Train2Game news: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to get 9 months of DLC

Train2Game student Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 players will see nine months of downloadable content for the hugely popular shooter.

The DLC will include new multiplayer maps, special ops missions and new game modes, and be available for Call of Duty Elite Premium members using Xbox LIVE before being released to those on other systems at a later date. Activision promise 20 ‘content drops’ for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 during the nine month period.

As previously reported by The Train2Game Blog, it’s possible that user-created multiplayer game modes could find their way into Modern Warfare 3, possibly via this newly announced plan for DLC.

“The mammoth launch of Modern Warfare 3 and the breakout success of Call of Duty Elite were just the beginning.  Call of Duty Elite provides an ‛always-on’ connection to our fanbase, and the MW3 Content Season is the ultimate way to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Call of Duty community and provide tremendous value to Call of Duty Elite premium members,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.

“With the Call of Duty®: MW3 Content Season for Call of Duty Elite we are delivering on our promise of more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever. With three studios collaborating on the first season, the breadth and depth of material on tap is truly extraordinary. It’s rare you can successfully execute both quantity and quality, but thanks to the expertise of our developers, the reach of Call of Duty Elite and the passion of our fans, we intend to deliver.

Train2Game students can find out more about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s ‘Content Season’ from the developers themselves in the new video below

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 became the biggest entertainment launch ever when it was released in November, as reported here by The Train2Game Blog

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Activision’s plans for Modern Warfare 3 DLC? How important do you think DLC to game developers?

Leave your comments here on The Train2Game Blog, or the Train2Game forum.

Train2Game news: Tesco & Sainsbury’s compete with cheap Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 discount deals

MW3Train2Game blog readers, along with swathes of others, are preparing for the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 tomorrow. Supermarket giants including Tesco and Sainsbury’s are once again lowering the price of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 deals in order to secure as many sales as possible.

They’ll be competing with the likes of GAME and HMV who are promoting their own deals.

Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco are selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for £25 when bought with a £16.99, 2100 Microsoft points card, a £34 year long Xbox LIVE membership, or a £25 PSN Card.  Sainsbury’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 offer sees the game cost £28.99 when purchased with £30 or more shopping.

Like Tesco, Morrisons will sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for £25 when purchased with a 12 month Xbox Live membership which costs £34.99. ASDA sell Modern Warfare 3 for £38.97 with no deals.

HMV looks to be the retailer that’ll sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the lowest price, with the game available for just £9.99 if you trade in Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 or Goldeneye.

Meanwhile, GAME will be selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for half-price when Gears of War 3, Dead Island, FIFA 12, Batman: Arkham City, Resistance 3, F1 2011, Forza 4, Dark Souls, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon,  or X-Men Destiny are traded in.

As reported by the Train2Game blog, developer Sledgehammer say Modern Warfare 3’s game design makes it the “most accessible Call of Duty yet”

Train2Game blog readers can get an in-depth insight into the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here.

But what’s perhaps most interesting to Train2Game students is the fact that community created multiplayer modes, could find their way into the full Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 game.

So Train2Game, will you be purchasing Modern Warfare 3 tomorrow? Perhaps you’re attending a midnight launch? Is it still the biggest game of the year?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Sources: MCV & CVG

Train2Game news: Modern Warfare 3’s engine “is a Porsche”

Train2Game students will obviously be aware that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is likely to be the biggest selling game of the year.

The title, being worked on by three different studios, is likely to receive a heavy marketing push and be snapped up by millions of gamers.

However, some have commented that the Call of Duty engine hasn’t aged well. Speaking in an interview with CVG, Sledgehammer Games Glen Schofield responded to this criticism.

“Well I’ll tell you one thing, I’ve worked on a lot of engines over my lifetime and spent a lot of time putting graphics in to them and this thing is a Porsche,”

“And what I mean by that is that it is stream-lined, everything in it is perfectly freaking clean. You can tell it’s been worked on for years. It’s easy to upgrade.” said the Managaing Director of one of the three studios working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

And Schofield argues that Modern Warfare 3 is a lot more detailed and a lot better looking that its predecessors.

