We knew another Call of Duty was coming, we figured it was going to be Modern Warfare 3, but Kotaku reported a trove of details about the alleged project today, an information dump about the collaboration between Infinity Ward, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games.
Infinity Ward has since acknowledged the leak occurred, though said details are inaccurate.
"A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on #MW3, some still accurate, some not," tweeted Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling. "To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal."
Kotaku's reporting on Modern Warfare 3 goes deep into spoiler territory, as the headline suggests. I'm not going to lay those details out here. If you'd like to know more about the storyline, including details about who lives and who dies, I'll point you in their direction. I'll be sticking to the broad strokes here.
Like the other Modern Warfare games, Modern Warfare 3 will reportedly take players around the world for a 15-mission campaign, picking up immediately after the cliffhanger from Modern Warfare 2. The game opens with New York City under full assault, takes players to Paris, London and other notable locales under siege in what appears to be World War III, and concludes in--well, I won't say.
Multiplayer will, naturally, play an important role in the sequel, especially expanding the popular Spec Ops mode. Spec Ops will allegedly include both "Mission" and "Survival" modes. The number of traditional multiplayer maps is pegged at around 20, but that could easily change by November.
There's not much that's a surprise here. The surprise is that so much managed to leak before E3, where it's looking like Activision was prepared to finally bring Modern Warfare 3 into the spotlight.