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Sledgehammer Showcases MW III Movement And The Fans Couldn’t Be Happier

Modern Warfare 3 looks and feels a lot like the 2009 Modern Warfare 2
by Tit Krajnik on September 14, 2023   

The anticipation of the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III is at an all-time high, thanks to Sledgehammer’s recent unfoldment of the new features and changes coming to the upcoming CoD release. And while we only have short clips of the new game, the showcased movement of MW III has caught the attention of CoD fans.


Sledgehammer has to deliver with CoD: MW3 following the poor reception of MW2, and while it’s fair to feel skeptical about how good MW3 will be, it seems to have the potential to be one of the best FPS games in recent history. That primarily has to do with its similarities to the original MW2, which includes the iconic maps and the movement.

On Wednesday, Sledgehammer revealed a look into MW3 maps, which will include remastered versions of 16 arenas from the 2009 title. The iconic Rust, Highrise, and Terminal will return alongside other fan-favorite maps in Derail, Invasion, Favela, Invasion, Quarry, Skidrow, Afgan, Estate, Karachi, and Underpass.

The return of the MW2 maps confirms that Sledgehammer’s new project is indeed all about bringing the fans what they want, and besides the return of old maps, MW3 also promises to have movement very similar to that of the 2009 FPS smash hit.

The short clips of in-game movement bring back the nostalgic feel of the original MW2, with Sledgehammer promising that it feels even better than it looks. The latest Intel Drop also confirmed that in MW3, players will be able to mantle and climb previously unreachable areas of the maps.

“Because of technological advancements in Call of Duty’s animation and movement techniques over the past 14 years, Operators can Tactical Sprint and leap between rooftops, mantle, and navigate alleyways with Tac-Stance, giving players more confidence during these frenetic, close-quarters engagements.”

Modern Warfare 2 changed how players could mantle onto ledges and introduced quick-draw attachments for sidearms; however, while this significantly impacted the pace of the game, it has remained a point of contention. This will be addressed with Sledgegammer’s iteration of movement, which will introduce the features that made older games so much more enjoyable.

“We asked, ‘What was good about the movement of older games? What was good about the gunplay of older games?’ And the same with the newer games,” said Zach Hodson, design director.

Reload cancels are also set to return in MW3. Previous games had a phased reload animation where reloads would continue their last animation if interrupted. On the other hand, in the older games, it would cancel the whole animation, which made it easier to fire quicker if needed.

The recent announcements about MW3 have mostly been positive, and while we don’t know exactly how the movement will look in the game and whether it’ll be as good as promised, we won’t have to wait long before testing it ourselves. 

MW3 beta is set to run from Friday, October 6, 2023, to Tuesday, October 10, 2023, for PS5 and PS4 players. The second beta weekend will run from Thursday, October 12  to Monday, October 16, for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, and PS4 & PS5.


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