On the official forums, Infinity Ward’s community strategist Robert Bowling has informed about some additions and enhancements made to Modern Warfare 3: Community Playlists, Drop Zone and ricochet feature.
First up, Community Playlists. As Bowling explains it, “this is where we will add popular or unique private match modes to the public playlists, so you can start ranking up on them,” and adds that the first changes made to the MW3 multiplayer playlists will be the inclusion of a new mode called Drop Zone.
“Get to the drop zone to earn points, the first team to 7500 points wins the round, but thats not all,” he writes. “As long as the Drop Zone is occupied, a care package will drop every 15 seconds, which ever team has the most members in the drop zone at that point ‘owns’ the care package, but anyone can steal it. This is the only way to earn air support in this mode, all other pointstreaks are disabled. You’ll earn 20 points per team member, for every second they’re in the drop zone plus 20 XP individually for your time spent in the zone. Kills are worth 50 XP in this mode.”
In addition, all hardcore modes — including Headquarters and Team Tactical, both of which have been added to the playlists — will now be converted to the Ricochet variant as a response to team killing. For those of you that don’t know what this means, shooting a teammate will only result in you dying a swift death; not your target, but you, the shooter, die.
The update is out now and free for all.