A “trusted source” released massive amounts of images and details on the plot and setting of the annual Call of Duty game into the wild today.

Like Christmas and the World Series, there’s a Call of Duty every year now. Many of us were set to learn the details of this latest installment at E3 next month, but someone in the know jumped the gun and released a veritable mother lode of details on what we now know is Modern Warfare 3. Kotaku received a massive “leak” from a “trusted source” on the plot, characters and set pieces for MW3. Set to be available on November 8, 2011, the campaign picks up right where MW2 left off with an imminent Russian invasion of New York City. From there, the action globetrots to over a dozen locations like Berlin, Prague, Paris and Dubai as the player takes the roles of a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, an SAS Operative, a tank gunner, an AC-130 gunner, as well as prominent characters in the ongoing narrative.

MW3 is being developed by a team of studios under Activision’s umbrella: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software. The last MW was the best-selling videogame of its time, but the chief executives at developer Infinity Ward felt that they were short-changed by Activision and quit under much duress. MW3 is the first major game made by Infinity Ward without the guidance of Vince Zampella and Jason West, and we will have to see if it lives up to the standards of the series.

If you want to read exactly what you’ll be playing if you buy the game in November, be sure to head to their spoilertastic post here. I find it hard to believe that such a massive dump of plot information and screenshots were released without the knowledge of publisher Activision, but I’ll indulge Mr. Crecente’s pretense.

The game will reportedly ship with 20 multiplayer maps, with several mods available including “Spec Ops” and “Survival,” the latter of which has you and your buddies defending against waves and waves of enemies. Expect to hear more at this E3 next month on the multiplayer, ’cause that’s what most people will be playing anyway.

Source: Kotaku

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