Just when you think you’ve seen it all, here comes a curveball. With Modern Warfare 3 about to hit the shelves, the word is out that this isn’t just a sequel; it’s a nostalgic nod to the past. Developers at Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward have thrown us a bone by deciding to include all 16 launch maps from Modern Warfare 2, the game’s predecessor from 2009.
So what does this mean for you, the player? It’s not merely about continuing the war or chasing new quests. This is about bringing back a sense of the familiar, and adding a dash of comfort to the chaos. Maps like Afghan, Estate, and Highrise are getting dusted off and thrust back into the limelight. And there’s no need to worry about feeling lost in a time warp, the maps will keep their original look.
But it’s not all old news. Come December, the first live season will roll out three brand-new 6v6 core maps, with more to come as the seasons progress. However, it’s worth noting that these throwback maps won’t support some of the new Modern Warfare 3 gameplay modes like “Cutthroat.”
Sure, we can discuss all the new tweaks and features coming, from the aftermarket gun parts to the new Zombies experience. But let’s not forget the familiar landscape that will be part of this new yet old journey. Shortly after launch, Modern Warfare 3 will welcome back a set of maps from 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 in a dedicated playlist.
The game is set to launch on November 10, 2023, with early access opening up on November 2 for those who pre-ordered. So mark those calendars and get ready to step into the old and the new rolled into one.