The third opus of one of the world's most celebrated video games, Call of Duty, will be released on the 8th of November with a number of online retailers already offering it on preorder nearly six months in advance.
Game.co.uk has put the game on preorder, with the Xbox 360 and the PS3 versions costing £44.99 each and the PC one available for £39.99, with Sainsburys, Asda and Tesco having already started a price war.
The game's precursor, Call of Duty: Black Ops was named best-selling game of the year in 2010; it became the first game to generate more than one billion dollars in less than 50 days with almost a third of that coming from sales within the first 24 hours.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 raked in more than $550 million during its first five days of going on sale, with MW2 reaching the $1 billion mark after 60 days. The fact that MW3 will launch within seven weeks of Christmas means that sales are likely to be just as good as, if not better than, Black Ops which was released on the 9th of November.
MW3 will be developed by Infinity Ward and will be a direct sequel to Modern Warfare 2 with the expected locations expected to vary between America, England, France, Germany and potentially Dubai and Moscow.
Many had expected the game to be launched on the 11th of November 2011 because it would have coincided with Black Friday which is one of the the busiest days for online shopping.