Is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III Coming to Xbox Game Pass? Here’s What to Know Ahead of Its Anticipated Release

Published 09/30/2023, 8:10 AM EDT

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The next Call of Duty is one of the most awaited games of the year. Ever since its announcement, fans have been curious to know about it. Thanks to various promotional blogs and several events, the makers have revealed a lot about the premium FPS offering. Still, there may be few doubts remaining among the players. Especially, those who are looking forward to enjoy it on the Xbox.

So far, it’s been revealed that Modern Warfare III will arrive on all the supported platforms. Initially, there were several concerns regarding old generation of consoles. However, they were nothing less than technical errors. But now, there’s a big question in the minds of Xbox gamers waiting for the next installment: will it launch on the Game Pass too?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III on Xbox Game Pass?


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The deal between Microsoft and Activision is yet to close, officially. Yes, it’s been approved by the UK CMA but that’s on a provisional basis. So for the time being, events involving Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s billion-dollar merger possibilities are potentially still a cause for concern.


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Also, the existing market agreement between the COD publisher and PlayStation hasn’t expired yet. It’s the most crucial reason why Activision can’t simply bring Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III on the Game Pass subscription service day one.

So, the answer is no. It won’t be on Xbox game pass. As of now, we can’t expect to see a new COD on Microsoft’s service until 2025.

In short, Game Pass subscribers can only get a brand new Call of Duty when the current agreement between Sony and Activision expires. Not to mention that the $68.7 billion proposed acquisition of the publisher needs to close too.

What to expect from Modern Warfare III upon release?

Meanwhile, gaming fans and hardcore COD lovers are just eager to try out the new installment. It’s going to pack a heavy punch in terms of offering unique and captivating content. In case anyone missed keeping track of details, it will be the first Modern Warfare title to feature Zombies. Players will witness them in an open world mode. It will follow a PvE format where the users will have to team up together in order to fight hordes of the undead. Eventually, they will have to extract successfully after looting items during narrative-based missions.


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Furthermore, MWIII will also bring a new feature called Carry Forward. It will enable the players to continue using their purchased bundles and cosmetics from the current game. Oh, and there are various remastered maps coming back as well. Based on 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, they will give a nostalgic feeling to those who have grown up enjoying classic COD entries.

In terms of story, the game will continue the Campaign of MWII from last year. This time, however, the members of Task Force 141 will have to go against a returning villain in Vladimir Makarov. Plus, the single-player mode will introduce open-combat missions too.


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Fans will have plenty to keep them engaged with the current season of MWII. And there is plenty more to come with MWIII. But while fans are engrossed in it, players will have to wait for a long time before it can appear on Xbox game pass.

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Written by:

Mintu Tomar


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Mintu Tomar is a senior eSports writer at EssentiallySports, whose passion for video games is unmatched. With an impressive portfolio of over 1900 articles, Mintu is an expert in the coverage of Call of Duty. His extensive knowledge of the industry and insightful commentary have earned him the respect of many prominent figures, including actors, podcast hosts, and other important individuals in the gaming world.
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