Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 News

StarCraft 2 Twitter account has a pop at Star Wars: Battlefront 2

"Number of pay-to-win mechanics in SC2..."

While EA continues to fight Star Wars: Battlefront 2 fires ahead of launch this Friday, there are others who sniff an opportunity. In this case it's rival mega-publisher Activision Blizzard, whose StarCraft 2 Twitter account had a pop at Battlefront 2 overnight.

Call of Duty series enters three-year dev cycle

Sledgehammer Games will round out the dev trio.

Call of Duty games are about to get even more lavish as its upcoming titles will get 50 per cent more time in development. That's right, the franchise is migrating to a three-year dev cycle with series stalwarts Infinity Ward and Treyarch being joined by Sledgehammer Games as the trio of devs who will take turns releasing CoD games.

Modern Warfare 4 leaked by Captain Price voice actor

UPDATE: Infinity Ward "We've not talked with any voice actors, so all news is speculation."

Update: Infinity Ward has denied meeting with Murray about Modern Warfare 4. "Interesting news today, but it's not true," said the developer on twitter. "We've not talked with any voice actors, so all news is speculation."

One month before Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 comes out on 13th November, Activision is bearing adieu to Modern Warfare 3 with its final DLC pack hitting the straggling PS3 and PC versions on 10th October, developer Infinity War has tweeted.

Counter-Strike: GO misses PlayStation Store for fourth week

Digital releases for Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 aim to scratch your multiplayer itch instead.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has failed to appear on the EU PlayStation Store once again, marking four weeks since it was supposed to launch. Xbox 360 and PC players have been able to play the game since August 21st.

Final Modern Warfare 3 DLC release date, details

Final Modern Warfare 3 DLC release date, details

One last push before Black Ops 2.

Call of Duty publisher Activision will next month airdrop the final care-package of Modern Warfare 3 content.

Collection 4: Final Assault will arrive for Xbox 360 on 6th September and contain a number of new maps: Decommission, Off-Shore, Gulch, Boardwalk and Parish.

Decommission and Off Shore are already available for Call of Duty Elite subscribers, while details and gameplay footage of the latter three were leaked online earlier this week.

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Call of Duty sales

Call of Duty sales "aren't down, they're just different"

Infinity Ward producer on the future of Modern Warfare.

Recent data that showed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sales are markedly slower than Black Ops at equivalent times in their respective life cycles doesn't tell the whole story, according to the game's executive producer.

Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin told Eurogamer that the way people are buying Call of Duty is changing. He argued that Modern Warfare 3 has a shorter tail than its predecessors because sales of new COD launches are now more front-loaded than ever.

"What we're seeing is bigger and bigger spikes earlier on," he explained.

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New Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer mode announced

New Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer mode announced

Face-Off coming in second DLC collection later this month.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's second DLC collection, due out later this month, includes a new multiplayer mode called Face-Off, developer Infinity Ward has announced.

It's a one-on-one or two-on-two deathmatch mode featuring four brand new maps custom built for more intimate combat.

The first two stages will be available for free to all Xbox 360 players from 15th May, with a PC and PlayStation 3 roll-out to follow. Aground is set on a shipwreck off the coast of Scotland, while Erosion sees you running around Roman ruins in Italy while Mount Vesuvius erupts in the background.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Collection 1 DLC PC release date announced

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection 1 DLC launches on PC on 8th May, Infinity Ward has announced.

The Collection 1 content drop, which you'll be able to grab from Steam, includes four multiplayer maps: Piazza, Liberation, Overwatch and Black Box, and two Special Ops missions: Negotiator and Black Ice.

As per Activision's exclusivity deal with Microsoft, the Content Collection 1 launched first for paying Elite subscribers on Xbox 360 in January. All other Xbox 360 owners got it in March. PlayStation 3 owners got it this month. Now PC gamers get it in May.

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Tactics-based Call of Duty spin-off prototype unearthed

Clip from cancelled Vicarious Visions' project shows up online.

Activision subsidiary Vicarious Visions was at one point working on a tactics-based spin-off of the main Call of Duty series, judging by the online résumé of one of the studio's animators.

Call of Duty sales slow: Modern Warfare 3's tally dips below Black Ops'

Call of Duty sales are slowing: Modern Warfare 3 sales are behind where sales for predecessor Black Ops were a year ago.

