Do ranks reset when Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) launches?

Do you really have to start all over?

by Jorge Aguilar
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Modern Warfare 3 is set to launch on November 10, 2023, and with it comes a lot of questions. Some players may wonder if ranks reset when Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) launches, and we’ve got the answer below.

Will ranks reset when MW3 launches?

Yes, MW3 ranks will reset when the game launches on November 10. This means that all players will start at level 1, regardless of their progress in the beta or previous Call of Duty games. If you paid for the Vault Edition or got any kind of pre-order, it’d be an unfair advantage if you were able to rank up your character before others who also paid for the game.

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Why does MW3 need a rank reset after launch?

By implementing a rank reset, everyone begins from the same point when the game launches. It also gives Activision an opportunity to balance the game and make sure that all players have an equal chance to succeed.

For example, if a weapon was OP during the beta and someone got a lot of XP for it, that would be fixed. This way, that player will need to rank up in a fairer playing field instead of taking advantage of issues in the Beta.

What will happen to my progress from the MW3 beta?

Unfortunately, none of your progress from the MW3 beta will carry over to the full game. This means that you will lose your level, weapons, killstreaks, perks, and other items. However, you will receive an exclusive operator skin for reaching max level in the Modern Warfare 3 beta.

The operator skin for reaching the max level is the Tester Operator Skin which is a red crash test dummy skin. That’s a a fitting reward for players who are testing the game and helping to make it better.

- This article was updated on November 6th, 2023

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