Where You'll Go, How You'll Kill, Who Will Die In Modern Warfare 3

We've been gentle so far in our revealing of what we know about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. We've tip-toed through the minefield of spoilers, and tried to reveal only facts anyone would want to know. That ends here.

What follows is a detailed summary of what we understand are the events of Modern Warfare 3 described to us by those in possession of dozens of images from the game, as well as voice over recordings. While we haven't seen the game in action ourselves, we believe that the imagery and this plot description is accurate. That doesn't mean things can't change before release. Levels could be altered or completely cut before the game gets into your hands.

While we're still keeping some major, pivotal moments close to our chest - let's just say we know some things we wish we didn't know - we're about to lay the whole story out for you from beginning to end. Don't read on if you want to experience the narrative of Activision's bombshell shooter free from spoilers.

There are spoilers here. You've been warned.

Modern Warfare 3 opens as Modern Warfare 2 closed: The United States under siege by Russian forces, ultranationalist Vladimir Makarov on the loose, Captain John "Soap" MacTavish and Captain John Price wounded and on the run with the Russian informant known as Nikolai.

Fleeing to a safehouse in Dharmasala, India, the three are attacked by Makarov's men. In this firefight players take on the role of Yuri, a loyalist who works for Nikolai. Their safehouse compromised, the group flee the area in a helicopter.

The game then cuts to Manhattan where Russia is launching an attack on the city from a fleet of ships parked in the Hudson River. (It appears the famous USS Intrepid may be destroyed.) The US calls in Delta Force to repel the attack. You take on the role of Frost, a Delta Force operative under the command of Sandman. Your goal is to take out a jamming tower on top of the New York Stock Exchange to open the area for a US counterattack.

Following the mission, Delta flies out of the city on a Blackhawk, gunning down enemy choppers as they make their way to the harbor where they have to infiltrate and take down a Russian sub which is coordinating the attack.

The Campaign Settings of MW3

  • Dharmasala, India
  • New York, New York
  • A plane transporting the president of Russia
  • A town in Sierra Leone
  • London, England
  • Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • A castle in the Czech mountains
  • Berlin, Germany
  • The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Washington, DC

As the New York missions wrap up the game jumps forward in time half a year, thrusting players into the role of a Russian agent tasked with protecting the president of Russia as he flies to sign a peace treaty with the US. The plane is attacked by hijackers mid-air who attempt to kidnap the president and his daughter. The daughter manages to escape. The president of Russia in hand, Makarov vows to prevent a peace treaty by getting the launch codes out of the president and launching an attack against the US.

The game then returns us to Price, Soap and Yuri, now in Africa in a search for Makarov. They meet with a local South African arms dealer who tells them about a shipment of chemical weapons that Makarov is trying to buy. The group make their way to Sierra Leone to secure the weapons from African militia.

Next, players take on the role of an SAS operative who is tasked with stopping a delivery of weapons of mass destruction at a London dockyard. A gun battle ensues, and the agents are chased through the London subway. The mission culminates with a series of unmarked trucks exploding in front of the house of Parliament, releasing a deadly chemical agent.

Several other European cities and military bases are hit by similar terrorist attacks backed by Russia, and the death toll rises to the tens of thousands. The series of chemical attacks opens the door for a Russian military blitz strikes across the continent.

Price discovers that the South African arms dealer who tipped them off about the chemical weapons deceived them and travels to Somalia to find the man and interrogate him. Through the arms dealer, Price discovers that Makarov's right hand man, Volk, is hiding out in Paris.

The game's attention next shifts to Hamburg, Germany where players take on the role of a US tank gunner fighting to push back a Russian advance backed by armoured divisions.

As Hamburg falls, the game shifts us back to the story of Price and his crew. Now in Paris, players control Delta Force operative Frost who, with the help of the French special forces, leads an assault on Volk's location in the underground catacombs of the city. Next, players take to the sky supporting Frost's ground movements as a gunner in an AC-130.

After capturing and interrogating Volk, Frost learns that Makarov has a meeting in a Prague hotel. Players control Yuri as he and Soap slip into the Russian-controlled city and set-up an ambush for Makarov in a church bell tower. Makarov somehow catches wind of the trap and escapes. Soap, Yuri and Price then have to fight their way out of the city.

Yuri leads the team to one of Makarov's headquarters in the Czech mountains and the group infiltrates the location, looking for clues. They discover that the ultranationlist has the president and is trying to get the codes out of him. Makarov has also discovered the location of the Russian president's daughter. The group move out to Berlin to try and prevent her kidnapping. Playing as Frost, gamers must find the daughter and protect her, while making their way through war-torn Berlin. The daughter, however, is captured and flown away.

Frost next makes his way to the Kremlin where a task force of operatives attack and free the hostages, but Makarov manages to escape again.

The game's final mission occurs in Dubai, where Yuri, Price and Sandman launch an assault on a heavily guarded hotel, eventually finding Makarov and, yes, finally killing him.

It also appears that the game may also include a post-credits level that features the burning of Washington, DC.

The stage seems set for a passing of the torch: from player-controlled members of Task Force 141 to the new characters from Delta Force.

