Activision is leveling up the hype for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III with the release of a live-action trailer, simply known as “The Lobby.” The cinematic sequence is directed by David Leitch, a name familiar to action movie buffs for his work on Deadpool 2 and John Wick.
As the clock counts down to 30 seconds before a match, the trailer puts players in the shoes of an Operator named KillSwitch, walking through a real-world representation of a Call of Duty lobby. This isn’t your ordinary lobby, though—cameos include musician 21 Savage, NBA superstar Devin Booker, and UK rapper Central Cee.
A Blend of Familiar Faces and Fresh Takes
First time in the limelight for in-game characters like Ghost, Gaz, Makarov, Valeria, and Graves, as they gear up alongside your everyday gamers and celebs. The live-action footage eventually morphs the real-life personas into their in-game avatars, hammering home the message, “There’s a Soldier in All of Us.”
This tagline isn’t new to the Call of Duty universe. Initially introduced in 2017, it makes a comeback for Modern Warfare III, reflecting the game’s ever-expanding player base.
An Anthem for Modern Warfare III
Another highlight is the game’s original track, “Call Me Revenge,” crafted by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder and featuring verses from 21 Savage. The tune ties in closely with both the narrative of the game and the theme of the film, setting the stage for Modern Warfare III’s upcoming release.
Director David Leitch: A Full-Circle Journey
Leitch, who made his mark in the gaming world as a motion capture actor for the inaugural Call of Duty game, celebrates the franchise’s 20th anniversary with this directorial effort. The anniversary film, which dropped on October 5, serves as a nod to Leitch’s roots and the evolution of the iconic series.
Game Drops November 10th
Mark your calendars, gamers. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III is set to deploy globally on November 10. Tyler Bahl, Head of Marketing at Activision, encapsulates the significance of the occasion: “As we commemorate this monumental milestone for the Call of Duty franchise, we believe it’s essential to honor our player community. ‘The Lobby’ serves as a poignant reminder of our iconic tagline, which we are thrilled to reintroduce.”
The cinematic trailer, “The Lobby,” is out now for fans to feast their eyes on. No doubt, it adds another layer of anticipation for what’s shaping up to be another blockbuster entry in the Call of Duty saga.
Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Windows