Modern Warfare 3 Cutthroat Mode explained

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What's the deal with Mastery Camos in Modern Warfare 3?

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023) will feature 12 new Mastery Camos to unlock. Four of these are brand new for MW3 guns, four are from the Zombie mode and can be used on MW3 guns, and the final four are brand new Zombies camos for MW2 weapons. You can read more about how you can unlock Mastery Camos here.

Modern Warfare 3 is now here, having already launched its campaign mode for players that have pre-ordered the game. Thanks to some early access periods, we know that there's some new bells and whistles to check out at launch. For one, there's a brand new mode called Cutthroat, which offers a slight tweak on a fan-favorite mode from the Modern Warfare series.

Cutthroat Mode has the potential to be a new staple for Modern Warfare 3 players, and from what we've seen so far, it combines team play, capture the flag as well as elements of elimination modes we've seen in past games. Like with any new mode, we'll have to wait and see how it plays to judge how it'll land within the Call of Duty community, but things are looking promising. It's new additions like this that make Modern Warfare 3 one of the most highly anticipated upcoming games of 2023.

Here's what you need to know about Modern Warfare 3 Cutthroat Mode, including the rules for winning, and how many players can be on each team.

What is Modern Warfare 3 Cutthroat Mode

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A brand-new mode to the franchise, Cutthroat introduces 3v3v3 action on Core Multiplayer maps. Operators have only one life per round; eliminate the enemy teams or capture the overtime flag to win the round. This positions Cutthroat as a mix between Team Deathmatch and an elimination mode. It's certainly more hardcore than the standard team modes, and its overtime flag mechanic means rounds should be short, tense, and exciting.

Cutthroat featured in the second beta weekend that ran in October, and is part of the game's lineup at launch.

When does Modern Warfare 3 Cutthroat launch?

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Modern Warfare 3's new Cutthroat Mode will arrive at launch, on November 10, 2023. It will be one of the maps and modes packaged into the game on release day.

That's everything we know about Modern Warfare 3 Cutthroat Mode so far. For more on the game, be sure to check out what to expect from Modern Warfare 3's Zombies Mode. Elsewhere, there's our look at what maps are included in Modern Warfare 3 at launch.

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