New Match Types
In addition to a new play dynamic, MW3 will also introduce two new match types for online play. The first, Team Defender, is similar to Capture the Flag, only without the need to return the flag to a base. Instead, the object is to capture and hold on to the enemy's flag for as long as possible. The mode places a lot of emphasis on teamwork and should work well with the new Strike Packages.
Another, even more exciting, match type is Kill Confirmed. According to developers, the idea for the mode actually grew out of a dynamic that started showing up in Team Defender matches, where players would use the flag to bait other players.
Kill Confirmed, dubbed "Dog Tags" by some fans on the show floor, is similar to Team Deathmatch, but revises the scoring system. Whenever you down an opponent, they drop a set of dog tags on the ground. You still gain the XP fro the kill, but in order to gain points for your team (and win the match), you need to snag the tags. However, if you pick up a fallen teammate's tags before your opponent, you'll "deny" the kill, keeping them from earning the points.
I immediately fell in love with this mode, and am certain I'll spend a lot of time with it after launch. The mode introduces a real "team" dynamic that, frankly, has been missing from the mode for years. It will take some adjustment from the playerbase (some were pissed that other people could snag their points), but that's the nature of team play. Besides, you still get the XP for the kill.
MW3 also introduces a number of Private Match types, including the option to define your own match type and share it with others via CoD: Elite. Players will even get to vote on whether or not they like the match and, it was suggested, high vote getters may show up as game modes in the public lists.
While by no means a complete list (Infinity Ward is, apparently, still keeping a few other changes under wraps), the announced changes so far seem like a significant change to how matches play out.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ships November 8.