Shortly after Roman Barkov's death, Captain Price met with Kate Laswell at a teahouse to discuss the formation of a new task force, intended to tie up loose ends that would inevitably be created in the void left behind by Barkov. Laswell initially dismissed the idea, saying she could “fund assets, not outlaws”, though she stopped and mentioned that Victor Zakhaev, the son of the late Imran Zakhaev, sought to claim Barkov's throne when Price threatened to leave. Laswell added that he was a big fan of Hadir and that he would break him out of Russian custody, furthering Price's argument to give him want he wanted.
Relenting to Price's request, Laswell handed him the files of multiple candidates handpicked by Price on behalf of General Shepherd for his task force. Upon going over the files of Kyle "Gaz" Garrick, Johnny "Soap" MacTavish, and Simon "Ghost" Riley, Price explained to Laswell that the rest of his candidates were "need to know", unless he had a deal with her. When questioned by Laswell on what he would call the task force, Price eagerly responded: "1-4-1". Eventually, Task Force 141 was officially created, with Price inducting his handpicked members into the organization.
War in Verdansk
The Armistice initiative had been successful in containing the threats in Verdansk, taking out Al-Qatala key targets and dismantling most of their operations. However, Ghost discovered that Armistice operators had been targeting each other after clouds of deadly gas were released all over Verdansk. After escaping the gas attack, Ghost arrived at a classified location in Urzikstan occupied by Ultranationalists and is joined by Charly and Talon along with "Alex" who survived the explosion in Georgia.
With the situation in Verdansk slowly worsening, Price and Gaz joined the fight in Verdansk shortly after learning of Zakhaev's plan and the hidden bunkers across the city containing nuclear weapons.
Later on, Price discovered Zakhaev had been using the subway tunnels beneath the city to move around undetected alongside supplies, though the subway system itself had been deactivated. In a joint effort with Nikolai and Farah Karim, the two were able to reactivate the subway system throughout the city and continued their search for Zakhaev.
Sometime later, the team, which Farah and Nikolai were now members of, along with Marcus Griggs' Demon Dogs, assaulted the Bunker 10 missile silo to find Zakhaev, who was preparing to launch a dormant nuclear warhead. While this happened, Price managed to infiltrate the silo from another entry point and managed to shoot Zakhaev in the shoulder. As the launch began to commence, Zakhaev mockingly greeted Price, who responded by calling Zakhaev "a dead man." When Zakhaev exclaimed that he started a war and that killing him would achieve nothing, Price explained that he wasn't going to kill him directly, but rather "the fall will" before hoisting Zakhaev over a railing and pushing him over the side to his death.
With the help of Nikolai, Price managed to disarm the nuke launch just in time, averting the nuclear threat. Price, along with Nikolai, "Alex", Ghost, Kyle and Farah, regrouped atop to the Verdansk Dam to witness the continued fighting of the Armistice soldiers between one another. Soap then contacted Price to inform him of a developing situation half a click off the coast, and the team parachuted off of the dam together to meet up with him.
- John Price (founder and commander)
- Johnny "Soap" MacTavish
- Kyle "Gaz" Garrick
- Simon "Ghost" Riley
- "Alex" (support)
- Farah Karim (support)
- Nikolai (support)