We’ve already caught wind of the twenty maps that will supposedly comprise the game’s competitive multiplayer. Infinity Ward have said that they are also taking inspiration from the Battlefield franchise in terms of larger scale battles. Expect epic sixteen aside fights across larger maps. An increased level of diversity will help the multiplayer stay even more relevant in today’s exceptionally competitive market. Let’s just hope the multiplayer doesn’t stray too far from its winning formula. The best of both worlds will truly make Modern Warfare 3 one of the most engaging multiplayer games ever.
One element of the multiplayer that may concern fans is the split-development that will also be affecting the game’s online components. This time it’s Raven software who will be assisting in multiplayer development. Raven have a solid background working on titles such as Quake 4 and the recent Wolfenstein reboot but, as these games received a rather mixed critical and commercial response, I’m sure some are rather concerned about their involvement in Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer. The Modern Warfare multiplayer has always been a sacred cow, but at least Raven have a decent amount of experience in the field. Rest assured that they will do a good job on the multiplayer. It may not turn out exactly the same as in previous games in the series, but a little bit of progression should go a long way.
That said, it would definitely work in Modern Warfare 3’s favour if it can successfully include some of the more unique features to the franchise that have been seen in previous iterations of the Call of Duty series. Though it was developed by Treyarch, Black Ops introduced some interesting multiplayer modes that could add to MW3’s, already impressive sounding, repertoire. The more obscure modes available through the wager match system would make an interesting aside to the core multiplayer modes in Modern Warfare 3. As MW3 is unlikely to use Black Ops’ CoD points system these would need to be heavily modified to work. Regardless, the refreshing and unique game modes introduced via the wager matches would give Modern Warfare 3 even more to brag about. The stripped down game modes of Black Ops that removed perks and weapon attachments would also help appease Call of Duty purists. When it comes to multiplayer modes, the more the merrier. Let’s just hope Modern Warfare 3 is successfully able to build upon the franchise’s foundations.