Your First Look At Multiplayer In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Your First Look At Multiplayer In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III

Today’s Call of Duty Next event gave us a solid look at what’s around the corner for the ongoing milsim franchise. Modern Warfare III launches on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Windows on November 10. PlayStation gamers who’ve pre-ordered the game will be able to participate in a multiplayer beta this weekend. Xbox and PC betas will go live on October 12 and 13.

Modern Warfare III features complete remakes of 16 multiplayer maps from the original Modern Warfare 2. It also includes the return of techniques like slide- and reload-cancelling.

The enormous weapon selection in MWIII’s multiplayer was touted today, described as the largest ever in CoD multiplayer. MWIII includes all the weapons players have unlocked from 2022’s MWII, plus more than 30 new guns and attachments. This is in addition to operators and weapon camos. So, yes, as was said during the event, you’ll still be able to play as Nicki Minaj.

Tac-stance gives you an in-between aiming option between tradiional ADS and hip fire.
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The event also showed off some live, 6v6 multiplayer gameplay across five reimagined maps from Modern Warfare 2, including Rust, High Rise, Estate and Favela. The team said that the original layout of these maps has been reproduced as much as possible, so many familiar sight-lines return.

The team added that some adjustments have been made to accommodate for MWIII’s more advanced movement set, such as taller mantling and slide cancelling.

MWIII will also feature three 32v32 Ground War maps, in addition to the return of War Mode.

Modern Warfare III will also see new 6v6 maps added to the game with each season. Seasons one and two are expected to see three new map additions respectively.

With all these maps on offer, and many more to come, the return of map voting ought to help prioritize fan favorites.

Perks are now split up across boots, gloves, and gear. Classic perks will return to the game, just within these categories. The team wanted to make equipping perks feel less like an abstract numerical change and more like an actual piece of equipment that changes up your gameplay style.

MWIII features 150 health across all players, matching that of Warzone. Damage to specific areas, such as headshots, will come with a damage modifier.

Tac-Stance is another new addition to MWIII. It was described as a combination between aim-down-sights and hip fire. The annoucers described it as like splitting the difference between an assault rifle and an SMG. In practice, it looks very similar to the side-mounted sights. On gamepad, you’ll hit down on the d-pad to activate this stance.

Other changes to the gameplay include faster mantle animations while you’re tac sprinting. Players are also able to equip different kinds of vests that’ll change up which perk categories they can equip.

There’ll be a choice of four different vests during the beta, each of which carries gameplay augmentations. The infantry vest, for instance, boosts tac-sprint regeneration.

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