That's according to analysts at Macquarie Equities, who believe Modern Warfare 3 sales to be 4.2 per cent lower, reported Gamasutra.

Apparently, Modern Warfare 3's March 2012 sales were half of Black Ops' March 2011 sales. But specific sales figures aren't publicly available to check.

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Modern Warfare 3 Elite DLC dated for PS3

UPDATE: Activision retracts "mistake" date.

Update: Modern Warfare 3 Content Drops 4, 5 and 6 won't be released for premium Elite subscribers on PS3 on 12th April. Activision's Dan Amrich said the date was "a mistake", and the proper date is "TBD".

Next round of Modern Warfare 3 DLC announced

Next round of Modern Warfare 3 DLC announced

New map this month, Spec Ops missions in March.

The next batch of Modern Warfare 3 DLC launches on Xbox 360 from 21st February for premium Elite members, Activision has announced.

It's a new multiplayer map called Overwatch set on a construction site atop a New York skyscraper - see the screenshot below.

"Battle takes place along two levels in a near symmetrical layout, with the central bridge and side routes open to attack from multiple angles. Watch your every step, as a lack of boundaries surrounding the perimeter leaves nothing to prevent you from falling far to the ground below," read the announcement blurb.

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Beachhead reveals Call of Duty: Elite Clan Operation details, screenshots

Call of Duty: Elite developer Beachhead has revealed new details and screenshots for Clan Operations.

These are being put through "extensive testing", promised Beachhead on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 forum. "And while we can't give you a date on when it will be ready, it is getting closer every day," the developer added.

Clan leaders can enlist in a Clan Operation via the Compete section of Elite.

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Modern Warfare 3 Title Update 8 released on Xbox Live

Modern Warfare 3 Title Update 8 released on Xbox Live

Striker nerf! YouTube upload speeds increased!

Title Update 8 has been released for Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox Live, and is in certification on PlayStation 3.

"It will be out shortly on all platforms soon," wrote Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling, perhaps in a hurry.

Title Update 8 improves networking, Theater, "host disadvantage" and "lag comp".

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GTA5, COD to account for quarter of all year's game sales - report

GTA5, COD to account for quarter of all year's game sales - report

Gaming's biggest franchises to dominate coming financial year.

Two video games, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Call of Duty, will account for around a quarter of all video game sales in the coming financial year, a report suggests.

A third of all money made from video games in the next year will also come from just those two titles, US financial analyst Baird Equity Research states (reported by Gamasutra).

Release dates for Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 5 and Activision's next Call of Duty game have yet to be announced, although it's a fair bet that both will launch before April 2013.

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Infinity Ward mentions "next generation" in job posting

We're sorry. This stuff is like catnip though, seriously.

Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward has dropped a hint in a job ad that at least one project for next-generation hardware may be under way within the walls of its studio in Encino, California. In related news, two plus two is now thought to equal five.

Inside Activision on the day Modern Warfare 3 leaked

Hirshberg: "I'd just had surgery on my lower back, and my iPhone starts vibrating..."

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has revealed what happened inside the Call of Duty publisher on the day last year that Kotaku posted masses of leaked Modern Warfare 3 details.

UK 2011 Modern Warfare 3 sales lower than 2010 Black Ops sales

UK 2011 Modern Warfare 3 sales lower than 2010 Black Ops sales

Adele heads list of last year's most popular entertainment.

Call of Duty game Modern Warfare 3 sold fewer copies than Black Ops in the UK in a comparable time frame.

In 2011, Modern Warfare 3 shifted 2,814,609 copies, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has revealed (using data provided by weekly counter GfK Chart-Track).

In 2010, Black Ops shifted 3,266,298 copies.

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First Modern Warfare 3 DLC release date and details

First Modern Warfare 3 DLC release date and details

Infinity Ward explains who gets what and when.

The first two Modern Warfare 3 DLC 'drops' for Xbox 360 premium Elite members arrives on 24th January, Activision has announced.

You'll be getting two new multiplayer maps. Liberation is a sniper-friendly map set in New York's Central Park, while Piazza takes the action to a seaside village in Italy.