“Modern Warfare 3’s levels now are so much bigger than the old ones because they go more vertically, they have a bigger footprint and on top of that, higher fidelity, more textures and a lot more detail” he said

“If you put Modern Warfare 2 next to Modern Warfare 3 you would see a huge difference. Look at all the character models, look at all the gun models, look at the reflections, look at the water.”

“There is so much that we’ve added, so when someone says ‘cut and paste’, I don’t even want to talk to them because they don’t know. They just don’t know. They have no idea.” added the Sledgehammer man.

Last week, the Train2Game reported that Schofield said tweaks to Modern Warfare 3’s game design mean it’s the “most accessible” Call of Duty yet.

Train2Game students can get a behind the scenes insight into development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here on the Train2Game blog.

What are your thoughts on the Call of Duty engine? Do you believe Modern Warfare 3 looks dated? And should the developer be responding to its critics?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: CVG]

Train2Game news: Modern Warfare 3 design tweaks – ‘most accessible’ Call of Duty

Call of Duty has a strong following amongst Train2Game students, many of whom will be keen to hear how Sledgehammer – one of three studios behind Modern Warfare 3 – believe their game design tweaks make the latest offering most accessible title in the series yet.

“One of the things we did consciously was to use the levels in multiplayer and put them in Survival mode,” Sledgehammer Games general manager Glen Schofield told CVG.

“That was to try and create this bridge so that people who do play single player, who are maybe a little intimidated by multiplayer, will sit down with a buddy and play co-op and go ‘wow, that’s cool. I’m really getting to know this level. I get the upgrade system now, I get it all.’ And then they could jump into multiplayer.”

Schofield was asked if this meant Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was easier to get stuck into than previous games in the series.

“Absolutely. Then if you think about adding Call of Duty Elite to it, if you want to jump into multiplayer after you learn Spec-Ops and just use your friends list to play, then you’re given a higher level of comfort.” he replied.

“It’s one of the things we’ve been hearing: ‘I don’t want to jump into a game with a bunch of teenagers and get trash talked all the time. I want to actually have fun and get in there.’ And a lot of people like that type of gameplay, but we’re trying to make it so you can customise it for yourself.” the Sledgehammer general manager concluded.

Customisation appears to be a key theme of Modern Warfare 3, with the Train2Game blog previously reporting that game modes produced by Call of Duty Elite subscribers could be made available to all players.

Train2Game students can get a behind the scenes insight into development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here on the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Sledgehammer’s tweaks to multiplayer game design? Will it help make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare more accessible? Do you welcome it?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: CVG]

First Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer revealed! What do you think Train2Game?

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Yesterday, the Train2Game blog reported that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 engine would ‘move beyond’ that of its predecessors.

Well, you can now get a glimpse of the very first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gameplay trailer and see if the engine shows any sign of being tweaked yourselves!

You can also see if Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 contains the supposed influences from Battlefield 3 – as previously mentioned on the Train2Game blog.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer not only reveals London, France and Germany as locations, but also confirms the involvement of Sledgehammer as one of the studios involved with game development.

Earlier this year, the Train2Game blog reported that Sledgehammer may be one of three studios aiding in the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Watch the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer below, here on the Train2Game blog.

What are your thoughts on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer? Can you see any immediate evidence of a tweaked in-game engine? Do you have high hopes for the Game Design in the new locations?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Next Call of Duty will ‘move beyond the Modern Warfare 2 engine’

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s game engine will feature plenty of improvements over the previous game in the series.

That’s according to a Tweet from Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowling. When asked if Modern Warfare 3 would feature a brand new game engine, he replied:

“We haven’t gone into detail on the engine yet but we’ve moved beyond the MW2 engine and added a lot of cool stuff for #MW3.”

As the Train2Game blog reported earlier this month, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 appears to be influenced by Battlefield’s Game Design which features destructible environments.

Meanwhile, EA has claimed that Battlefield 3 will be superior to the next Call of Duty game in every single way.

And with the two titles reportedly both being released in November, it looks like we’ll have a bit of a fight on our hands.

Given that the ‘cool stuff’ news came from Twitter, it’s worth pointing out that it’s worth following the Train2Game Twitter page for all the latest Train2Game news updates.

So Train2Game, do you think Modern Warfare 3 needs a new engine? Could Infinity Ward use the same one they used to produce Modern Warfare 2? Or does it need updating?

Leave your thoughts here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: CVG