Should you type in the address www.modernwarfare3.com you could reasonably expect to be taken to the official site for Activision’s next instalment in its blockbuster first-person shooter franchise. However, visiting the above link will instead direct viewers to the official page for Electronic Arts’ Battlefield 3.

EA has confirmed to Gameplanet that it does not own the domain. A WHOIS search performed by Joystiq reveals that the site is owned by someone in Arizona and was first registered in March 2009.

A partially broken google cache also reveals that the site once carried negative copy about Modern Warfare 3. “Modern Warfare is crap. On November 8, 2011, the most over-hyped first-person action series of all-time returns with the copy and paste sequel to the lackluster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s official website can be found at: CallofDuty.com/MW3