We've contacted Activision for comment and will update the story when and if they provide reaction.

*Note, the audio in the video above comes from what we're told was something created for the game's presentation at the upcoming E3 show in LA next month.


Comments

    Sounds pretty cliche and trite

      It IS Call of Duty, the gaming equivalent of a Michael Bay movie.

    Does anyone play COD for its storyline?! I enjoyed COD4's, but I dont take them so seriously, I don't get why others do however?!

    People just look for anything to criticise the game. In the end you make the decision to buy it or not. Don't act like YouTube users who go on artists videos they hate and write negative comments. They sound so obsessed.

    Activision are w***ers theres no denying that - no need to take it out on the COD games cause there so successful. The developers are just doing their job and getting paid for it (when it pleases Activision), give them the benefit of the doubt for doing something they love. It's up to Activision, who own the rights to COD, to milk it and thrash the franchise and kill it like Guitar Hero. The thing is, COD hasn't slowed down and still selling like hot cakes and receiving critical praise - last I checked the COD games have all received above 80 on Metacritic.

    The main attraction of a COD game is the multiplayer not the campaign. Heck, I'll still pay $80 for a COD game or Halo or an online FPS if it only shipped with multiplayer cause thats all I want out from it. If I want a storyline I usually seek out a RPG or Assassin's Creed or perhaps L.A. Noire, perhaps others should aswell.

    Then again a lot of people who trash COD games are PC gamers, yet they can only blame themselves for publishers & devs turning their focus to consoles - it was the PC gamers who decided to play pirated games. Okay, there may be a few who haven't and don't - but the pirates players outweigh the legit gamers and its numbers that count in this business, deal with it.

    OH BOY, MORE OF THE SAME!

    Prediction: Activision kills the CoD line next year because they ran it into the ground.

      No, they wont kill COD, and they didn't run it into the ground -- Black Ops got $1B in six weeks man, the best ever, and counted for 25% (ONE-FOURTH!!) of all video game sales in November. I don't think they ran it into the ground -- MW3 will sell plenty, probably even more than Black Ops, and COD will continue to be a very successful franchise.

        It's a quarter mate, not a forth.
        25%>4%

          One quarter is the same as one fourth mate. One quarter of a dollar is $.25, and one fourth of a dollar is also, $.25.

          25% of anything, is also one quarter of anything. If you don't believe me, get a calculator and divide 1 by 4, and see what you get :)

          Basic math love. Might want to go back to school.

    Are nukes back in mw3 :O
    OMG it's coming out

    does soap die in this game and please tell me NOOOOOO!!

      soap does die i played it :( its sad EVERYONE DIES exepct for Price. Well i need to know does derek die?(Frost)

      yes soap die in blood brothers because the bomb was explode

      No he lives soap and price 2gether there unbeatable

    Im preety sure that soap dies because it says that yuri price and sandman kill makarov, im preety sure that if he was alive he would have taken part in it biut it sucks considering that he was my fav character

    How sad is it, a fictional character dies in a repetitive game...

    i love to die at night by kill the killer remove the dress and put the knife to my belly and torn it and remove my guts and stomach out

    price, yuri and sandman are in te final mission in dubau. so that pretty much confirms soap and frosts death

      buddy Price kills makorov and sand man and 2 guys named truck and gilch die and soap dies in a very sad way yuri KNEW makorov so remember when you help makorov in mw2 so when makorov is up the escalator Yuri comes out of the elevator and grabs a pistol and explains to price that Yuri knew Makorov but did not like helping him. yeah i know its long.

    maybe soap was injured and taken home?????????? i dont give a crap about frost. but this is the last cod because its based in 2016. but then again homefront was in 2027 and there was no robot stuff except for that cool tank goliath

      No I read on YouTube that soap dies and price blows him and makarov up with a nuke but I doubt it bcoz frost and sandman survive and that's a stupid storyline to have coz then the mw's die. Mw 4 will b about the five years between 1 & 2 and the player will probs ccontrol price. Price lives, Yuri lives, Frost lives, Sandman lives, Truck and Grunt die, Nikolai dies, and Soap lives because if he survives the knife in the stomach he won't die bcoz that's the only way it would really fit the storyline. Those r my predictions.

        good pridiction but in mw3 everyone dies except for price and i think nikolai nad I REALLY HOPE FROST LIVES HES SO EPIC!

      Yes thats true but check this it's shepherds and also Makorov fault because of the attacking at the airport Makorov he's Russian he started the war because of what happen to Zakhev

    MW4 will be price having flashbacks or something and soap asking him when they get back home and then join RSL and have to return to action. It will alternate between that and frost.

    ok sandman dies along with truck and gilch because yuri is damaged so sandman,truck, and gilch die trying to save yuri i think yuri died because he had a bottle(broken) in his chest and he was sliding. I dont know.

    Price and Yuri are in the mission to kill Makarov,Sandman doesn't take place in the mission to kill Makarov.Sandman probably dies in the Diamon Mine.(There's a Diamond Mine in siberia ,instead of kremlin).

    ok, price kills makarov after makarov kills yuri

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