When is Ranked Play Coming to Modern Warfare 3?

When can players expect ranked play to make its way into Modern Warfare 3?

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Ranked play is coming to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, allowing players to grind their way through the ranks to earn rewards and bragging rights. So, players will be wondering: When Ranked Played is coming to Modern Warfare 3? We’ve got the answer for you.

Although we have no significant details, we expect ranked play in Modern Warfare 3 to work similarly to how it does in Modern Warfare 2, with players having to follow the rules and restrictions found in the Call of Duty League (CDL), which has specific game modes, like Control, Search and Destroy, and Hardpoint in 4v4 setups. There are also restrictions on some weapons, and different modes have different settings, timers, and tweaks in the spirit of fairness. Also, expect to earn Skill Rating (SR) and work your way through the ranks and divisions to get rewards.

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When Is Ranked Played Releasing For Modern Warfare 3?

Modern Warfare 3 will be getting ranked play during Season 1 Reloaded, which is the midway point through a season and comes with some changes and, on occasion, new content. We currently don’t have a definite release date for the season, but our educated guess is it will be sometime in early December when we see the season kick-off. As such, we will probably see Season 1 Reloaded and ranked play coming in early next year.

This was revealed during the Call of Duty Next event, with Greg Reisdorf, Sledgehammer’s multiplayer creative director, confirming during the stream that Treyarch will be handling the competitive play and that they are going to “update it, modernize it from Modern Warfare 2, bring that forward.”

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As for why Ranked Play isn’t available already in MW3, that is partly due to giving players a chance to “get familiar with everything, they can understand what’s happening within the game.”