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling told Eurogamer that there is not yet a confirmed date for when PlayStation 3 and PC subscribers can get their hands on the content, but "they will be staggered after the Xbox release."

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First Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC release date revealed

The first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC launches on 24th January 2012, Infinity Ward has announced.

That is, if you're a Call of Duty Elite subscriber and you own an Xbox 360.

The "full season of content for Modern Warfare 3 kicks off for Elite subscribers 24th January on Xbox Live," Infinity Ward creative strategist said on the Call of Duty Elite exclusive show Roll Call (you have to be a premium member to watch it).

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New Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gameplay modes added

New Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gameplay modes added

Title update addresses host disadvantage and lag compensation.

Infinity Ward has added new gameplay modes to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Drop Zone launches this weekend. Hardcore Ricochet and Hardcore HQ Ricochet go live on the public playlist today.

Infinity Ward has also added Community Playlists. "This is where we will add popular or unique private match modes to the public playlists, so you can start ranking up on them!" Robert Bowling said on the Call of Duty forum.

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Modern Warfare 3 hot-fix December update

Modern Warfare 3 hot-fix December update

And what Infinity Ward is working on.

A hot-fix title update has been released for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

This 'nerfs' FMG9, Type95 and Akimbo FMG9 weapons.

The PS3 hitmarker sound was on the original list but taken off in a subsequent edit.

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Modern Warfare 3 sells 8.9m in debut US month - report

Modern Warfare 3 sells 8.9m in debut US month - report

Less than 100,000 of those were on Wii.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sold 8.9 million copies in the US during its first month on sale, according to analyst firm Cowen & Company.

As reported by Gamasutra, that's nearly 10 per cent more than the eight million Black Ops managed in its first month on sale last year.

Modern Warfare 3's tally apparently only included 100,000 copies of the Wii version. Even fewer customers bought the Windows version, though the NPD data cited doesn't take into account Steam purchases.

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Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim dominate crowded November US sales chart

Modern Warfare 3, Skyrim dominate crowded November US sales chart

Halo, Mario, Sonic, Rayman, Need For Speed miss top 10.

UPDATE: Hardware sales numbers are trickling in. The Xbox 360 moved 1.7 million, the Wii 860,000, the 3DS managed 795,000 and the DS 350,000. Sony is yet to offer up its results.

A few game totals have been revealed too. Uncharted 3 sold 700,000, while Super Mario 3D Land managed 625,000. Skyward Sword sold more than 600,000 in its first week, but Nintendo didn't confirm a total for the month.

ORIGINAL STORY: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was November's biggest selling game of the month in the US, according to the latest set of NPD data.

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UK Top 40: Modern Warfare 3 sales increase

UK Top 40: Modern Warfare 3 sales increase

Mario Kart 7 skids into 8th.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 continues to dominate the UK video games chart, its sales rising 2 per cent to secure a fourth week on top.

3DS game Mario Kart 7 was this week's sole newcomer, and finished eighth. That's higher than fellow 3DS exclusive Super Mario 3D Land managed three weeks ago, but it is much quieter now.

FIFA 12 sales improved to take the football game to second place. However, EA's game was still 55,000 sales short of rampant chart leader Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

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Modern Warfare 3 tops Japanese chart

Plus, top five debut for Saints Row: The Third.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has won over the generally shooter-shy Japanese public, debuting at the top of the country's weekly software chart.

GameStop sells 600,000 Call of Duty Elite memberships

GameStop sells 600,000 Call of Duty Elite memberships

One of GameStop's top 10 launches of the year so far.

US shop giant GameStop has sold over half a million Call of Duty Elite memberships, it has revealed.

Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time, and is approaching a billion dollars in sales - but publisher Activision is yet to comment on the performance of Elite, its stat tracking and social service.

But it looks like it's off to a flyer - GameStop, the biggest specialist video game shop in the US, sold 600,000 "instances", as it calls it, of Elite. This makes Elite one of GameStop's top 10 launches of the year so far.

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Activision can't guarantee Call of Duty Elite will launch on PC

Activision can't guarantee Call of Duty Elite will launch on PC

"We are working towards a universal Elite experience."

Activision has cast doubt on the launch of Call of Duty Elite on PC after it said it was unable to guarantee its availability on the platform.

