As an avid PC gamer, I have played many game titles, almost too many to count. I played the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare back in 2007, then I revisited it in Full HD, at all the highest settings, on the HP EliteBook 8730w in 2008 (ah, the good times we had). Well, I didn’t expect a sequel, but nevertheless Activision spawned a sequel to the original Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare… two years later in 2009, we saw Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
In Modern Warfare 2, Activision/Infinity Ward decided they’d end the single player campaign with a cliffhanger… just what happened to Makarov after he betrayed you earlier on in the game at the controversial “airport scene”. There was little mention of Makarov after that, but we all knew the subsequent events in the game were tied in as a result of his actions, didn’t we?
Yes I’m very disappointed after all that hype, the Find Makarov countdown led to a trailer for a fan-made trailer for an unofficial Modern Warfare movie. I see mixed reactions all over the net: people excited at the quality level of an independently produced trailer for a potential upcoming independently film… and the group of people who are completely underwhelmed with the Find Makarov hype and that Modern Warfare 3, the REAL deal, an actual game, did not end up getting announced. I think it’s apparent I’m in the latter group.
I do not think that Modern Warfare 3 will be a prequel about the Modern Warfare 2 character “Ghost”. It would just not make sense because they’ve already got a whole comic book dedicated to the origins of Ghost, and it would also not be a wise marketing move on Activision’s behalf, in my opinion, since after that cliffhanger at the end of the previous games, most fans want to see Modern Warfare 3 as a sequel, not a prequel or spinoff. There is no doubt Modern Warfare 3 will be a sequel for sure, but it is likely to feature several flashbacks from Ghost’s perspective, so do expect some parts of the comic book to be revitalized in video game form.
The famous (or infamous, to some gamers) Robert Bowling from Infinity Ward has already implied there will not be a totally new gaming engine built from the ground up for Modern Warfare 3. So expect the same style and level of graphics as the previous two Modern Warfares (and likely some features from the recent Call of Duty: Black Ops such as slow motion and bullet time, and true night-time scenes).
What I think Modern Warfare 3 definitely NEEDS to do is reinvent the wheel with multiplayer. The last couple of Call of Duty titles after Call of Duty 4 (for the record, Modern Warfare 3 will essentially be “Call of Duty 8”) have been based around roughly the same multiplayer system, with Modern Warfare 2 mixing things up a bit with “more achievements and unlockables” and Black Ops adding a “purchase what you want with multiplayer points” system. That or risk going stale and going the route of Activision’s recently killed-off Guitar Hero series. The multiplayer aspect of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 needs to be more than just “go after the other team, rack up points, unlock stuff, level up, rinse and repeat”.
Activision has mentioned and confirmed earlier this year there will be a new Call of Duty title ready for the holiday season of 2011 (November), but now the question remains… when will be announced? I hope Modern Warfare 3 gets announced soon, for real this time, and the next teaser about it had better not be another “hyped up for disappointment” trailer for a live action movie! So let’s hear it from you, what would YOU like to see in the next Call of Duty game title?