Modern Warfare 3 campaign: Storyline, characters, missions, more

Liam Mackay
Captain Price in Modern Warfare 3 campaign

Modern Warfare 3 brings a fresh campaign for players to experience following MW2 2022’s story. Here’s everything we know about the MW3 campaign storyline, characters, missions, and more.

Modern Warfare 3 is set to make its official debut on November 10, offering a renowned multiplayer experience, along with the introduction of Zombies in the MW saga for the first time. Additionally, players can gain early access to the full campaign, which began on November 2, 2023.

Despite only expecting an MW2 continuation, the team at Sledgehammer Games joined by Infinity Ward have gone all out in assembling the full Call of Duty campaign experience to create the next chapter for the iconic Task Force 141.

Here’s everything we know about MW3’s campaign including the plot, characters, locations, and missions.

Modern Warfare 3 campaign plot

Vladimir Makarov Modern Warfare 3
Makarov returns as Modern Warfare 3’s villain.

Modern Warfare 3’s campaign is a direct sequel to 2022’s Modern Warfare 2, following the rebooted story’s new timeline. The game marks the return of the classic Call of Duty villain Makarov to sow chaos on a global scale.

Infinity Ward’s Narrative Director, Brian Bloom, explained that while Makarov isn’t the same character we saw in the original Modern Warfare trilogy, this version has a history with Price and Task Force 141 that can be explored during the campaign.

Makarov and his private army will carry out false flag attacks around the world, pinning the blame on Farah’s Urzikstan Liberation Front and TF141. The campaign places you in the shoes of both members of Makarov’s Konni Force and Task Force 141, committing atrocities and grappling with the repercussions while trying to prevent more.

Modern Warfare 3 campaign characters

It wouldn’t be an MW campaign if the beloved members of Task Force 141 weren’t part of it, along with other iconic characters in the saga, and luckily, Modern Warfare 3’s campaign doesn’t disappoint.

Here’s every Modern Warfare 3 campaign character:

  • Captain John Price
  • Vladimir Makarov
  • Farah Karim
  • Colonel Shephard
  • Kyle ‘Gaz’ Garrick
  • John ‘Soap’ MacTavish
  • Simon ‘Ghost’ Riley
  • Kate Laswell
  • Alex Keller
  • Phillip Graves
  • Nikolai

Modern Warfare 3 campaign locations & gameplay

Modern Warfare 3 Operation 627 campaign
Modern Warfare 3’s campaign takes you to Verdansk’s Gulag.

Modern Warfare 3 takes players on another globe-trotting campaign with a mix of linear missions and a semi-open world as seen in MW2’s “Recon by Fire” sniping mission.

Here are all of Modern Warfare 3’s campaign locations:

  • Verdansk
  • Urzikstan
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Siberia
  • St. Petersberg
  • London
  • Chicago

That’s right, MW3’s campaign brings players back to Verdansk. Despite players not getting the chance to explore the whole original Warzone map again, some missions take place in specific areas such as the Prison and Dam POIs.

Further, half of the missions within the campaign have a semi-open-world format, following the introduction of Open Combat missions, that grant players free reign to explore areas and tackle the missions any way they like.

Modern Warfare 3 campaign missions

Modern Warfare 3 has a total of 15 campaign missions players can dive in ranging from fan-favorite Verdansk and the Mediterranean Sea to London or Russia. Here’s a list of every available campaign mission in MW3:

  1. Operation 627 – Zordaya Prison Complex, Verdansk
  2. Precious Cargo – Sakhra, Urzikstan
  3. Reactor – Nuclear Power Plant, Urzikstan
  4. Payload – Atomgrad Bunker, Urzikstan
  5. Deep Cover – Arklov Peak Military Base, Verdansk
  6. Passenger – Russian Flight 761
  7. Crash Site – Urzikstan Border
  8. Flashpoint – Acropolis National Arena, Verdansk
  9. Oligarch – Plutus Island, Mediterranean Sea
  10. Highrise – Saint Petersburg, Russia
  11. Frozen Tundra – Taymyrsky Dolgano-Nenetsky District, Siberia, Russia
  12. Gora Dam – Gora Dam, Verdansk
  13. Danger Close – Urzikstan
  14. Trojan Horse – Greensbury Park, London, United Kingdom
  15. Countdown – Chicago, United States

All in all, that’s everything you need to know about Modern Warfare 3’s campaign. For more on MW3, be sure to check out our other guides in order to be ready for the game’s launch.

How to get MGB Tactical Nuke Killstreak in Modern Warfare 3 | When is Ranked Play coming to Modern Warfare 3? | Can you slide cancel in Modern Warfare 3? | Modern Warfare 3 War mode explained | Modern Warfare 3 Zombies Zones explained | Modern Warfare 3 Cutthroat game mode explained | Modern Warfare 3 PC requirements | Does Modern Warfare 3 have Hardcore mode? 

Sign up to Charlie INTEL for free and receive:
Fewer Ads|Dark Mode|Deals in Gaming, TV and Movies, and Tech