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Activision copyright strikes seem to confirm Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 title

Someone's gun-na get it.

Call of Duty 2023 is reportedly Modern Warfare 3.
Image credit: Activision.

The next Call of Duty game will be formally titled Modern Warfare 3, according to a recent spate of DMCA take down notices reported by leakers.

Activision is yet to officially announce its next game in the Call of Duty series, but recent images showing the DMCA strikes refer to "leaked content from unreleased video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3".

These DMCA notices appear to have originated from a limited alpha play test, which according to COD News & Leaks on Twitter was codenamed "Hailström".

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This year's Call of Duty being called Modern Warfare 3 comes as no surprise. Earlier in the year, a report surfaced which stated 2023's Call of Duty will be a Modern Warfare 2 sequel.

At this time, it was said this release will be a "fully-fledged sequel" to last year's Modern Warfare 2, with development led by Vanguard maker Sledgehammer Games and support provided by Activision's many Call of Duty studios.

Players can reportedly expect all the bells and whistles that come with a typical Call of Duty release, such as the main campaign, multiplayer and zombies ("essentially an Outbreak 2.0" that may or may not be free-to-play).

In addition, further leaks suggested scrapped content from Vanguard will be included in Modern Warfare 3 on its release, which is said to be this November. There is also word that remastered versions of the original Modern Warfare 2 maps Terminal and Scrapyard will return to Modern Warfare 3.

We can reportedly expect Activision to share more information next month.

Meanwhile, back in February, Bloomberg's Jason Schreier reported the upcoming Call of Duty game was originally a "premium expansion" but had "morphed" into full game, with the current plan to continue the Modern Warfare 2 story and carry over Modern Warfare 2 content.

The official Call of Duty account has appeared to all but confirm that players' content will carry over into its next game from Modern Warfare 2, asking "Should [Modern Warfare 2] Operators, Weapons and Bundles carry forward into Call of Duty 2023?"

The account only gave two options: "Yes" and "Yes, when is reveal?".

Eurogamer has asked Activision for further comment.

Elsewhere in the news, earlier this month an actor revealed what may well be the first story details for Call of Duty 2024.

Actor and singer Luke Charles Stafford recently shared a post on Facebook claiming Activision would be using his likeness for "their next main character" in a Call of Duty apparently set to release "next year".

"Activision decided to adapt their next main character, 'Ratcliffe' for Call of Duty off my face/likeness, and I am elated," Stafford wrote. "To all of my college roommates back at Anderson University and those years in Smith Hall Playing Black Ops 2... Next year, we can beat the snot out of each other again, but I want to play as me."

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