No platinum trophy for Modern Warfare 3 on PS5 — here’s why

While the PS4 version of the upcoming shooter will have a full standalone trophy list, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on PS5 will have no platinum trophy.

No platinum trophy for Modern Warfare 3 on PS5 — here’s why
Lee Brady

Lee Brady

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We can confirm that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 on PS5 has no platinum trophy, marking a massive shift for the series which is likely connected to a change in how Activision will publish all of its Call of Duty PS5 games going forward. While the full list of Modern Warfare 3 trophies on PS4 will include a platinum, the game's PS5 trophies will instead be considered DLC for the previous game, Modern Warfare 2.

Modern Warfare 3 PS5 trophies suggest game really is MW2 DLC

Detected on the PlayStation Network by one of TrueTrophies' scanners, our data shows that the Modern Warfare 3 trophies for PS5 have been officially categorized as a DLC trophy list for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. This means that, like with every other DLC trophy list on the PlayStation platform, Modern Warfare 3 will not come complete with its own platinum trophy on PS5.

Modern Warfare 3 PS5 trophiesThe trophy list has been detected Call of Duty Modern Warfare III DLC

The full PS5 trophy list is identical to the PS4 version of the game, with 39 trophies that put an emphasis on the game's Modern Warfare Zombies mode and Open Combat Missions — it just lacks a platinum trophy to earn once all the other 39 trophies have been unlocked. You can click this link Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 DLC link to see the full PS5 trophy list.

The lack of a platinum trophy for Modern Warfare 3 on PS5 is certain to upset trophy hunters, many of whom might be tempted to blame the recent Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard King for the quietly frustrating change. However, this is almost certainly connected to the upcoming introduction of Call of Duty HQ on PS5 — a new feature that was announced back in August 2023.

Modern Warfare 3 PS5 trophiesIt's a no go.

Launching alongside Modern Warfare 3 on Friday, November 10, 2023, Call of Duty HQ looks set to be something of a rebrand for Modern Warfare 2's PS5 launcher. Currently, that's the same launcher PS5 players use to access the free-to-play Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 — the one that makes it look like you own a copy of Modern Warfare 2, even if you haven't purchased the 2022 game. When the Call of Duty HQ launcher is booted up on PS5, players will be able to choose between Modern Warfare 2, 3, or Warzone from a single menu.

The caveat of all this is that, as far as the PlayStation Network is concerned, it effectively makes Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 an expansion of Modern Warfare 2, appending the new content onto MW2's launcher. This is why Modern Warfare 3's trophy list is not standalone and also why it's connected specifically to Modern Warfare 2 and not, say, 2019's Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
This change with Call of Duty HQ has created a very unfortunate look for Activision, a company that has spent much of the last year denying that Modern Warfare 3 was in any shape or form an expansion of Modern Warfare 2. The company has insisted that the upcoming FPS game is a full, "premium" release, but as far as the PlayStation Network is concerned, Modern Warfare 3 and its trophy list will all be characterized as DLC content.

Regardless, this news is sure to be a thorn in the side of PS5 trophy hunters. Now, they'll have to decide whether to enjoy the enhanced version of Modern Warfare 3 on PS5 at the cost of a platinum trophy or whether to play the last-gen PS4 version of the game just for the full trophy list. The readers will just have to let us know: what do you think? Has this change got you eyeing up our list of the best shooter games on PS5 for some alternatives this year? Let us know down in the comments.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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