- Modern Warfare 3 carries over progress from Modern Warfare 2, so playing the previous game will make the single player campaign more meaningful and rewarding.
- Fans of the series will be delighted to discover a subtle Easter egg in the Terminal Map, featuring a travel brochure for the Valderas museum from Modern Warfare 2.
- The discussion sparked by the Easter egg suggests that Valderas is a beloved map and should be considered for inclusion in Sledgehammer Games’ new title, considering Modern Warfare 3’s low rating.
Hidden in the Terminal Map of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a clever reference to Valderas, a map from the last game in the series. Sledgehammer Games’ new entry in the Call of Duty series continues the story and action from the previous title while striking off on its own with new game modes and content. Some fans have been asking whether it’s important to play Modern Warfare 2 before Modern Warfare 3 and, while this answer depends on a lot of factors, it seems that there are some benefits to having checked out the last game first.
There are 37 new weapons in Modern Warfare 3, but progress on weapons from Modern Warfare 2 will still carry over. Further, the single player campaign continues the story from the last game, so it will be more meaningful for fans already familiar with it. While it’s not necessary, there are certainly incentives for players to make sure they’ve experienced Modern Warfare 2 before they commit to the sequel. Now, fans are discovering another reward in the new game for those that thoroughly explored the old.
On Reddit, a fan going by Trillaz has found a subtle reference to the Modern Warfare 2 map Valderas in the Terminal Map of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It seems that, in the titular airport terminal of the map, operators can find a stand featuring travel brochures of the Valderas museum. Tourist brochures certainly fit in at an airport terminal, which makes them a great choice for an Easter egg as they’re both thematically appropriate and easy to overlook at first glance.
The post on Reddit elicited delight from fans who hadn’t noticed the reference yet and sparked a discussion on the merits of the maps from the old and new games in the series. The consensus appears to be that Valderas was a great map, if a bit too large, and it should receive consideration from Sledgehammer Games as a candidate for being brought into their new title. Given that Modern Warfare 3 is the lowest-rated game in the history of the series, more homages and to, and borrowing of, material from past games likely couldn’t hurt.
This fun Easter egg should be a sight that past fans of the series will want to check out while they’re fighting across Terminal. Fortunately, Modern Warfare 3 just added Terminal 24/7 to its playlist, so gamers will have lots of opportunities to explore the map in the coming weeks.
Set for a November 10, 2023 release, Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023) continues Captain Price’s story from the 2019 and 2022 games.
- Call of Duty, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS4, Xbox One
- November 10, 2023
- Sledgehammer Games