With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward is attempting to rein in the explosive action many have come to expect from the franchise, and instead provide a more realistic, hard-hitting campaign. In a new interview with PCGamesN, the developer talks about its desire to create an emotionally charged shooter that highlights the horrors of, well, modern warfare.
Interestingly, the way the new game deals with collateral damage has had a pretty big change. In previous titles, accidentally killing civilians would be treated as a failure, and you'd restart at the last checkpoint. In the upcoming game, if you shoot someone who isn't posing a threat, the mission will continue, but the other characters in the game will react to what you've done. Also, at the end of a mission, you'll be evaluated on your collateral damage, given a rank from A to F. It sounds like there will be incentives to keep your trigger finger in check, too.
"Obviously, we’re trying to make things much more realistic, much more visceral this time, so that if you kill a single civilian you feel bad, because you might see a woman go for a gun but instead she’s going to grab her baby," says campaign gameplay director, Jacob Minkoff. "We want you to feel bad, and the characters around you will respond and react to what you did, too".
If it wasn't already clear, it sounds like this game is going to be pretty intense. Are you looking forward to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? Watch your friendly fire in the comments below.