Prepare to Feel Uncomfortable
Yesterday, Activision and Infinity Ward released the first trailer and pre-order options for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. They return to the series to strike some nerves with their fans. As we learned earlier, Infinity Ward aimed to put players as close to the consequences of war as possible. The trailer depicts numerous instances of civilians directly impacted by violence. There is even footage hinting at a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare child soldier scene. The trailer shows a young child wearing a gas mask or breathing apparatus. Infinity Ward narrative director Taylor Kurosaki spoke to Variety about it.
Infinity Ward showed off two Modern Warfare missions earlier this month which Kurosaki discussed. It is unclear if they were both featured in yesterday’s trailer. One of the missions involved an SAS member, likely Captain Price, navigating a London home while taking out armed terrorist suspects. Being in a residential space, the soldier and the assailants are not the only people around. Unarmed civilians, including a woman holding her child, are caught up in the conflict. Another mission is shows a young girl trying to survive a Russian terrorist attack. The player controls her as she fights for her life.
Kurosaki told Variety, “We showed you Farrah’s origin story, where her life was turned upside down, and we showed you that to express how we want to delve into the backstory of these characters to explain their perspective. We weren’t showing you those assets to show how provocative we can be. We were showing you those assets to show that modern war isn’t always pleasant, it’s serious business and it can be kind of messy.” Call of Duty: Modern Warfare comes out on October 25th.
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