The PC version of Elite, the Beachhead Studio-developed service that expands the multiplayer side of Call of Duty, was delayed by Activision ahead of Modern Warfare 3's launch.

Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny said the decision was taken to ensure a safe PC environment.

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COD vs BF3 sales war: who's the real victor?

COD vs BF3 sales war: who's the real victor?

Honours are even, reckon analysts.

Barely a month has passed in the last year without EA reiterating its intent for Battlefield to steal a significant share of the FPS market from Activision's Call of Duty, and in the long term to eventually overtake it.

With both games now on shelves and early sales figures in (Battlefield 3 did five million in a week, Modern Warfare 3 did more than 6.5 million in a day), a number of industry analysts have offered Eurogamer their thoughts on just how that strategy is panning out.

The consensus? Everyone's a winner.

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Call of Duty Elite mobile app delayed

Activision doesn't want to overload stressed servers.

The launch of the Call of Duty Elite mobile app has been pushed back until the new stat-tracking service is stable, Activision has announced.

UK top 40: Modern Warfare 3 sells fewer than Black Ops

UK top 40: Modern Warfare 3 sells fewer than Black Ops

Skyrim, second, is fifth biggest of 2011.

UPDATE: The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment has been in touch to say the "just under two million units sales" and £83.1 million revenue figures for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are "unverified" and should be disregarded.

ORIGINAL STORY: Modern Warfare 3 demolished all opposition to conquer the UK video game sales chart this week.

Surprisingly, Modern Warfare 3 sold fewer units in the UK in one week than previous Call of Duty instalment Black Ops.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 biggest entertainment launch ever

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 biggest entertainment launch ever

Life-to-date COD sales beat Star Wars, Lord of the Rings box office.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has set the record for the biggest entertainment launch ever, Activision has announced.

It generated an eye-watering $400 million in the US and UK alone. It sold more than 6.5 million units in the US and UK in the first 24 hours of release, according to Chart-Track and retail customer sell-through information.

Modern Warfare 3 beats Call of Duty: Black Ops' record, set this time last year. Black Ops had estimated day one sell through of $360 million. 2009's Modern Warfare 2 had a sell through of $310 million.

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Call of Duty Elite members get one month free

Activision makes good for ongoing launch hiccups.

All paid-up Call of Duty Elite premium members get an extra 30 days added to their account for free, as compensation for ongoing issues with the service, Activision has announced.

EU PlayStation Store update 9th November

EU PlayStation Store update 9th November

Premier Manager! COD Elite! Black Ops for £47.99!

Premier Manager 2012 and Call of Duty Elite headline this week's European PlayStation Store update.

Call of Duty Elite unlocks free access to 20 pieces of Modern Warfare 3 DLC, which will be released from early 2012. You also get access to premium video service Elite TV, plus a huge array of post-match statistics.

Sadly, you can't download the full Modern Warfare 3 PS3 game. You can, however, download Call of Duty: Black Ops, providing you have £47.99 and 14GB hard-drive space spare.

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Out This Week - 11/11/11

Modern Warfare 3! Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim!

It's come round fast. The mythical-sounding 11/11/11 Skyrim release date Bethesda announced last year is soon to be upon us.

Watch the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 London launch online

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 London launch event will be streamed online via YouTube.

www.youtube.com/codmw3launch is the dedicated YouTube channel that will stream the event from 7pm tonight as guests arrive on the green carpet. See what they did there?

Your hosts are TV presenter Rick Edwards, Microsoft's Graeme Boyd aka AceyBongos, and YouTube super user DaveyBoyz.

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UK Modern Warfare 3 midnight launches

UK Modern Warfare 3 midnight launches

Oh COD, here we go again.

Modern Warfare 3, potentially the biggest game ever, will launch this Tuesday, 8th November.

At 00.01am on Tuesday morning - more commonly known as midnight, Monday - you'll be able to buy the game at shops across the UK.

Game and Gamestation will open 574 shops at midnight to welcome Modern Warfare 3.

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Fusion: Genesis release date, price

Fusion: Genesis release date, price

What's on Xbox Live this month?

Fusion: Genesis, the debut game by ex-Rare staffers Starfire Studios, will be released on 9th November via Xbox Live Arcade. The sci-fi twin-stick shooter will cost 800 Microsoft Points (£6.80).

