Rumors of Modern Warfare 3 have been percolating for weeks, and today, they apparently finally boiled over. A report on Kotaku pegs the game as being released on Tuesday, November 8, for undisclosed platforms, though the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 are likely suspects.
According to the gaming blog, the game will begin shortly after Modern Warfare 2 ended, following a surprise attack on the United States by a reinvigorated Russia. The new game will apparently start with the outbreak of World War III, with set-piece battles in such cities as New York, Paris, London, and Dubai.
According to the report, the game's single-player campaign will be divided among several characters, including a British SAS Operative, AC-130 gunship gunner, a tank driver, and a member of the Russian Federal Security Service, known by its acronym of the FSB. It will apparently feature two new members of the US Army's supersecret Delta Force, called "Frost" and "Sandman." Kotaku believes these characters are being prepped as protagonists for future installments in the series.
In terms of multiplayer, the game will apparently have a variety of maps in addition to two Spec Ops modes: Survival and Mission.
Activision directed queries for comment to the Twitter feed of Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling. "A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on #MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal," he said.
According to unconfirmed reports, the game is being codeveloped by Sledgehammer Games, Raven Software, and the "reconstructed" Infinity Ward. Activision's newly constructed studio Beachhead is also working on an online platform for the game, the details of which have yet to be revealed.