While Modern Warfare 3 has yielded quite the collection of downloadable maps and modes over its life span thus far, there is a considerable amount of fan enthusiasm forming around the idea of bringing classic maps into the fold. We’ve seen several rumors thus far that suggested Modern Warfare 2‘s ‘Terminal’ would be making an appearance in one of MW3‘s nine content drops, and it looks like this month’s content drop is when that will finally happen.
According to the folks over at CallofDutyMapPacks.com (because, who else would be bringing us this type of news) a map selection list in a private match menu may have spilled the beans. Not only did the screen hint that Terminal will be coming to Modern Warfare 3 through Call of Duty Elite, it also listed a map called Shipbreaker, which some are speculating to be a riff on Rust, another Modern Warfare 2 map.
As opposed to Terminal, though, Shipbreaker is believed to be another addition to the Face Off mode’s map selection. A mode so brilliant it’s surprising Infinity Ward hadn’t thought of it sooner, Face Off allows single players, or teams of two, to battle it out in closer quarters. Thus far, there have been four maps released that support the mode (and are not playable on anything but Face Off modes), but the hope was that IW would be planning a couple more.
My experience with the mode yielded a fresher take on Modern Warfare 3‘s considerably dated multiplayer experience, and allowed for a new strategic approach to skirmishes when nearly every death counts.
There has been no confirmation from Activision concerning the next rollout of maps – a surprising fact considering the amount of press releases that flooded our inboxes during the early months of Modern Warfare 3‘s release – but players should expect more details, affirmation or otherwise, in the next couple days. If Infinity Ward is going to leave an impression with gamers before the release of Black Ops 2, announcing some classic maps from Call of Duty‘s past would be the perfect way to do it.
Aside from Terminal, which Call of Duty maps would you like to see reappear in the final content drops for Modern Warfare 3? What’s the appropriate balance of fan-service classic maps and new content for a multiplayer shooter like COD?