Earlier next week, on 7th November, you'll find Call of Duty subscription service Elite. This costs 4000 MSP (£34) and grants access to a huge list of premium features, including 20 pieces of DLC.

Today, according to Major Nelson, you'll find the Forza 4 November Speed Pack, as well as Batman: Arkham City's Nightwing Bundle. Each costs 560 MSP (£4.76).

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Modern Warfare 3 PC questions answered

"We value the PC player," says Infinity Ward.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 developer Infinity Ward has outlined the features specific to the PC version of the game and reiterated its commitment to PC gamers and the PC platform.

COD Elite beta shutting down tonight

COD Elite beta shutting down tonight

Beta activity carries over.

The Call of Duty Elite beta shuts down at 8pm tonight as Activision prepares to launch Modern Warfare 3.

The Connect, Compete and Improve sections will remain closed, but access to the Career page will soon open to all.

When it does, Call of Duty gamers will have access to Black Ops stats.

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Dev defends ageing Call of Duty engine

"This thing is a Porsche."

Modern Warfare 3 co-developer Sledgehammer Games has stepped up to defend the Call of Duty game engine against allegations that it's starting to show its age.

Sledgehammer boss dismisses BF3 rivalry

Plus, why there's no Modern Warfare 3 beta.

Sledgehammer Games boss Glen Schofield has dismissed the suggestion of any rivalry between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3, insisting: "My competition has been Modern Warfare 2."

New MW3 gameplay during England game

New MW3 gameplay during England game

Rooney still ready to play.

World exclusive gameplay of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will premiere at half time during the Montenegro vs. England European Championship qualifier tonight.

The single-player trailer goes live at 9pm UK time on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.

After the footage is shown here it will be sent out to the rest of the world for global consumption.

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IW vows to combat PC cheats in MW3

"There's been a lot of work put into it."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 developer Infinity Ward has vowed to do a better job of combating cheats in the PC version of the game than it did with Modern Warfare 2.

Activision: COD Elite to set a precedent

Social network add-ons to be a "necessity".

Ancillary services like Call of Duty: Elite and Battlefield 3's Battlelog will be "a necessity" for all mainstream games in the not-too-distant future, according to Activision's digital VP.

Call of Duty Elite beta now on PS3

Call of Duty Elite beta now on PS3

Stats entertainment.

The Call of Duty Elite beta goes live on PlayStation 3 today, Activision has announced.

Access will be activated in stages, with limited invitations rolling out from today.

Features being tested in the beta include stat tracking, the use of custom player groups, competitive events and video sharing, with many more then added when it launches for real on 8th November.

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Modern Warfare 3 at Eurogamer Expo

Playable throughout the show.

Eurogamer is thrilled to announce that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 completes the line-up of playable games at this year's Eurogamer Expo.

Activision ousts MW3.com owner

But MW4.com still taunts publisher.

Call of Duty publisher Activision has ousted the owners of www.ModernWarfare3.com after a long-running legal battle.

COD Elite promotes gamer "respect"

"Creates a social contract" - Activision.

By encouraging gamers out of the shadows, Call of Duty Elite has had the knock-on effect of people treating their "neighbours" with "respect", Activision has observed.

Still unsure whether Call of Duty Elite's premium content warrants £34.99 of your hard-earned cash? Activision has just released a full feature list to try and sway you.

Limited ed. Modern Warfare 3 360 coming

COD-branded headset and controller too.

A limited edition Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 console launches in tandem with the new entry in the Call of Duty series this November, Microsoft has announced.

How Infinity Ward re-built itself

Alcohol helped, apparently.

Working on Modern Warfare 3 following the departure of studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella in early 2010 was "an extremely tough time" according to the game's producer Mark Rubin.

Sledgehammer's cancelled Call of Duty

Sledgehammer's cancelled Call of Duty

Prototype was "pretty compelling".

Sledgehammer Games ditched development on its third-person action adventure Call of Duty game to work on Modern Warfare 3 because it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Sledgehammer, co-founded by ex-Dead Space chief Glen Schofield, and Michael Condrey in 2009, was conceived to make a new game in the COD franchise, but the pull of Modern Warfare 3 proved too great.

