You might have read our review of the Battlefield 3 multiplayer. I think it’s only fair if we cover its main competitor – the heavyweight champion of first person shooters, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In response to quite an aggressive PR campaign by EA, Activision (publisher behind Call of Duty series) has organised a whole two-day event in Los-Angeles. They have called it COD XP, and it is completely dedicated to the upcoming game.
The most interesting offering so far has been the first multiplayer trailer. It looks pretty sweet:
Unfortunately we didn’t get our hands on the game, but you can read a multiplayer review here.
Besides the trailer, several announcements have been made:
- Call of Duty Elite, Activision’s premium social networking service will cost $49.99 (around £31) per year and grant subscribers monthly access to new MW3 content.
- It will also allow participation in tournaments with prizes, and subscribers will be treated to a regular game-themed TV show made by Ridley Scott, among other people.
- The service will be integrated with Facebook and smartphones.
- There’s a special Xbox 360 bundle in the works for the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It will include a MW3-themed console with a 320GB hard drive and two matching controllers.
Everyone who attends the two-day event will receive the Hardened Edition of the game for free. What’s inside it, you ask? The game disc with “unique art”, one year membership to Call of Duty: Elite, “special founder status” on said social network, clan XP boost and a limited edition field journal, which chronicles “the entire saga with 100+ pages of authentic military sketches, diagrams, and written entries”. Plus other goodies. All in a premium steelbook case. For those of us who didn’t attend COD XP, the Hardened Edition will cost £89.99.
It looks like Activision attempts to rally the hardcore fans in defence of its flagship franchise. I’m not saying it needs defending, the game looks superb. This is the battle for the hearts and minds (and wallets) of the gamers, fought between two giant publishers, two mammoth brands. The question remains: why choose one of the games if you can have both?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and even Wii on November 8.