Modern Warfare 3 November 17 update patch notes: Movement buffs, Armory Unlock changes, more

Luca Di Marzo
MW3 Operators

When the November 15 update for MW3 arrived, the devs explained that more changes would be on the way to address movement in the game. On November 17, the devs revealed the patch notes that explain the major movement buffs in Modern Warfare 3, along with several other changes.

Following its arrival on November 10, Modern Warfare 3 players have been flying up the ranks, trying to unlock every weapon in the game. There’s no shortage of content for players to enjoy, whether that’s diving into the new MW3 Zombies or grinding weapon camos in multiplayer.

Given that it’s a relatively new title, MW3 has its share of hiccups. The devs have wasted no time in identifying and fixing issues that have popped up since launch with frequent updates. However, updates aren’t always about fixing bugs, as sometimes the devs will look to balance or tweak gameplay features.

On November 17, a Modern Warfare 3 update brings major movement buffs that players have been calling for, so here are the full patch notes.

MW3 November 17 patch notes



  • New Features
    • Added the ability to preview Weapon Camos and Aftermarket Parts earned via Weekly Challenges.
    • Weekly Challenges will now display the associated base Weapon for Aftermarket Part rewards.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Addressed an issue that allowed Players to select Modes that are not supported in Private Matches.
    • Players will no longer be stuck in an “Activating Token” state after consuming an XP Token.
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed Players to equip Aftermarket Parts without meeting the minimum requirements.


  • Movement
    • Decreased Tac Sprint refresh delay after sliding by 75%.
    • Decreased Tac Sprint refresh time to match the Infantry Vest/Running Sneakers.
    • Decreased sprint delay after sliding by 53%.

At Launch, we introduced a delay after sliding to the Tac Sprint refresh time. A review prompted by Player feedback determined that the previous delay was too aggressive. Today’s updates aim to improve movement fluidity without making slide and Tac Sprint repetition the only viable choice for Players.


  • Weapons
    • Corrected Attachment unlock requirements for several MWII Weapons.
  • Challenges
    • Corrected unlock challenge tracking conditions for BBQ (Operator).
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the progression of the Priceless Camo challenge for the DM58 (Marksman Rifle).
  • Armory Unlocks
    • Wins will now progress Armory Unlocks without first completing Daily Challenges.
      • Look for UI modifications in a future game update to better reflect this change.


  • Estate
    • Increased brightness in low-light areas to improve Player visibility.
  • Underpass
    • Adjusted a spawn point in the Parking Lot to prevent Players from dying upon respawn.


  • Remote Turret
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed Players to become invisible.

We are investigating reports of further exploits with the Remote Turret. It will be re-enabled for use once we’ve deemed it is safe.



  • Addressed an issue that allowed Players who are eligible for a Story Mission to be automatically queued into one if a different squad completes a Story Mission exfil.
  • Addressed an exfil timing issue that allowed Players to fall from the exfil helicopter at the edge of the map when departing from the Sub Pen.
  • Closed an exploit that permitted duplication of a Player’s weapon.
  • Closed an exploit that permitted duplication of scorestreaks.


  • Mega Abomination
    • Addressed an issue that could prevent the Mega Abomination from ignoring Players in the High Difficulty zone.


  • Addressed an issue that prevented Players from entering the Modern Warfare Zombies menu due to “Timed out waiting for instance inventory.”
  • Reduced the number of Zombies that spawn at exfil locations to improve stability.
  • Various stability and map fixes.


  • General
    • Addressed an issue where weapon names were replaced with placeholder text when completing a camo unlock challenge in the AAR.
  • Battle Pass
    • Addressed an issue that prevented Players from earning Battle Pass XP in Modern Warfare Zombies.
  • Camo Challenges
    • Weapons
      • FR 5.56
        • Addressed an issue where the Digital Wildwood camo completion criteria was incorrect.
    • Completionist Camos
      • Golden Enigma (MW3) & Golden Ivory (MW2) Update
        • We’ve released a fix that allows Players to complete the Golden Enigma and Golden Ivory Completionist Camos with non-blueprint weapons.

Our teams continue investigating this Completionist Camo issue and are committed to releasing a fix that allows blueprint weapons to be completed. We thank everyone for your patience and the messages we received regarding weapon configurations while we continue investigating.

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