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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Makarov Trailer Tears the World Apart

Activision reveals Modern Warfare 3's main villain with the Makarov trailer.

Activision has released the next tease for the upcoming sequel in their CoD reboot series. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Makarov trailer reveals the game’s main antagonist. It comes just a few short days after the game was officially announced. The 1:48 video is a mixture of live-action sequences and in-game footage. It shows the villain as he’s escorted through a prison. Interspersed are scenes recalling past events, such as No Russian.

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Makarov Trailer

I was alerted to the Makarov trailer drop via Activision’s SMS campaign, as revealed by the hidden numbers in the Modern Ware 3 reveal trailer. The developer sent direct links to the video to those that have opted into the marketing campaign. However, the trailer was made available to everyone via the Call of Duty YouTube account. Also teased there ahead of its drop, the SMS with the link was a nice touch but not necessarily something special.

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Regardless, the Makarov trailer only fuels the hype train for the rumored larger Modern Warfare 3 reveal during a Warzone event the week of August 14. All signs point to a much larger intel drop. We already know the next installment in the reboot series is coming on November 10, 2023. However, we still don’t know which platforms it will release on. We also don’t know if there’s any exclusivity for PlayStation players or what, if any, early access details there are. We can assume it will launch on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox platforms, so that’s not so much a mystery.

The Makarov trailer doesn’t exactly bring any surprises for veterans of the series. But seeing the evil that’s slithered through the subseries in a new light adds further context. It further cements the “from a certain point of view” angle Activision’s taken with the recent reboots. We know how this will end, but it’s very likely the beats of how we get there will be told differently, just as Modern Warfare 2019 wasn’t a 1:1 remake of Call of Duty 4. Or maybe we don’t know how this will end. We’ll have to wait and see.

That’s all for the MW3 Makarov trailer for now. There’s surely more information on the villain coming in the months leading to the game’s launch on November 10. Stay tuned.


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