Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sets new engagement records

Activision / Sledgehammer Games
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For all of the complaining about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, it seems people sure do like to play it. Activision announced recently that Modern Warfare 3 is setting engagement records.

According to Activision, Modern Warfare 3 is experiencing “more hours per player overall than both 2019’s Modern Warfare and last year’s Modern Warfare 2. Additionally, Modern Warfare Zombies is “the most engagement third mode in Modern Warfare history.”

And while many have complained that the campaign is lackluster, players are “putting in more time per player in MWIII than the previous two installments.”

While we’re used to seeing record-breaking stats from new Call of Duty games, it usually involves sales numbers. The fact that Activision chose to highlight player engagement and not sales could be indicative that the latest entry in the franchise hasn’t sold as well as its predecessors.

Interestingly, the stats only compare player engagement to the current Modern Warfare series. Again, why not the entire history of Call of Duty?

There’s no doubt reception to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been mixed. Many believe it feels more like an expansion than a full-fledged standalone release. The game has been criticized for a shorter campaign and a multiplayer that features primarily remade maps.

Despite its shortcomings, I’m actually enjoying Modern Warfare 3. The return of these fan-favorite maps, for me, has been a nostalgic adventure. And, funny enough, this is the best I’ve been at a Call of Duty game in a long time.

In the meantime, Activision is preparing for the launch of Season 1, which is scheduled to arrive on December 6. Season 1 will introduce new three new maps — Meat, Greece and Rio — along with the fan-favorite Gunfight mode, a continuation of Zombies and the new Urzikstan map in Warzone. The new season will also feature MP ranked and a “special snowy event.”