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Instead, the game’s trophy list seemingly appears as a sub-section underneath Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as if it was a large DLC expansion rather than a standalone game.
As a result of this, the game also doesn’t currently have a Platinum trophy, which is somewhat unusual for a full-price release.
If it does remain this way, it may explain reports back in February that this year’s Call of Duty game was going to be a continuation of last year’s Modern Warfare 2, rather than an entirely separate release.
A Bloomberg report cited people familiar with the project who claimed that Activision‘s original plan was to release a major expansion for Modern Warfare 2, but that the DLC had morphed into a full game.
It claimed that Activision’s goal for the game was to create something that feels “like a standalone, full-price release and also an extension of Modern Warfare II”.
In August, Activision explained that players will be able to carry over most of their collected Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 content to Modern Warfare 3, giving further credibility to the previous reports that it was originally supposed to be a Modern Warfare 2 expansion.
Despite these suggestions, Activision confirmed a few days later that Modern Warfare 3 will cost $70, insisting to Charlie Intel that the game is a “premium release”, not an expansion, and “will be priced accordingly”.
On Wednesday, Activision announced plans to bring back a selection of multiplayer maps from last year’s Modern Warfare 2 into this year’s sequel.