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Modern Warfare update reveals classic MW3 & CoD 4 maps for Season 3

Published: 1/Apr/2020 16:28

by Calum Patterson


A new playlist update in Modern Warfare has all but confirmed two classic maps from Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty 4 are on the way: Village and Backlot.

It’s likely that new maps will be added to the 2019 edition of Modern Warfare at the start of Season 3, scheduled for April 7, and it looks like more throwbacks are on the way.

So far, we’ve had maps like Rust and Shipment added to the latest CoD game, but there are a plethora of fan-favorite throwbacks for Infinity Ward to choose from.

Alongside announcing the remastered version of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign, Activision revealed that they had chosen not to remaster the multiplayer portion to avoid splitting the player base.

Instead, they will be adding classic maps and elements into 2019’s Modern Warfare, and it appears Village and Backlot are up next.

Posted by CoD YouTuber WhosImmortal, and first reported by CharlieIntel, the new playlist update is showing loading images for both Backlot and Village (see bottom left of images).

Modern Warfare lobby screen
The lobby shows both Backlot and Village, but the maps are not playable yet.

It must be noted that these maps are not playable yet, as Immortal explains, and if they show up, the match will not start and the map will simply be switched out.

We already knew these maps were coming to Modern Warfare at some point, as a leaker on Reddit posted images of their new versions from the game files. Here’s what the 2019 versions of Backlot and Village will look like:


Reddit: Senescallo
A new version of Backlot leaked from the Modern Warfare game files.


Reddit: Senescallo
Village was one of the more popular maps in MW3.

It is also of note that neither of these maps are from Modern Warfare 2, so we’re still holding out to see what maps from that game are added later, as Activision teased in their blog post.

We expect to see one of these maps, or perhaps both, made available with the Season Three update on April 7. In Season Two, non-classic maps were added throughout as well, such as Khandor Hideout which was added in the last update.


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Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton


Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

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Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.