PS5 Trophies Treat Call Of Duty: MW3 Like DLC

With the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III imminent, folks are noticing something unusual about the PlayStation 5 version: it doesn’t appear to have a platinum trophy. Oddly, the game is also treated as simply DLC for Modern Warfare II. Keep in mind that this is a full $70 video game. But currently, it’s acting more like a paid DLC pack, which might confirm previous reports that at one point this latest entry in the CoD franchise was just an expansion.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III is almost here (see on Amazon). In fact, folks who pre-ordered the latest entry in the popular FPS series can start playing Modern Warfare III’s campaign later today. The new entry is a direct sequel to 2022’s Modern Warfare II and features Task Force 141 on a mission to stop big baddie Vladimir Makarov from doing villainous shenanigans. And none of this should be confused with the previous Modern Warfare games released on Xbox 360 and PS3 or the remastered versions of those same games. It’s all a bit confusing. Also confusing: The new Modern Warfare III on PC and PS5 behaves like DLC and not a new game.

As spotted by trophy guide site PowerPyx and later confirmed by players on PlayStation 5, MW III is listed as DLC for 2022’s Modern Warfare II. This is only the case on PS5 and not on PlayStation 4. The PS4 version of the game has a platinum trophy and a separate trophy list. Weirdly, on Steam, MW III has a similar problem, with its Steam achievements being listed as DLC for MW II. The Xbox versions of the game do not seem to share this issue.

Kotaku has reached out to Activision about the Call of Duty trophy situation.

Was Modern Warfare III originally a paid expansion?

So what’s up? I can’t imagine Activision purposely left out the platinum trophy on just the PS5 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III. I also find it unlikely that just the PS5 and PC ports would treat trophies and achievements as DLC while the other versions of the shooter handle them as you’d expect: as separate video games. My guess is this is some sort of technical mix-up or back-end issue that likely reveals a previous report about MW III’s development was accurate.

In November 2022, Bloomberg reported that Modern Warfare III wasn’t going to be a full, new video game but instead a paid, premium expansion for Modern Warfare II. However, in February, the outlet reported that things had changed and MW III had evolved from a premium expansion into a full retail release.

So it’s possible that what is happening with MW III’s trophies on PS5 is a leftover issue from when the game was originally just a big expansion for MW II. If that’s the case, I assume Activision will confirm this and update the game to fix this issue.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III’s multiplayer launches on November 10. The game’s campaign will be available later today for those who preordered. We’ll see if any updates change the current trophy situation between now and November 10.

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MW3 Error Keeps Asking Some Players For MW2 Disc

Some PlayStation 5 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III players looking to enjoy the game’s newly released single-player campaign are encountering a bizarre problem: The game is locking them out from playing and asking for the Modern Warfare II disc.

For a long time, people have joked that new Call of Duty games are just the same game repackaged with a few new guns every year. It’s not true, of course, but some installments do feel very similar to past entries thanks to similar technology and assets being used across the franchise. But MW3 on PS5 pushes this further, with trophies on PS5 being listed as DLC for MW2. And now, some players are reporting that they can’t even play the game on PS5 due to an error message asking them to insert the PS4 version of Modern Warfare II.

As reported and confirmed by IGN on November 2, players are complaining online that they can’t play the new game’s campaign—which is out now for folks who pre-ordered—because of an error locking them out. Awkwardly, this error message asks players to “Please insert a play disc for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and retry.” A bit odd, as these players purchased the new game, Modern Warfare III.

Kotaku has reached out to Activision for comment.

While some players have suggested workarounds on Reddit, that doesn’t seem to be fixing the issue for everyone dealing with the odd error. Activision seems aware of the problem and tweeted that it is “investigating” the issues. A later tweet confirmed an update had been pushed that should fix the issue for players following a console restart.

Nowhere in either tweets did Activision mention what the game’s error text specifically stated. That’s likely because this strange error is just more evidence that reports from 2022—claiming Modern Warfare III was planned to be a Modern Warfare II expansion—were indeed accurate..

On November 1, players discovered that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III on PS5 didn’t have a platinum trophy, reigniting speculation that the new game was somehow being treated as a DLC for the previous one. This issue was also spotted on the Steam version of the game, with MW3’s achievements listed as DLC for MW2.

The MW2 disc error and the DLC trophy episode may be leftovers of when this entry in the CoD series wasn’t a full game, but a paid expansion for Modern Warfare II. While eventually plans changed, as reported by Bloomberg in February, it seems some ghosts of those past expansion plans linger in Modern Warfare III for PS5.

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