News: Steam Gets in Bed with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 2 Soap

Modern Warfare 2's Protagonist, Soap MacTavish

To all of the excited gun-toting fanboys on this site, waiting like rabid dogs on the ends of their chains for news about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a little bone has been thrown their way as Valve announced yesterday that the most anticipated game of the year will be using the Steamworks suite of services. Pre-purchase reservations are now available via Steam, a leading platform for buying and downloading PC and Mac games with over 30 million accounts around the world, and many good games mixed in with the less great ones they sometimes release.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is slated for worldwide release on November 8 at retailers across the globe and via Steam. The lucky fans who pre-purchase the game will be able to start playing immediately upon its release on Steam. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is being developed by Sledgehammer Games and, despite their protracted legal battle, Infinity Ward. The PC version of the product will be powered with Steamworks for both the digital and store bought versions of the game and, as with all Steamworks titles, offline play will also be supported along with automatically updated features, the ever important achievements, and more. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will also support dedicated servers on day 1.

The game will see the return of many characters from the past two installments, including Task Force 141 Captain John “Soap” MacTavish, former SAS Captain John Price and Russian informant Nikolai, who are on the run after killing the rogue U.S. Army Lieutenant General Shepherd. Russian Ultranationalist Vladimir Makarov will also be making a return as the game’s primary antagonist. Several new playable characters have been added, as well as many new non-playable characters to guide the characters through each level, driving them around or flying them into dangerous areas. The game will immediately follow the events of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, where the Russian Federation continues the quest for dominance in the United States of America, and has also expanded its offensive to Europe, including England, France and Germany. Campaign stages are also planned for Somalia, Sierra Leone, Moscow and Dubai.

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