How do Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions work?

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September 21, 2023: What are Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions? Find everything about the new way to play single-player in our guide!

Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions are one of several new innovations making their way to Sledgehammer Games' latest entry into the Call of Duty franchise. Modern Warfare 3 is a direct sequel to 2022's Modern Warfare 2 and comes with an all-new way to experience the single-player campaign.

Typically, most Call of Duty campaigns feature a clear path to completing the task at hand. This time around, the developer has taken a different route to enhance gameplay along with introducing an extensive gun list to master.

Before we take a closer look at how Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions work, check out our other guides containing the latest beta intel and how to unlock the Soap Operator Pack.

Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions explained

Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions provide players with a number of additional choices to make when working through a mission. For example, if you want to channel your inner Ghost and perform some stealth tactics, you can do so using a new approach known as Lights Out.

The Lights Out option involves using night-vision goggles, silenced weaponry, and allow you to complete the level without alerting a single enemy to your location.

Playing with stealth in mind isn't everyone's preferred style of play. For a loud approach, use vehicles to navigate the area and a wealth of firepower to get the job done.

Modern Warfare 3 player aiming with Tac Stance
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How many Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions are there?

Sledgehammer Games says half of the campaign will feature Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions while the other will feature more linear objectives to complete.


The addition of Open Combat Missions is an excellent way to inject a breath of fresh air into the single-player story, allowing players to complete the missions in a variety of ways. We'll try to stay stealthy, but there are no guarantees...

That's all there is to know about the Modern Warfare 3 Open Combat Missions. For more, check out our guides showcasing intel on Tac Stance and campaign early access.

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