Modern Warfare 3's last DLC, Content Collection 4: Final Assault, was released on September 6th for Xbox 360 users (Xbox LIVE) and will arrive for PS3 and PC users on October 10th. This final DLC collection brings 5 all-new Multiplayer maps:
Since this is the final DLC for MW3 and no further content releases are planned, Elite Premium membership subscriptions are no longer being sold. COD: Elite Premium members will still continue to enjoy all the DLC's, premium services and operations.
MW3's third DLC Collection, Content Collection 3: Chaos Pack, brings 4 new Special Ops Mission and 3 new Face Off maps. The DLC was released on August 8th for Xbox 360 users - PS3 and PC users got their copy on September 13th.
The new Content Collection also includes 14 new Achievements / Trophies:
Special Ops Chaos mode delivers the ultimate in arcade mayhem. Play solo, split screen or online with a friend to take out as many enemies as possible before they take you down or the clock hits zero.
The second DLC, Content Collection 2, was released on May 15th for Xbox 360 Elite Members, while PS3 Elite Members got their version on June 14th. The DLC includes 3 multiplayer maps, 2 Special Ops missions, and 2 brand new "Face Off" maps. It's the largest Call of Duty DLC to date.
The new Content Collection also includes 6 new Achievements / Trophies:
Players hungry for action will have no shortage of venues to test their Multiplayer and Special Ops skills.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is an upcoming first-person shooter developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. BO2 is the ninth main installment for the Call of Duty franchise, set for release on November 13th, 2012. The black ops 2 game will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC.
The Zombies mode in Black Ops II will return with its own campaign and will implement the multiplayer engine, which allows for new game modes and the usage of the games multiplayer maps. The story of the game takes place across two separate arcs, one recounting events in the 1980s, and the other following characters in the year 2025. The multiplayer portion of the game will be set in 2025, which makes the black ops 2 guns futuristic, but some old guns, like the SCAR-H and VECTOR K10 are still in the game.
The new Create-A-Class uses a 10 allocation point system, which allows players to customize their class like never before. The perks in Black Ops 2 have been balanced due to this: all the pro perks have been removed from the black ops 2 perks list and moved as weapon attachments. Modern Warfare 3 veterans will also enjoy the fact that the Pointstreaks will return as "Scorestreaks". Every action you take in BO2 multiplayer rewards you with points that can be used to deploy any of the 22 different black ops 2 scorestreaks, many of which are upgraded versions of their MW3 counterparts.
The game is to feature 14 multiplayer maps and future black ops 2 maps will be available as DLC. All Black Ops II pre-orders will get the NukeTown 2025 multiplayer map as a bonus. There will be 3 special editions of BO2 available for Xbox 360 and PS3 players: Hardened Edition and Care Package Edition. PC players will get a special Digital Deluxe Edition for the first time in Call of Duty history.
The first MW3 Content Collection is now available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It basically contains Content Pack 1, 2, and 3, which include the following new multiplayer maps:
The new Content Collection also includes 6 new Achievements / Trophies:
Modern Warfare 3's first downloadable DLC offers a range of combat and co-op the likes of which has never been seen before.
Activision's Call of Duty Elite service has had a rocky start and is still plagued with service problems. Elite's login systems were initially suffering from too many simultaneous login attempts, but after the problem was fixed, the greater than expected demand has been crashing the servers since then.
Beachhead Studio, the creator of Elite, thought that most of the players were going to use the PC interface, but instead 80-90% of the players are using the console interface. Since only the PC interface was beta tested and optimized, the console interface is causing a huge load on the servers.
Activision has been limiting access to the Elite service as it works to build more server capacity. According to Beachhead's VP of Production, Daniel Suarez, less than 10% of the players have actually gotten access to the service, but they hope to have everything working soon.Daniel Suarez: "December 1st is the goal that we'll have everything up and running"Premium members of CoD Elite will automatically receive a 1 month extension on their subscription due to the service problems.
Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has grossed $775 million within its first five days on sale worldwide, topping Black Ops' $650 million debut. MW3 shattered theatrical box office, book and video game sales records. It's the best-selling video game launch of all time in the top-five USA shops: Amazon.com, Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Walmart."Life-to-date retail sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded $6 billion worldwide, which makes Call of Duty one of the most valuable entertainment properties in the world. We expect continued sales momentum, as reviews and audience enthusiasm suggest that this is the best Call of Duty game that we have ever made."MW3's online component also posted new records. Microsoft announced that more than 7 million multiplayer hours were logged playing Modern Warfare 3 by the end of launch day, which is a 19% increase over last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops. The game also set a new record for concurrent players on Xbox LIVE with 3.3 million simultaneous users - in comparison, Black Ops had 2.6 million gamers playing the game on launch day.
Sony also announced that MW3 set a new record for the number of concurrent gamers playing a Call of Duty game on the PlayStation Network.
Last year Call of Duty: Black Ops sold 5.6 million copies in 24 hours and set a new record for day one sales. If you thought that Modern Warfare 3 couldn't top that this year, think again. Activision has announced that MW3 has become the biggest entertainment launch ever by selling more than 6.5 million units in the USA and UK within its first 24 hours of availability.
MW3 generated more than $400 million in day-one revenue in the USA and UK alone. The previous record holder, Call of Duty: Black Ops, generated $360 million in sales on its first day."Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time."Microsoft has also announced that MW3 set a new record for the most players using Xbox Live at one time following the launch of the game.
Call of Duty: Black Ops, like its predecessor Modern Warfare 2, broke all pre-order records worldwide on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. With only a week left before Modern Warfare 3's release, it's already shattering the pre-order record set by Black Ops last year. Modern Warfare 3 is at 3.5 million pre-orders in the US alone; in comparison, Battlefield 3 had ~3 million pre-orders before its release last week.
The Xbox 360 has the highest number of Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders, 2.4 million, while the PlayStation 3 is at 1 million pre-orders. The total number of MW3 pre-orders on the Xbox 360 alone could pass the total number of Black Ops pre-orders last year on both the Xbox 360 and PS3. Modern Warfare 3 will become the first PlayStation 3 title to reach 1 million in pre-orders before launch.
With just 7 days left before MW3 hits the stores, Activision has released a brand new multiplayer trailer titled "New Modes & Match Customization". The new trailer focuses on the "Kill Confirmed" and "Team Defender" game modes, custom private matches and map design.
The new private match options in MW3 basically allow you to create your own "Call of Duty experience" by making new, fully customizable game modes. You can also share your new game modes with your friends, or instead play theirs, via Call of Duty Elite.
The trailer also features a good amount of action and brand new gameplay footage. Check it out below.
It's typical these days that highly anticipated games are leaked to the internet before release, and Modern Warfare 3 is no exception. It was reported a few days ago that a copy of the MW3 PC version was stolen from a US shipping warehouse and has been spreading quickly around the pirate scene.
Activision's private investigators tried to stop the copies from spreading, but to no avail, as it didn't take long for someone to upload the full retail DVD of the PC version to a well-known torrent website; it's already being downloaded by over 5000 people. Since Modern Warfare 3 PC uses Steam, it's encrypted and the game can't be played before the release date, unless the encryption key is leaked or someone tries to brute force it - both of which are highly unlikely.
Unlike the PC version, legit copies of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions have been sold by retailers ahead of the game's November 8th release. It's left to be seen how fast Black Ops II will be leaked next year. A word of caution for those who get their copy this week; Activision has threatened to ban players who are caught playing the game [online], but the warning is geared more towards pirates, not legitimate players - but you never know.
COD: Modern Warfare 3
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Multiplayer is available on Xbox LIVE (Xbox 360), PSN (PS3) and Steam. Xbox LIVE requires Gold Membership.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
The next Call of Duty game comes out on November 13th, 2012 for the current generation consoles and PC. Black Ops 2 takes place in 2025, which means multiplayer will feature futuristic weaponry and maps. Perks in BO2 have been balanced and Killstreaks replaced with Scorestreaks.