Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, with Raven Software having assisted in development. 

It is the third installment in the Modern Warfare series, a direct sequel to 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the eighth Call of Duty installment.

“Modern Warfare is back. The best-selling first person action series of all-time returns with the epic sequel to the multiple Game of the Year award winner Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”

Released: November 8th, 2011

Game Modes, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will have three game modes as previous games in the Call of Duty series. An epic single player campaign, an amazing multiplayer experience, and the return of special ops with the addition of a brand new Survival mode [will be updated soon].

DLC, “The way we’re doing downloadable content this year is unlike we’ve never done before. Not only in how you can get it, but also the type of content you’re getting. We’re doing more than just maps…a variety of things that players have never seen before.” - Robert Bowling

DLC Information

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Content Season includes nine consecutive months of epic downloadable content with new multiplayer maps, Special Ops missions, game modes, and more that are available first for Call of Duty Elite Premium members or later in the form of collections for non-Premium members.

In the content season, players will get over 20 pieces of content over this nine-month period.

The content season timeline can be viewed here and the complete Modern Warfare 3 Season of Content calendar can be seen here.

CONTENT DROPS

CONTENT DROPS 1 & 2: The content season began on January 28th, 2012 (Xbox Premium) with the first two content drops, Piazza and Liberation (PS3 Premium: Feb 28th).

Liberation, a militarized Central Park stretches across a vast landscape, ripe for long-range sniper and LMG fire. Mounted turrets on either end lend power to anyone brave enough to expose themselves in exchange for deadly firepower. Plan out your movement and always be aware of nearby sightlines to avoid becoming fodder for the enemy (formerly known as Park). Trailer.

Piazza, this seaside Italian getaway is anything but idyllic, as tight corners and branching pathways pose a great risk at every turn. Close-range combat dominates, and the team that best utilizes flanking routes will most often come out on top. Attacks from behind, above and below are an ever-constant threat. Keep up your awareness and don’t get taken by surprise. Trailer.

CONTENT DROP 3: In the third drop, Overwatch, was released for Xbox Premium members on February 15th and March 29th for Playstation 3 Premium.

Overwatch, shots break out on a construction site atop a New York City skyscraper. 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. Trailer.

CONTENT DROPS 4,5, & 6: On March 13th (Xbox Premium), Infinity Ward releases the next drops, containing the all-new multiplayer map Black Box and two Special Ops missions Negotiator and Black Ice (PS3 Premium: April 12th).

Black Boxbattle beside a downed Air Force One in “Black Box.” Multi-level homes overlook the neighboring streets, creating a deadly kill zone for players on the ground. With clear sight lines from house to house, however, snipers are far from safe, with counter-sniping an ever-present threat to their dominance. Those that prefer close-quarters combat can succeed in the tight confines of the crashed airplane or in hunting down enemies posted up within any of the surrounding homes. Trailer.

Black Ice, shred ice from aboard your snowmobile as you infiltrate a diamond mine in the Special Ops mission, “Black Ice.” Melt more than snow when you plant high-grade explosives to shut the mine down forever. This marks the first time Special Ops has been made downloadable online in franchise history.

Negotiator, cash in all your karma as you head to India for high-stakes hostage extraction in “Negotiator,” an all-new Special Ops mission in which you’ll breach-and-clear rooms and navigate surface streets to secure the safety of your VIPs. This marks the first time Special Ops has been made downloadable online in franchise history.

CONTENT DROPS 7 & 8: Out of the blue, the official Call of Duty Elite tweeted the reveal of Sanctuary and Foundation, the next set of drops, releasing on April 10th. Playstation 3 premium members receive the drops on May 10th.

Sanctuary, suspended in the air one thousand feet up, you’ll battle more than altitude in the towering sandstone monasteries of Central Greece. Formed over millions of years, this sanctuary’s natural rock pillars have repelled invading armies and withstood the ravages of time but now they’ll face your deployment. Test your skills—and the ancient monks’ craftsmanship—with your arsenal of SMG’s, assault rifles and shotguns. Just remember: don’t look down.

Foundation, journey into the heart of South Korea for a decommissioned concrete factory where the cement flows and bullets fly. After decades of constructing roads and buildings, the towering facility is now a perfectly-constructed combat zone for sniping and run-and-gun rules of engagement. Don’t stand in awe of the towering concrete crusher at the center of the factory unless you want to see your kill ratio meet the same fate.

CONTENT DROPS 9-12: The largest set of content drops so far brings a variety on new content: a new multiplayer map, Spec Ops missions, and new “Face-Off” maps. It is set to release to Xbox premium Elite members first on May 15th.

Oasis, though once a picturesque escape for vacationers, the sprawling Hotel Oasis is now a multiplayer paradise, with multiple lanes of combat built atop an ancient fortress.

