The first major details of the as-yet-unannounced Modern Warfare 3 have been outed as part of a major leak.
The Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer and Raven-developed game will launch on November 8, 2011, according to Kotaku.
The single player story will kick off moments after the cliffhanger ending of Modern Warfare 2 with the US attempting to repel a surprise Russian attack.
It's said to feature around 15 missions taking in global locations including New York, Paris and London.
The site reports: "The single-player campaign will ping-pong players around the world as they take on the multiple throwaway roles as a Russian Federal Protective Services agent, SAS Operative, tank gunner, and AC-130 gunner as well as key characters from previous instalments and new recurring characters."
Kotaku's sources suggest "the game will reshape the landscape of the Call of Duty franchise by introducing a number of eclectic settings, deep multiplayer gaming and a story that ties up nearly all loose ends from previous titles, including the final moments of key figures in the series' history".
It'll also introduce new characters "who appear to be destined for future Modern Warfare games".
A slightly spoilerific list of game locations named by Kotaku follows. DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHERE THE GAME TAKES YOU. NO CHARACTER / PLOT INFORMATION IS INCLUDED:
* Dharmasala, India
* New York, New York
* A plane transporting the president of Russia
* A town in Sierra Leone
* London, England
* Mogadishu, Somalia
* Hamburg, Germany
* Paris, France
* Prague, Czech Republic
* A castle in the Czech mountains
* Berlin, Germany
* The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia
* Dubai, United Arab Emirates
* Washington. D.C.
The site also leaked major details surrounding the game's multiplayer component and the return of the popular Spec Ops mode.