How To Play Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Campaign Early


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III‘s official release date is November 10. However, Activision is bringing back its “campaign early access” promotion where players can jump into the story mode a week early if they plunk down money for the game before launch. Here’s what you need to know about playing the MW3 campaign a week early.

How to play MW3’s campaign a week early

To get access to MW3’s campaign a week early, players need to preorder a digital copy of the game on any platform. This benefit does not apply to physical copies of the game preordered through a retailer like GameStop or Best Buy, according to CharlieIntel.

2022’s Modern Warfare II was the first entry in the series to allow people to play the campaign a week early by preordering. The benefit comes back this year, and we’d expect future games in the series to continue this trend (though anything can happen in the future, especially considering that Call of Duty is now owned by Microsoft).

When does MW3 campaign early access begin?

Activision said in a tweet that the campaign early access begins on November 2. This is when players on any platform can play the campaign. And not just a few missions: The entire campaign is available starting on November 2.

The exact time that the campaign early access begins on November 2, however, is unknown at this point. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more.

Call of Duty campaigns are normally in the area of 4-6 hours long, so anyone hoping to finish the campaign before getting started with multiplayer may have enough time to do that before the game’s official November 10 release date.

What’s the campaign all about?

MW3 is a direct sequel to 2022’s Modern Warfare II. The story follows Task Force 141 getting back together to fight enemies on a global scale. Something new for MW3 are what’s called “Open Combat Missions,” which Activision says are more open-ended and non-linear than traditional Call of Duty missions that give players more choice for how to tackle an objective.

Other preorder perks

The standard version of MW3 ($70) includes one other bonus for preordering, which is the Zombie Ghost Operator skin. The more expensive Vault edition ($100), meanwhile, includes the Zombie Ghost Operator skin as well as the Soul Harvester Tracer weapon blueprint, the Nemesis Operator pack, two weapon vaults, and BlackCell Season 1 with 30 additional tier skips. See GameSpot’s Modern Warfare 3 preorder guide to learn more.