After shattering pre-order records, including those set by its predecessors, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is now on store shelves. Co-developed by Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, Modern Warfare 3 is a continuation of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops being something of a side story, which sees the world edging towards World War III. While the single-player campaign continues the series’ thematic tradition of all-out war with a new Survival Mode, multiplayer is being beefed up with a revamped pointstreak system, new Strike Packages, new weapons, new equipment, and new modes, including Kill Confirmed.
The series’ universal supplementary online service from Beachhead Studio, Call of Duty Elite, has also officially launched. Described as a “comprehensive social gaming network,” the always-on service tracks stats, keeps players connected, and allows for match planning and loadout customization on the go. The $49.99 annual membership also includes access to the monthly DLC set to be released with a nine-month season pass, a Program Guide to check out competitions for digital and real prizes, and access to Call of Duty Elite TV, which includes Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Friday Night Fights. Elite is also compatible with Black Ops.