Call of Duty fans have discovered that they can’t simply launch the new Modern Warfare 3 game without launching Modern Warfare 2 first. If you don’t know, Activision rolled out a new Call of Duty HQ app with the launch of Modern Warfare 3 which essentially acts as a game launcher for all the recent COD titles. However, while it does indeed launch Warzone and Modern Warfare 2 and 3, it is basically just a reskinned Modern Warfare 2 boot-up menu which has replaced the game.
So when you get Modern Warfare 3, you’ll first need to launch this new Call of Duty HQ (just a reskinned Warzone launcher). Once it loads up and checks for updates, scans game files and connects to the server, then you’ll finally get to select Modern Warfare 3 and boot up the game. It will also then check game files, install updates and connect to the server.
Essentially what should take a few seconds to get through now takes much much longer due to this Call of Duty HQ launcher. Keep in mind that loading up Warzone or Modern Warfare 2 isn’t as much of a mission. It instantly loads into the game. However, Modern Warfare 3 causes the launcher to close and then opens up the new game.
There’s no executable launcher for Modern Warfare 3 because the game is buried inside Modern Warfare 2. You know, because the game was actually meant to be an expansion but Activision claimed, in the end, it wasn’t. Seems like it was.
Users claim it takes about 90 seconds to get into the game. There’s a video down below showing off the launch process for Modern Warfare 3 and it looks like a pain.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launches this week for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC. The game’s campaign early access is now live. Check out our full guide on the game’s launch times and early access unlock times here.