The 2023 release of Modern Warfare 3 has come as a surprising twist in the tale of Call of Duty and lots of talk around the Modern Warfare 3 Maps is kicking off.
The Modern Warfare series is being headed up by Sledgehammer Games and as a result, we can expect to see some very contrasting maps and styles to Infinity Ward’s interpretation.
Maps are a crucial part of the Call of Duty multiplayer and something that can make or break a player’s experience.
So what do we know about the maps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023)?
Modern Warfare 3 Maps List
According to @BobNetworkUK, the game will feature Classic maps from Call of Duty past.
This isn’t unheard of from Call of Duty, as they regularly remaster older maps for their more current games.
This was particularly present in the 2019 Modern Warfare, which ended up being massively compiled of older maps with a new interpretation.
Whether there will be any unique maps or not is unknown, but the general consensus is that the new game will simply feature Remastered maps, which seems to have been confirmed by known leaker @TheGhostOfHope (particularly from the 2009 Modern Warfare 2).
This has been reiterated @el_bobberto on Twitter, who’s claimed every MWIII launch map will be a remastered 2009 MW2 map.
It’s been confirmed that all 16 original MW2 maps will feature in the Call of Duty.
All 16 MW2 2009 maps are confirmed for MW3. If you text each map’s name, it’ll send confirmation back. pic.twitter.com/vhgb8wPMJ8— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) August 16, 2023
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Modern Warfare 3 Maps Design
As said before, it seems that the game was originally intended as a premium DLC drop but has since been turned into a full game.
So it wouldn’t be a surprise to see few or no new unique maps.
Evidently, Activision is playing it safe by giving fans maps they are familiar with and are rated highly in Call of Duty multiplayer history.
If any unique maps are made, they’ll want to stick to some of the more classic map designs, with a three-lane system.
With the War game mode returning, Sledgehammer Games will have to think carefully about which maps they include or use different maps for the mode altogether.
It would be a shock not to see some DLC maps return at a later date, this may be where we start to see some more unique maps offered in the game.
A lot of the unique maps tend to be inspired by locations in the Campaign.
Ultimately, Call of Duty has a wealth of past maps they can draw on to reuse for this game so expect to see more Modern Warfare 2 (2009) maps, as that seems to be the bulk of their inspiration for this new game. But you may also see a few MW3 (2011) maps too.
There’s no guarantee whether Modern Warfare 3 will have a ranked mode or not, given that the last few Call of Duty games have done it, it’s likely.
But, much like past games, it won’t arrive until halfway through its lifespan.
Given that both Terminal and Scrapyard were competitive maps in the past, they would fit right in on any Ranked mode.