Activision has officially blown open the lid on Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer component.
Following the launch of the debut multiplayer gameplay trailer earlier today, the publisher has sent over a tonne of details for the game's online modes.
The headline feature is a new killstreak system designed to encourage a variety of different play styles by rewarding not only kills but other team-based objectives.
There's also a new weapon progression system that allows you to acquire specific weapon unlocks (attachments, reticules and camos) and weapon proficiencies, which allow you to specialise weapons with attributes like reduced recoil and reduced flinch when hit.
Elsewhere, fan favourite game modes are joined by new ones such as flag protection game Team Defender and Kill Confirmed, which sees you collecting dog tags from downed enemies. Black Ops' Gun Game and One in the Chamber will feature in the Modern Warfare series for the first time as part of a new range of private match types which also includes Infection and Juggernaut (full details below).
The game will offer 16 multiplayer maps and dedicated servers from day one. Here's the full list of features straight from the horse's mouth:
ALL-NEW STRIKE PACKAGES: Killstreaks have been redesigned to reward different play styles and skill levels through unique Strike Packages. Completing game mode objectives now counts towards your Pointstreak progression. For the first time ever, kills are not the only way to earn Pointstreaks. This also allows Pointstreaks to cater to more unique play-styles:
Assault Strike Package - Pointstreaks within this package chain and are designed for more direct damage (Predator, helicopter, etc), just like in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Your streak resets on death.
Support Strike Package - Pointstreaks within this package do not chain. However, streaks do not reset on death. Streaks are more support oriented (UAV, Counter UAV, SAM turret, etc)
Specialist Strike Package - Pointstreaks designed for the expert players. Rewards come in the form of additional perks. A player activates additional Perks as they progress in a Pointsreak. These perks last until death.
Strike Packages include (not limited to):
Streak count resets on death
5 kills: I.M.S.
9 kills: Strafe Run
9 kills: AH-6 Overwatch
10 kills: Assault Drone
15 kills: Juggernaut
Streak count does not reset on death
5 kills: Ballistic Vest
5 kills: Airdrop Trap
10 kills: Recon Drone
14 kills: Stealth Bomber
18 kills: Juggernaut Recon
Unlock one additional Perk at 2, 4, and 6 kill intervals for up to 3 additional Perks beyond the 3 Perks each player already has assigned to their custom load out at the beginning of a match
Death Streaks make their return in Modern Warfare 3 and include (but not limited to):
4 - Juiced (run faster)
5 - Revenge (last person to kill you is visible on radar)
5 - Hollow Points (increased bullet damage for 1 kill)
6 - Dead Man's Hand (player falls into last stand with C4)
NEW WEAPON PROGRESSIVE RANKING SYSTEM: MW3 evolves your gun progression
Modern Warfare 3 features more than 40 of the most high-speed weapons that are either in-use or being field-tested by special forces:
Primary: Assault: SMG, LMG, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns and Riot Shield
Secondary: Machine Pistols, Handguns and Launchers
New weapon progression is designed to improve specific weapon leveling unlocks (attachments, reticules, and camos) and Weapon Proficiencies
Weapon Proficiency allows players to specialize their weapons with new attributes (some unique to weapon classes)
Proficiencies (not a comprehensive list):
Kick - Reduced recoil when firing
Attachments - Two attachments on Primary weapon
Focus - Reduced flinch when hit
Stability - Reduced sway when ADS
Attachments (not a comprehensive list):
Red Dot Sight
Dual Scope (Close Range/Long Range Optics)
Recon - Explosive damage paints the target on the mini map
Blind Eye - Undetectable by air support/sentries
Assassin - Undetectable by UAV, portable radar, thermal, heartbeat
Quickdraw - Faster aiming
Stalker - Move faster while aiming
Marksman - Identify targets at longer range
NEW GAME MODES
Fan favorite game modes make their return (Free-for-All, Team Death, Match, Domination, etc.), and a series of new modes make their introduction to the Modern Warfare series:
Kill Confirmed - Collect dog tags from killed players. Prevent the other team from collecting yours
Team Defender - Grab the flag and protect the flag carrier to increase your team's score
NEW GAME MODES FOR PRIVATE MATCH
Infection - The infected kills enemies to recruit them for the infected team.
Drop Zone - Hold the Drop Zone for Team Points and Care Packages.
Team Juggernaut - With the support of a juggernaut, kill players on the opposing team. The first team to reach the score limit wins.
Juggernaut - Kill the Juggernaut to become the new Juggernaut
Gun Game - Be the first to dominate with every gun
One in the Chamber - Gain ammo by eliminating enemies. Be the last to survive.
CUSTOMIZABLE GAME MODES FOR PRIVATE MATCH
Private matches have been significantly enhanced to allow players to create new, customizable game modes in addition to the new modes for private matches (listed above) and share newly created games modes with friends.
Through ELITE, subscribers can vote on favourite new modes and those modes could make their way into public playlists.
MULTIPLAYER MAPS: 16 Maps - including the maps shown at Call of Duty XP:
Modern Warfare 3 will support dedicated servers on Day 1. Players will be able to: browse, filter, favorite, and join Call of Duty: MW3 dedicated servers of their choice
Players will be able to setup their own server and administer their MW3 dedicated servers with direct control over features such as game rules, setup and ban lists.
SPECIAL OPS (CO-OPERATIVE GAMEPLAY):
Having made its introduction in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Special Ops makes its return in Modern Warfare 3 with a bevy of additions that innovate as a stand-alone mode, but also serves as an effective springboard into multiplayer action.
Survival Mode: - Making its first appearance in MW3, Survival Mode is the New Special Ops mode in which players face wave upon wave of attacking enemies. Acquaint yourself with all 16 MP maps by playing through them on Survival Mode - a great way for players to prepare for online multiplayer.
Mission Mode: Mission Mode makes its return, allowing players to team up with a friend locally or online for 16 new time-trial and objective-based missions.
Ranking/Progression System: An independent rank progression system within the Special Ops based on the rank progression players encounter in multiplayer.