Modern Warfare 3 will be awash with guns, each tailored to a particular scenario, but you won't necessarily have to swap in a new firearm when you switch styles. Scopes can now be folded down on certain weapons, transforming ranged pluggers to up-close-and-personal blasters in the blink of an eye.
"Say you're picking guys in windows out long range in Manhattan, but then kick through a door and start clearing a building," Robert Bowling, Infinity Ward's creative strategist, explained to OXM. "You can now fold down your magnifying scope and already have a close-range optic on your gun - so now you're engaging guys close-target without having to change weapon."
The change was apparently made following discussions with real-life Delta Force operators. Those chaps like to keep their options open.
Bowling also detailed a new weapon, the XM25 air burst grenade launcher or "Punisher". At the risk of sounding like a black market arms merchant, it's a high-tech beast with one hell of a bite.
"It's great for when you're fighting in an urban environment. If a guy is behind a concrete barrier, you can laser-tag that cover point, fire over it and it will then programme the round to explode one metre past it. Anyone hiding behind it will be showered
A n00btube with a brain, then - but perhaps we're just being cynical. Look out for an absolute landslide of Modern Warfare 3 news and views when issue 77 hits shelves on 2nd September. Our cover feature pits Activision's latest against plucky young challenger Battlefield 3. It's the face-off of the century, at least till somebody asks Matt to cut his hair.