Speaking of play styles; players will also be able to level their weapons in the same manner that they level their character. This option, called "weapon proficiency," will eventually allow the player to customize the way the gun acts, based on its level. So, if the player would like to create a gun with less recoil, or hold their breath with an assault rifle (instead of a sniper rifle), leveling a gun's proficiency will allow them to do so.
Also, as part of Infinity Ward's commitment to gunplay, Bowling and Condrey announced a couple more deletions that might come as a surprise.
These two decisions are guaranteed to be unpopular with the cheap players out here (you know who you are), but their votes shouldn't count anyway.
Probably the largest overhaul was done to the killstreak reward system. "The previous killstreak system was based solely on KDR (kill/death ratio)," Mark Rubin explained. "It met one play style. It met one type of player." But Infinity Ward has done away with the old system, in a manner of speaking, and replaced it with a points-based system that rewards players equally for completing game-based objectives rather than simply racking up several kills in a row. Here are a few of the changes:
Lastly, Activision is rolling out a few new game modes with MW3, but they're not being entirely forthcoming on this topic. The only mode that they have officially announced is called "Kill Confirm," and it requires that players collect the dog tags from any recently-killed players in order to get the points. It sounds like an always-moving game mode inspired by the Headhunters mod from Quake 3.
Also, Mark Rubin accidentally hinted at another new mode on Friday night, but was hesitant to give many details. This mode is called "Team Defender" and revolves around all the players on both teams chasing a single flag on the map.
It's obvious that Activision has pulled out all of the stops for MW3, but we won't really understand the full depth of these changes (and any others) until the game is released in November.
But Modern Warfare 3 may have some stiff competition with Battlefield 3 hitting the market at the same time. Recently Frank Gibeau, EA's CEO, has been showing some aggression toward MW3:
"We don't take things lightly," he said. "If we're going to go after a category, we intend to lead. We have a very big competitor there, but they're going to get some competition this Christmas for the first time in a long time."
Hopefully this is just the type of motivation that Activision needs to deliver the Modern Warfare game that fans are hoping for.
By Josh Engen
CCC Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*