do you like experience? Not life experience, like visiting new places and meeting new people, the other kind. You know, the numbers kind that gradually increases with every action, unlocking juicy rewards at regular intervals? Then you'll want to log into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 this weekend. For every point of XP gained shooting men in their faces, you'll get ANOTHER point of XP free. YES.
Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling aka @fourzerotwo, announced the free weekend in a tweet spotted by Blue's News. "Turning on Double XP for everyone on Modern Warfare 3 this weekend! All platforms and playlists included."
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.
A calendar on the Call of Duty site outlines the release schedule for all of the Modern Warfare 3 DLC that will be released this year. As well as the two maps they've already teased, ten more multiplayer arenas, six more missions and two new modes are listed. That makes up the 20 chunks of DLC Activision promised a week or so ago.
The schedule is aimed at those signed up to Call of Duty Elite, though the extra missions, maps and modes will make their way to the PC eventually. Black Ops DLC took about four weeks to cross the desert that separates Xbox Live land and PC gamer world. Check out these Modern Warfare 3 screenshots for an early look at the first two maps, Piazza and Central Park.
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"
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."
Activision have released sales info gathered from North America and UK retail outlets, revealing that Modern Warfare 3 sold in excess of $400 million on day one. An estimated 6.5 million copies were shifted at retail alone. Those numbers beat last year's record set by Call of Duty: Black Ops, which sold a mere $360 million on day one. Modern Warfare 2 must have barely even been trying when it sold $310 million on its first day back in 2009.
The new live action Modern Warfare 3 trailer shows a rare event. A veteran helping out a new player without telling him to GTFO. The prestiged pro makes it through the entire trailer without once saying anything even vaguely unpleasant about the other guy's mother, showing immense restraint when the noob RPGs a single man five metres away (a very familiar sight for Battlefield 3 players at the moment).
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out next week. In terms of the sheer mass of copies flying off shelves and raw marketing hype it's likely to be the biggest launch of the year. It's surprising, then that we've heard so little about the multiplayer changes that Infinity Ward are planning for the multi-quadrazillion dollar sequel. As well as some very promising tweaks to perks and kill streak rewards, new game modes hope to add more variety to CoD's obscenely popular arena-based man shoots.
Here's a bit of footage of Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops survival mode from the Call of Duty Elite event in LA, spotted on CVG. It shows a new map set in Paris. Judging by the suicidal nature of the enemies, it's a very early round, but it doesn't take long to get to unlock a sentry gun to take out a horde of pesky attack dogs. For an overview of the Spec Ops mode, check out this analysis of the official Spec Ops survival trailer. That shotgun seems satisfying, but it doesn't look quite as flash as the Parisian map currently in beta testing in that other shooter, does it?
Infinity Ward have flown in a crack team of testers to crush exploits in Modern Warfare 3's mutiplayer maps, reports CVG. The mapMonkeys are a team of gamers who pride themselves on discovering hacks, glitches and bits of broken code that could lend players an unfair advantage when the game goes live. They're essentially The A-Team of QA. They've joined the sizeable team of testers already working for Infinity Ward to put the new maps through their paces with the aim of making sure Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer scene is as fair and competitive as possible on release.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Kotaku has been reporting on a series of possible Modern Warfare 3 leaks, and has turned up what might just be the cover for the PC edition of the next Call of Duty game. The logo on the cover image is the same as the one uncovered by a separate leak on the Electric Hydra forums, suggesting that this box art could be legitimate. There's also a logo for "Call of Duty Elite," which could be the premium Call of Duty online service that Activision have hinted at in the past. You'll find both images below.
A voice actor involved in the development of the next Call of Duty game has suggested that the sequel will be announced soon. Craig Fairbrass, who voiced Gaz in Modern Warfare and Ghost in Modern Warfare 2, has spoken on a radio show about his roles in the Call of Duty games, saying that he's recently been finishing up a few final "bits and pieces" for "something that's going to be out in May."