Oh boy, this will probably ruffle a few feathers. When Game Informer directly asked Infinity Ward devs whether Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a political game, the initial response is: no. "I don't think it's a political game," says campaign gameplay director, Jacob Minkoff.
But that's not nearly the end of the answer. Minkoff argues that the question of whether something is political or not doesn't carry any water. "The question, 'is this a political game', doesn't actually mean anything, because... what does the word 'political' mean to you?"
However, that's not to say he thinks the game doesn't approach sensitive subjects, or topics that have political underpinnings. "Do we touch topics that bear a resemblance to the geopolitics of the world we live in today? Hell yeah, because that is the subject matter of Modern Warfare," he says. "Are we telling a story that has anything to do with the specific governments of any countries that we are portraying? No."
Studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki also chimes in: "We do talk about concepts like colonialism, occupation, independence, and freedom. We don't maybe say those words specifically, but that's the realm that we're in. But you could have a game that takes place in revolutionary America talk about those exact same concepts."
You can hear more about their thoughts in the above video. To summarise, Infinity Ward's new shooter presents a contemporary look at war through various perspectives, and that inherently delves into serious themes. However, the team isn't calling it a political game because it doesn't specifically pass commentary on modern, real world politics.
What's your take on all this? Do you think Infinity Ward's comments are valid? What do you consider a "political game" to be? Keep things friendly in the comments below.