Is the Vault Edition of Modern Warfare 3 worth it?
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There are two primary editions you can purchase for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the Standard Edition and Vault Edition. The Standard Edition costs $70 while the Vault Edition goes for $100. Naturally, you might be curious if the Vault Edition of Modern Warfare 3 is worth the extra $30.

With MW3 set to release soon — especially the Early Access Campaign — you might be deciding whether to purchase the game or not. While there is a more expensive version than the Vault Edition, $100 is the most you will realistically spend on MW3.

While the edition does offer some nice in-game rewards, are they really worth a little under half the price of the base game?

Vault Edition content for Modern Warfare 3

First and foremost, let’s go over what exactly the Vault Edition offers. This includes if you decide to pre-order it and if you buy it after MW3 has been released.

Vault Edition of MW3

  • Base game of Modern Warfare 3
  • Campaign Early Access (Pre-Order)
  • Zombie Ghost Operator Skin (Pre-Order)
  • Soul Harvester Tracer Weapon Blueprint (Pre-Order)
  • Soap Operator Pack (Includes a new Soap Operator skin)
  • Nemesis Operator Pack (Includes 4 Operator skins that change colors and animations throughout a match)
  • 2 Weapon Vaults (This includes blueprints for a variety of weapons, including the SVA 545, Longbow, AMR9, Riveter, and more. You automatically have all of the attachments for each of these guns unlocked by default with the Vault Edition. You also don’t have to go through the Armory Unlock Challenges system for the weapons in MW3)
  • One season of the BlackCell Battle Pass + 30 additional Tier Skips of your choosing (You can use those Tier Skips and the BlackCell Battle Pass in any season of MW3, it doesn’t have to be Season 1)
The Vault Edition content in MW3. Image via Activision

There are a few pre-order bonuses with the Vault Edition, but the highlight is the Campaign Early Access, which begins on Nov. 2. This allows you to play the Campaign mode one week before MW3 officially releases on Nov. 10. However, you can also get this same bonus for pre-ordering the Standard Edition.

The real differences between the two editions lie in the bottom half of the list above. The Vault Edition offers a couple of Operator Packs, two Weapon Vaults containing unique skins for several guns in MW3, and one season of the BlackCell Battle Pass.

The BlackCell Battle Pass normally costs $30 on its own and with the Vault Edition, you get it automatically plus 30 Tier Skips for the pass.

Is the Vault Edition of MW3 worth it?

In my opinion, the Vault Edition is absolutely worth its price tag, but only if you’re sure that you will be playing MW3 for the long haul or if you are planning to buy the Battle Passes each season.

If you already know you’re going to buy the Battle Passes, then purchasing the Vault Edition to gain access to the BlackCell version of the pass is a no-brainer. The $30 price tag of the BlackCell version makes up the price difference between the Standard and Vault Edition of MW3, meaning all the additional content in the Vault Edition is just a cherry on top.

However, if you’re unsure how much you will enjoy MW3 past its first few weeks, then I would recommend you hold off on buying the Vault Edition. You can always upgrade to it for $30 in the future, so I suggest waiting and playing for a month or so to fully know if you’re in it for the duration. If you find that you enjoy MW3 more than you thought you would then upgrade to the Vault Edition, gain access to your additional content, and keep having fun.

Of course, if you don’t enjoy MW3, then you saved $30 by not purchasing the Vault Edition.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 7+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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