New Modern Warfare 3 Update Buffs Submachine Guns, Fixes Crashes, And More

The weapons have been adjusted for a smoother gameplay.

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  • The new Modern Warfare 3 update has brought many weapon changes, performance and bug fixes, and more.
  • The devs have especially focused on rebalancing the weapons and the Zombies mode in the new patch.
  • Some visual issues related to guns and maps were tackled in the patch with gameplay improvements.

Sledgehammer Games has finally launched the latest Modern Warfare patch notes for November 22, 2023. It addresses plenty of issues and improves upon many weapons we know and love. The devs have concentrated most of their resources on rebalancing the weapons and ironing out a few bugs related to gameplay and maps. An annoying crash occurring for some players while viewing Weapon Challenges was also mended by the team.

The patch has tinkered with three machine guns and three assault rifles. However, the main focus was to reduce the lethality of the FR 5.56 and DG-58. Both guns will now need you to do two headshots to kill an enemy with a single 3-round burst fire. These changes want to improve the consistency and viability of the submachine guns. The Modern Warfare 3 balance changes for the selected assault rifles are shared below:

The latest Modern Warfare 3 patch readjusts assault rifles.
The latest Modern Warfare 3 patch readjusts assault rifles.

As a side note, the devs only recently stated in an interview that submachine guns were going to receive buffs in the future. Sledgehammer Games has followed through and made minor but gripping changes to three submachine guns in the new patch notes:

New Modern Warfare update buffs a few submachine guns.
The new Modern Warfare 3 submachine gun buffs.

An exploit allowing players to equip camos that were yet to be unlocked was patched by Sledgehammer Games. It also resolved the dilemma that prevented players from equipping the Borealis Weapon Camo once it unlocked. Additionally, you cannot equip attachments to a weapon in MW3 that are incompatible with the current selection. 


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For the map changes, the Derail map will now have an appropriate amount of fog, while grime on windows was reduced in the Estate map for a better view. The way zombies spawn has also been improved to prioritize ground spawning, meaning fewer zombies on rooftops. The general bugs related to gameplay and specific missions can be viewed below:

Many MW3 gameplay and mission-related bugs were tackled in the new update.
Many MW3 gameplay and mission-related bugs were tackled in the new update.

The Modern Warfare 3 devs have also recently addressed the missing features, such as the stamina bar and plans for the title. Before playing, we suggest checking our guide for the best audio settings to hear enemies from far away. Also, skim through our top 6 submachine gun picks to laser your way through rounds. Lastly, check out our write-up about all the easter-eggs locations in the MW3 Zombies and enjoy free perks.

The FPS came out to a mixed reception on November 10, 2023, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, and PC. eXputer’s Huzaifah Durrani reviewed Modern Warfare 3 as one of the worst titles he’s ever played, marking it only with a 2/5 score. MW3 greatly fell short in its brief and lousy narrative, bad mission choices, open combat missions, and some multiplayer aspects but was praised for gunplay and visuals.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to devoutly keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. His articles have been cited by VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more. Experience: 4+ Years

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