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Modern Warfare 3 details leaked, teaser trailer released

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Activision

It appears Activision has sprung a leak. A big one.

According to an impressively detailed report from game blog Kotaku, the next installment in Activision's blockbuster Call of Duty series, the heavily-anticipated Modern Warfare 3, will launch on November 8th of this year.

Citing numerous sources, the site revealed a wealth of info about the upcoming shooter. Reportedly set right after the events in the massive-selling Modern Warfare 2, the game will criss-cross the globe, letting players blast their way through a dozen cities including New York, London and Paris.

Kotaku further reports that gamers will once again play as multiple characters in the main campaign, tackling 15 missions as "a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, SAS Operative, tank gunner, and AC-130 gunner as well as key characters from previous installments and new recurring characters." They also touch on two types of 'Spec Ops' multiplayer modes -- 'Survival' and 'Mission' -- and mention that the list of multiplayer maps includes curious locations like Brooklyn and Mogadishu.

Though Activision has yet to formally reveal any concrete info on Modern Warfare 3, the company has confirmed that a new Call of Duty game is slated for release this year. And if history serves, the November 8th date sounds just about right -- Modern Warfare 2 launched on November 10, while last year's smash Black Ops arrived on November 9th.

UPDATE: Looks like Kotaku's leak is legit -- or at least legit enough
to prompt Activision to release this teaser trailer, which includes a
brief,
stylized look at the New York skyline while mentioning both Manhattan
and Brooklyn:

It's in for quite a fight this year, however. EA's Battlefield 3, which the company has designed specifically to "take down Call of Duty," is currently planned for a fall release, which could very well put the two titles in direct competition.

So is the leak trustworthy? According to Robert Bowling, creative strategist at chief Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward, some of Kotaku's info might be a bit out of date, but that doesn't make it incorrect.

"A lot of hype and a lot of leaked info...some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal," he tweeted.

The leak comes just weeks before the game industry's annual E3 convention, where an official unveiling of Modern Warfare 3 is a near certainty.

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