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Modern Warfare 3 ranked play coming with new game modes, map, and more

Activision reveals Call of Duty MW3 Season 1 Reloaded is almost here, bringing new events, game modes, a map, and multiplayer ranked play.

Modern Warfare 3 ranked play: A man wearing military armor gear holds an automatic rifle up, sunglasses covering his eyes as his background blurs in motion

Modern Warfare 3 is relatively young still, but its short history is thus far markedly rocky. Long-time CoD fans were disappointed to see such a short campaign while newcomers reported encountering game-breaking bugs and poor performance. Since then, Activision and Sledgehammer Games have been working to overcome issues. With Season 1 Reloaded and ranked play on the way, we may see some more positive feedback roll in as expansive new features come to MW3.

Despite its mixed reception, Modern Warfare 3 remains a highly-played FPS game on Steam. With the developer’s frequent updates and content reveals, it’s not all that surprising. The most recent announcement is an especially exciting one, as the team says that Season 1 Reloaded is just around the corner along with a new core multiplayer map, three highly anticipated game modes, multiplayer ranked, and some fresh MW3 Zombies content.

MW3 ranked: A man wearing white and black military gear shoots at someone with an automatic rifle, fire behind himOn Tuesday, January 17, multiplayer ranked play will be available to all players at or above level 55. Win matches to earn stars and build your ranked career up, which carries over through new seasons. You can also snag a special flaming rank if you hit a streak of three or more of the 4v4 matches won in a row. You’ll be able to play the same maps, modes, and settings that the Call of Duty League uses.

The CDL maps and modes include Control and Hardpoint, as well as Search and Destroy. Ranked isn’t the only exciting Season 1 Reloaded addition, though. A new 6v6 multiplayer map is also coming, an upscale shopping center in the ever-vibrant Rio. There are three new multiplayer modes coming to MW3, too. Headquarters, Gunfight, and Infected.

MW3 Rio: Two men wearing military gear wield assault rifles as they walk through Rio, a city marked by a Brazilian flag

You can get a glimpse of the Season 1 Reloaded content in full on the official announcement, where you’ll find more details on other coming features such as new weapons and a cosmetic collaboration with The Boys. Zombies fans, a new warlord is also coming, the South Korean-born Dokkaebi. If you go up against her and her drones and come out still standing, you could earn some high-tier loot.

This update is certainly packing. If you caught the dev’s Twitter reveal for Season 1 Reloaded, you may have seen similar sentiment shared as fans look forward to the new modes and ranked play. Amid the sea of excitement though, many worried players are wondering whether the team will address the game’s present issues. “How about you fix the part before adding more stuff to break that even more,” asks one poster.

MW3 Dokkaebi: A person with tied-up black hair wears military gear, a rifle held to their side while flames erupt in the background

Others ask about weapon balancing. The dev has yet to reply to feedback under its thread regarding the upcoming mid-season update. Until we do see some sort of response though, it’s important to remember that these aren’t the official Season 1 Reloaded patch notes. We may see Activision and Sledgehammer Games make more changes come Tuesday, including those players have requested in comments online.

While you wait for Season 1 Reloaded to drop and the multiplayer chaos to ensue, be sure to first read through our handy guide on the best MW3 guns to give yourself a better idea of the in-game arsenal and its array of weapons to choose from. Alternatively, take a look at our roundup of the strongest MW3 loadouts to equip yourself properly for the current meta.

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