‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3′ Trailer Outs November 8 Release Date

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Modern Warfare 3 leak? What Modern Warfare 3 leak? Forget about all of that. This here’s the real deal. Activision’s released a new offcial teaser for their upcoming blockbuster first-person shooter and it’s literally blowing up everything in sight.

As already reported, the threequel to the best-selling Modern Warfare games creates a virtual global conflict that embroils at least four global superpowers being attacked by a cabal led by Russian extremist terrorist Vladimir Makarov. Makharov’s a sworn enemy of the West, and the biggest cities in Western Europe and the United States appear to be sites of conflict for Modern Warfare 3. We’ve got trains derailing in the London tube, battleships in the Hudson, airstrikes on the NYC skyline, and tear gas and firefights in the 15th Arrondisment in Paris. That’s just for starters.

Watching the trailer raises a few questions, though. While it appears that the footage is a mix of gameplay from various parts of the single-player campaign, it’s not clear whether this is a new engine or a heavily modified Modern Warfare 2 engine.

On Twitter, Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling said:

We haven’t gone into detail on the engine yet but we’ve moved beyond the MW2 engine and added a lot of cool stuff for #MW3.

MW3 represents the biggest COD game to date in terms of production scale, with no less than three studios working on it. Infinity Ward started the resurgence of the Call of Duty franchise with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and cemented its dominance with Modern Warfare 2.

But that studio’s founders–Jason West and Vince Zampella–left due to disputes over equity and compensation with parent company Activision. They went on to create the Respawn studio at Activision rival Electronic Arts.

Activision then poached talent from Electronic Arts to form Sledgehammer Games, who’re supposedly working on another COD title as well. (Seriously, it’s like a soap opera up in here. When do we find out about the evil twin?) And it’s been speculated that Raven Software, another Activision studio that’s done map packs for other COD games, will be working on the multiplayer as well.

Activision’s also been teasing a new COD platform that will change the way the series approaches competitive multiplayer and it’s probably going to figure into how Modern Warfare 3 handles its online service.

We’re sure to see more details coming out, either by leakage or official channels as E3 approaches, so don’t burn out your excite-o-meters just yet. Or maybe just take them to the shop and get them tuned up.

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