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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 enters alpha playtesting phase under codename 'HailStröm'

Modern Warfare 3 will bring back Modern Warfare 2 content, making it a standalone title and a Year 2 expansion of its predecessor.

Activision's upcoming Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare 3, might not be generating widespread excitement just yet, but for those dedicated few eagerly awaiting the next installment of the first-person shooter game, here's some good news: a new report claims that the game has officially entered the alpha testing phase.

Insider Gaming reveals Modern Warfare 3, codenamed "HailStröm," is in the advanced playtesting stage. @PlaystationSize provided Insider Gaming with an image of the internal alpha, weighing approximately 20GB. However, due to copyright concerns, the image cannot be disclosed at this time.

Following the unforgettable FTC hearings debacle where the judge accidentally divulged information on the game's release date, Activision is expected to make an official reveal of the game, which is codenamed 'Jupiter', in just a few weeks.

Modern Warfare 3 was initially expected to be a premium DLC expansion of Modern Warfare 2, but it has been confirmed to be a new standalone game featuring remastered maps from previous titles in the franchise.

Sledgehammer Games is developing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The upcoming title's lack of excitement mainly boils down to Modern Warfare 2 issues. The multiplayer mode, in particular, has been a major source of disappointment for gamers. Complaints have poured in regarding the lackluster maps and the game's unsatisfying progression.

PC players have also been plagued by constant bugs and crashes, while many have noticed suspiciously lowered hit detection and aim assist after performing well in previous matches. On top of that, the unoptimized RICOCHET anti-cheat software has resulted in wrongful bans for some players.

The general consensus among gamers is that the same issues will persist in Modern Warfare 3, which begs the question: why shell out $70 and more on microtransactions and battle passes for a game you already own, just with a different name?

The answer to that question remains unclear yet. And, while Microsoft is expected to own Activision Blizzard by the time it comes out, it isn't expected to make a significant impact on the quality of the games, if at all, until much later.

Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer gun customization has also been criticized as overly complex.

Check out the key dates for Modern Warfare 3:

  • Official reveal: August
  • Beta weekend 1 (PS4/PS5): October 6 - October 10
  • Beta weekend 2 (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X/S/PC): October 12 - October 16
  • Campaign Early Access (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X/S/PC): November 2
  • Full Release (PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X/S/PC): November 10
  • Season 1 Launch/New Warzone Map: December 5

Will you be going all-in for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on day one, or will you be holding back until the reviews roll in? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  1. I just hope they do a better job with this one in terms of online play. The last CoD was an epic disappointment.

  2. Do you have to preorder to have access to the beta testing when it is open to the public? I am not sure if I am going to get this year's COD or not. I am still very much on the fence. I feel like they have let me down more and more, year after year. $70 is a huge ask at this point.

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