"The opportunity to work on the biggest thing in the industry with Infinity Ward, that's demonstrated that they know how to do exceptional software, was just an opportunity we couldn't [miss]," Condrey told GameSpot.

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Following yesterday's Deus Ex fashion line announcement, Modern Warfare 3 is the latest brand to jump on the catwalk, this time with officially sanctioned "gaming eyewear".

Activision condemns EA "mudslinging"

COD vs BF3 banter "hurts the industry."

EA's recent spate of public "mudslinging" over this year's Modern Warfare 3/Battlefield 3 showdown is bad for the industry, so says Activision exec Eric Hirshberg.

Dev says fans will want COD Elite premium

"Missing the target" if it's not a "slam dunk".

Beachhead Studios has told Eurogamer that if "uber fans" of Modern Warfare 3 don't end up wanting premium accounts for Call of Duty: Elite then the developer will regard that as a failure.

Dedicated servers for Mod Warfare 3 PC

Plus: COD Elite "console app" planned.

Activision has said that it will support dedicated servers in the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 despite ongoing concerns about how they can be used to cheat online.

COD: Modern Warfare 3 DS announced

COD: Modern Warfare 3 DS announced

Dev explains why 3DS misses out.

A version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released for DS, developer n-Space has announced.

An Australian ratings board listing reveals its full title as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance.

The 3DS will apparently miss out on the action however. Disappointed? Don't blame n-Space, the company has said, replying to fan outcry at the lack of support for Nintendo's new handheld.

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Modern Warfare 3 Wii confirmed

Modern Warfare 3 Wii confirmed

Nobody will be "left out of the excitement".

A Wii version of Modern Warfare 3 launches alongside the already-announced PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version, publisher Activision has confirmed.

Publishing exec Eric Hirshberg made the announcement during an investor call today, explaining it's releasing the game on Nintendo's system "so as not to leave any of the community out of the excitement."

Hirshberg didn't reveal who is responsible for porting it over, though Treyarch was behind the Wii versions of both Black Ops and Modern Warfare. Modern Warfare 2 never made it to the system.

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BF3 pre-orders on a par with Black Ops

Analyst raises sales estimate.

Battlefield 3's pre-order numbers are "roughly comparable" with those of Call of Duty: Black Ops, according to industry analyst firm Cowen & Company.

Industry foresees free-to-play future

Free-to-play Call of Duty could change industry.

Gaming is heading towards a free-to-play future, with leading industry lights predicting the business model will take hold within the next few years.

Robert Bowling will buy Battlefield 3

MW man says, "You should be getting both."

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling told Eurogamer today that he can see no reason why a dedicated shooter fan wouldn't want to own both Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 when the two go head to head this year.

Call of Duty Elite beta PC, PS3 details

Call of Duty Elite beta PC, PS3 details

Updated release windows.

PC and PlayStation 3 gamers will have to wait to jump into the Call of Duty: Elite beta, Activision has said.

The social network and stat tracking service is already live for Xbox 360 owners.

PS3 gamers get Elite "this summer". PC gamers have to wait until the autumn.

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Modern Warfare 3 to permit Party Chat

Only Search & Destroy still exempt.

Unlike its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will support Party Chat for the majority of its multiplayer modes, developer Infinity Ward has confirmed.

COD: Elite beta kicks off today

COD: Elite beta kicks off today

2 million volunteers ready to serve.

The first wave of invitations for the Call of Duty: Elite beta go out today, Activision has confirmed.

As explained by community man Dan Amrich on his One of Swords blog, those who signed up should check their email inboxes to see if they've made it in.

Access is being granted, for the most part, in order of who signed up first. If you don't get a call-up today, fret not - further waves of invitations will go out "later".

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CODCon: Call of Duty XP event announced

CODCon: Call of Duty XP event announced

12-acres! Maps made real! MW3! COD Elite!

Call of Duty has a big enough fan following to warrant an expo, a fanfest, a CODCon. So that's what Activision is doing.

Say hello to Call of Duty XP, a two-day event at a 12-ace compound in Los Angeles, America. Call of Duty XP takes place on 2nd and 3rd September.

Tickets cost $150, and there are a modest 6000 of them. They go on sale from 19th July, and can be snapped up by people outside the US and Canada as well as from within.

