MW3 Story, Screenshots, and Release Date Leaked
Activision has yet to confirm much of anything about this years Call of Duty title, including whether or not it is, as expected, Modern Warfare 3. Some details were unearthed earlier this week -- namely, it is MW3, and environments in the game are going to be larger and feature destructible elements, bringing the game more in line with whats seen in a Battlefield title. More details were set to be revealed in the "coming weeks," most likely at E3, but a huge leak has instead brought with it a tremendous amount of information about Modern Warfare 3 including screenshots, multiplayer details, and an outline of the games campaign and story (complete with spoilers, which are marked below). Weve also got whats allegedly the games release date: November 8, 2011.
Update: Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling, better known as FourZeroTwo, wrote on Twitter a short while ago, "A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on #MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, Id wait for the real reveal."
Kotaku obtained the information by way of "multiple sources" who were not identified, though speculation is sure to be rampant about whos responsible given just how much was leaked. Some of the content is subject to change, given the game is still six months away from release. Kotaku noted that they havent seen the game for themselves, but theyve "gone to great lengths" to confirm what they could. Its unlikely this was an intentional leak in order to generate buzz, as some of the screenshots arent especially great looking -- and considering that the consensus on Battlefield 3s graphics has so far been a resounding "wow," that makes it unlikely that Activision, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, or Raven Software (the latter two of which are helping out with development of the game since IWs former heads and many of its staff have left over the past year-plus) would leak any of this as a PR move.
***** If you want to avoid learning anything about the game, youll want to stop reading now.***** Story-related spoilers will be marked in bold below.
There are 20 multiplayer maps currently in development, but its possible some wont make the final cut or will be held back for a lucrative map pack release. Modern Warfare 2s Spec Ops mode makes a return with two types of levels: Cooperative missions, like those in MW2, and survival maps that sound similar to the Horde mode in Gears of War where you face waves of enemies that become more difficult as time goes on. There are five Survival maps listed (Carbon, Dome, Radar, Seatown, and Village) and seven mission-style Spec Ops maps (Civilian Rescue, Flood the Market, Invisible Threat, Little Bros, Out of Africa, No Fly Zone, and Wing Man). The names of the competitive multiplayer maps were also shared: Alpha, Alps, Bootleg, Bravo, Brooklyn, Carbon, Coast, Dome, Exchange, Hardhat, Interchange, Lambeth, Meteora, Mogadishu, Paris, Plaza 2, Radar, Seatown, Underground, and Village.
***** Single-player spoilers ahead.*****
Without going into great detail -- Kotakus report outlines much of the games story (theyve held some stuff back), the different locales youll visit, which characters die, and so on -- its worth noting that the story picks up immediately after Modern Warfare 2 as the U.S. is still dealing with the Russian invasion which was caused by the infamous "No Russian" level. As per the usual, youll assume the role of multiple characters, including a tank gunner and an AC-130 gunner, across 15 levels. The Russians will invade New York City (Manhattan, specifically) before the story wraps up in Dubai. Besides the existing cast of characters weve seen in previous titles, two new Delta Force troops, Frost and Sandman, are introduced, whom Kotaku speculates could become recurring characters in future MW games.
At one point, SEAL Team Six is mentioned, which isnt something new; it was previously mentioned during Call of Duty 4. But the name becomes more significant now that the real-life SEAL Team Six is responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. Its unlikely that theres any connection given how recently that happened, but that wont stop people from thinking otherwise.
With E3 less than a month away, we should have at least some aspects of this leak confirmed soon -- unless Activision decides to address the leak sooner. As of yet, it hasnt made any comments.