'Modern Warfare 3' Release Date: Game Projected to Shatter Records

The latest installment of the "Call of Duty" video game series is expected to shatter sales records when it is released midnight on Tuesday.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" has already sold more pre-orders than previous record holder, "Call of Duty: Black Ops," according to publisher Activision Blizzard. "Black Ops" sold more than 25 million copies, breaking the record set by "Modern Warfare 2."

"Black Ops" also sold 5.7 million copies around the world in 24 hours when the game was released in April 2010.

Some video game retailers have decided to open at midnight for the release of "Modern Warfare 3." Best Buy, Walmart, and GameStop will all open select locations at midnight.

The game will start at $59.99. The series is also offering a $100 dollar version which comes with a year's subscription to the new "Call of Duty: Elite" online service.

The elite package was created to improve the game's multiplayer mode. It includes player and game statistics and network features on the web.

Scott Steinberg of consulting firm TechSavvy Global told the Detroit Free Press the elite package "promises to keep the game feeling fresh and new and relevant year-round."

"Instead of just selling you a one-shot product, they are selling you an entire service and the culture that comes with it," he added.

The game will pick up where "Modern Warfare 2" left off, with Special Forces searching for Russian Terrorist Vladimir Marakov. The game takes place in locations around the world such as Paris, London and New York.

The game also has made some additions to the Special Ops mode with 16 new objective based missions. There is also an option to team up online or play solo in every multiplayer map.

The game's kill streaks have also been revamped. There is also a gun progression feature that evolves your weapons over the course of the game.