Adding New Animations to Modern Warfare to Keep Players in the Action

My Immersion Has Never Been Stronger!

Since the first announcements of this years Call of Duty, Infinity Ward has been all about making the player feel as close to the action as possible. Whether that’s through the consequences of their actions, the realism of their circumstances, or the immersion in stressful situations, Infinity Ward is aiming right for the feels. This new feature to Call of Duty probably won’t make you weep, but it may just make you appreciate the detail a little bit more. Reloading in past Call of Duty games was usually just the time where you hope someone doesn’t see and shoot you. The attention to detail in the new animations in Modern Warfare worth taking the time to watch.

Modern Warfare Screenshots

According to a blog from Activision, they have been working on the idle and reload animations for this years Call of Duty. Past titles have had idle animations be described as “you were on the deck of a ship, swaying back and forth,” which is not the level of realism they are aiming for. They also reworked how the players’ gun behaves when looking around. “[W]e added a bit of movement on the weapon to make it look like it’s not bolted to the camera. When you look around, we wanted to do a little bit of leading with the head, and then the gun travels behind. Our previous Call of Duty games had a bit of that, but we’ve actually deep-dived into it this time around.”

Not only that, but the timing of when the player reload affects the way it looks. For instance, reloading after emptying a magazine looks different than reloading after firing off just a few rounds.“In the past, we would never physically show that transition of one mag to another, but this time around, everything’s physical, so if you have an extended mag, like a drum perhaps, or a long magazine, all of the movements within every reload are visceral, strong, aggressive, it gives another feeling of power and representing the Tier 1 operators that utilize these machines.”

You can also reload when you are aiming down sights. [Heavenly choir sounds] “In the past, if you’re ADS, and you’re shooting and you reload, the weapon would go off to the side, and you’d have to retrain to get to your target. This time if you reload, it stays on the target, so you can stay in the battle.” Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be out on October 25th on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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Source: Activision