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Infinity Ward "lifers" working on MW3

Activision calms fears after mass exodus.

Many of the developers who made Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 are working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – despite the mass exodus following the sacking of Vince Zampella and Jason West.

Sledgehammer's COD spin-off sidelined

"Franchise extension" could still happen.

An action adventure title set in the Call of Duty universe that Sledgehammer Games was working on before it was drafted in to help out on Modern Warfare 3 could still see release, Activision has revealed.

Huge Call of Duty: Elite beta sign-ups

Huge Call of Duty: Elite beta sign-ups

"More would be even better."

More than two million people want in on the Call of Duty: Elite beta, Activision has revealed.

That many people registered their interest in under two weeks.

Activision's social media "guy" Dan Amrich revealed the number on his blog. "It blew my mind," he said.

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Ancel attacks gratuitous FPS violence

Devs should take inspiration from movies.

As it has done for the past few years, the FPS genre dominated E3 this month. However, as exemplified by the likes of Brothers In Arms: Furious 4, Far Cry 3, Rage and Modern Warfare 3, the class of 2011 seemed to boast a particularly brutal streak.

Xbox 360 gets Modern Warfare 3 Exclusivity

Map packs and add-ons coming first to Microsoft’s console.

Xbox 360 will be getting exclusivity on Modern Warfare 3's map packs and add-ons, according to a low key statement at the end of a presentation at this morning's E3 2011 presentation.

Call of Duty Elite public beta date

A private-public beta test for Call of Duty Elite will begin on 14th July, Activision has announced.

Participation will be by invite only.

Invites will be given to gamers playing Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer. No platforms were specified, which suggests a mutli-platform beta test.

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COD Elite: What you'll get for free

"Even the haters can play for free."

Activision's long-rumoured Call of Duty subscription service was finally outed last week to great fanfare. But while there will be premium features for paying customers, the publisher claims the service will also be "the best free service on the market".

How much will Call of Duty: Elite cost?

Analysts put price at around £3 a month.

Call of Duty: Elite's subscription services will set gamers back around $5 (£3) a month, so say a selection of industry analysts canvassed by Eurogamer.

Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer details leak

Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer details leak

Nukes out, new perks and killstreaks in.

Details of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer modes have appeared, courtesy of a Kotaku source.

According to the tipster, multiplayer will be split between traditional maps and co-op Spec Ops maps. As reported last week, the latter will include both a survival mode and mission-based stages.

It's thought that around 20 maps are currently being worked on, though it's not clear how many will come with the game and how many will be offered post-launch as DLC.

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COD TV series for Call of Duty: Elite

"Top Hollywood talent" enrolled.

Those who subscribe to Call of Duty: Elite, the social networking, stat-tracking service for the gargantuan first-person shooter series, get exclusive access to a Call of Duty web TV series.

Activision: COD Elite will kill cheaters

Dedicated staff ensure nothing "exposed".

Amid the ongoing Sony hack furore, Activision has pledged to ensure that Call of Duty: Elite, the new multiplayer-focused service set to launch alongside Modern Warfare 3 this November, will help rid the game of cheaters.

Modern Warfare 3 Spec Ops detailed

New Survival Mode added.

Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops co-op mode is getting special attention for the upcoming sequel, co-developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer have announced.

Acti: MW3 leak became marketing win

But still hasn't identified perpetrator.

Activision has offered its perspective on the massive leak that laid Modern Warfare 3 bare last week, detailing how it tried to turn the situation into a "marketing win".

Modern Warfare 3 patches a

Modern Warfare 3 patches a "major focus"

Infinity Ward heard your feedback.

Modern Warfare 3 will not suffer from its predecessor's lack of post-launch support, Infinity Ward has insisted.

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling tweeted that constant patches would be a top priority for the developer.

"That is a major focus of mine and the entire team since the feedback from Modern Warfare 2," Bowling wrote.

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Modern Warfare 3 release date

Modern Warfare 3 release date

Amazon confirms 8th November launch.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hits UK shelves on 8th November, according to an Amazon listing.

If true, that confirms reports from Eurogamer sources published last week.

Activision finally took the lid off its forthcoming FPS sequel over the weekend, following a massive leak on Friday that dumped full plot and gameplay details on the internet.

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