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Activision Blizzard showcases a 9-minute gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The teaser gave players a glimpse of Verdansk's Gulag at the start of the cinematic campaign.

"Operation 627" is a nod to the mission from 2009's Modern Warfare 2.

We've known for a while now that Warzone's Verdansk map will be featured in some form in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The extended gameplay trailer revealed at Gamescom 2023 just confirmed that players are indeed returning to a part of the battle royale map.

At Gamescom Opening Night, Activision Blizzard showcased the first cinematic gameplay trailer for the upcoming sequel to last year's Modern Warfare 2. The teaser unveils the first mission called "Operation 627" which sees Taskforce 141 execute an amphibious raid of "The Gulag." Warzone fans will instantly recognize the location as part of the Verdansk map.

The gameplay trailer sees the elite military team exit a submarine and scale up the wall of the seaside prison. The team makes their way to the underground complex to rescue someone from within the Gulag.

"Operation 627" is seemingly a nod to an older Call of Duty mission of the same name from 2009's Modern Warfare 2. During the mission, the player is sent to rescue an individual from a Russian prison, which turns out to be Captain Price. The showers featured in the Gulag from Warzone were heavily inspired by the Modern Warfare 2 mission.

It seems that Price will again be captured by again in Modern Warfare 3. He is not part of the trailer but it would be easy to assume that he is the one being held captive. Activision also revealed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will feature open-combat missions which is a new addition to the series.

In open-combat missions, players can choose how they will advance through a level. While stealth would be the preferred option in most cases, operators can choose to go on a full-on assault. Players will choose their own loadouts of weapons, equipment, and even killstreaks for these open-combat missions.

Players will be returning to Verdansk at the start of the campaign.

The presenters also briefly mentioned the multiplayer and zombies modes coming in Modern Warfare 3. The upcoming installment will feature 16 multiplayer maps from the original Modern Warfare 2 and add the largest zombie map ever. The zombies game mode will be an open-world extraction shooter and features a strictly PvE experience.

Activision also announced that an official showcase event for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will take place on November 5. The upcoming event will give players another chance to see the gameplay for the upcoming installment, including multiplayer and zombies, before the game is released.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on November 10, 2023.

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  1. The trailer is making me more excited for the campaign. If there is a lot of stealth like this in the game, I will be very pleased. This is the kind of game I want to play.

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