Kill Switch, armed with an Electromagnetic Pulse, your sniper team must neutralize a Russian carrier in this Special Ops Mission where only a bird’s eye view can keep your team in command as you breach the ship from underwater.

Iron Clad, with one player helming a tank and the other escorting it on foot, you’ll clear beaches and take cover in plane wreckage as you escape Hamburg from behind enemy lines in this all-new Special Ops Mission.

Getaway, the first “Face Off” map in Modern Warfare franchise history, what once was a tropical beach getaway boasting exotic aquariums and oversized pools is now a haven for ruthless run-and-gun violence.

Lookout, carved into a combat-weary mountainside, this new “Face Off” map pits you against your opposition in a forward observation base littered in chokepoints and tight corridors.

CONTENT DROPS 13-15: On June 19th for Xbox Premium, four new DLC drops release: three Face-off maps and one Spec Ops mission. PS3 and PC dates TBA.

Arctic Recon, requiring surgical precision by air, land, and sea, this new Special Ops mission tasks you with destroying a Russian battleship by planting beacons for an air strike. Take control of a recon helicopter to reveal the beacon locations before fighting off forces on the ground to ensure the ship never leaves port.

Vortex, no storm shelter can keep you safe in “Vortex,” the all-new “Face Off” map that places you just outside the danger zone of a devastating tornado.

U-Turn, a bombed-out, gridlocked highway provides a perfect backdrop for combatants on this all-new “Face Off” map, where oil fields burn black high above six-lanes’ worth of abandoned cars, buses and paths for attack.

Intersection, a New York bridge overpass provides the backdrop for this all-new “Face Off” map in which an ultra-condensed 2-block battle zone allows players to fight on the first and second floors of surrounding apartments and bombed-out bodegas.

FREE DROPS

FREE DROPS 1 & 2: Exclusive to the new “Face-Off” mode, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games introduce Erosion and Aground – two new maps designed for the mode to “encourage strategy, skill, and teamwork like never before.” On Xbox LIVE first on May 15th!

Erosion, make your way through Mediterranean ruins and ancient aqueducts, using leftover Roman masonry for thousand-year-old cover in this new “Face Off” map.

Aground, head to Scotland’s Orkney Islands for the latest “Face Off” map, where treacherous cliff faces, networks of caves and the rusted and ruined remains of a grounded transport ship provide for constant combat.

TERMINAL: The fan-favorite Modern Warfare 2 map, Terminal, is coming to Modern Warfare 3 on all systems as a FREE map. Mark Rubin, Infinity Ward Executive Producer, has confirmed that the map will be available on July 17th for Xbox LIVE Elite premium members and July 18th for all others on Xbox for FREE. PS3 and PC dates to be announced.

CONTENT COLLECTIONS

CONTENT COLLECTION #1: The content for non-premium Elite members will release in “collections” containing the drops previously released to Premium members. The first one releases on March 20th, 2012, first to Xbox playersPS3: April 19th & PC: May 8thTrailer.

Redeploying with an arsenal of content unlike any in franchise history, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3′s first downloadable “Collection” arrives stockpiled with half-a-dozen forms of content, including four Multiplayer/Survival Mode Maps and two Special Ops Missions, marking the first time Call of Duty has ever made Special Ops downloadable online.

Armed with just this one content pack, players can choose between heading to a militarized Central Park in “Liberation,” destroying scenic vistas in a seaside Italian getaway in “Piazza,” raining glass on New York passersby from 70-stories-up in “Overwatch,” and battling beside a downed Air Force One in “Black Box.”

As if that breadth of multiplayer variety wasn’t enough, fans of Special Ops can hop aboard snowmobiles to infiltrate a diamond mine in “Black Ice” or head to India, where “Negotiator” will leave the fate of hostages in their hands. In a class of its own with half-a-dozen forms of content, Modern Warfare® 3′s first downloadable “Collection” offers a range of combat and co-op the likes of which has never been seen before.

CONTENT COLLECTION #2: The second DLC collection lands first on Xbox LIVE on May 22nd and to Playstation 3 and PC on June 21st.

Modern Warfare 3‘s second downloadable “Collection” deploys with 3 multiplayer/Survival mode maps, 2 Special Ops missions, and the introduction of 2 all-new “Face Off” maps. Totally new to the franchise, these super-concentrated hot spots distill down all the fury of Multiplayer into a whole new breed of close combat. Scoping the Mediterranean, Hamburg, a sprawling vacation resort and even the Scottish Islands, players hungry for action will have no shortage of venues to test their multiplayer and Special Ops skills.

Media, watch all the released Modern Warfare 3 trailers: behind-the-scenes, DLC, etc. (WILL BE UPDATED SOON)