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Infinity Ward already changing Modern Warfare campaign because it’s so “disturbing”

Published: 12/Jun/2019 12:09 Updated: 12/Jun/2019 12:45

by David Purcell


Infinity Ward are already making changes to the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dialogue that was shown off at E3 2019, after deciding that it was too disturbing to be left in.

Infinity Ward used the annual E3 trade fair to give people a taste of what’s to come, with studio art director Joel Emslie and single-player design director Jacob Minkoff presenting some harrowing campaign footage at the event.

A handful of YouTubers and the press also saw some of this content early, but some of what they saw won’t make the final cut – so disturbing that it will be removed before release.

Infinity WardCall of Duty fans can’t wait to take a proper look at Modern Warfare’s gameplay.

A report from Kotaku already confirms that at least one of the lines of dialogue will be left on the cutting room floor, with the creative team still trying to work out just how much ‘discomfort’ they would like to include.

One of the missions, according to the article, states that a young Ursekstan (a fictional middle eastern country in the game) girl experiences the death of both her mother and father, before a Russian soldier considers handing her over to a commanding officer because he “likes the young ones.”

That line will not be included in the final version of Modern Warfare, but does give us an indication of the level of disturbing themes that could unfold during the story.

The project’s single-player design director has also indicated, per the report, that the interaction of colleagues during missions can change, reflective of your performance in the role of a solider. For example, taking the action to go rogue and shooting a civilian would have consequences in-game. 

“If you comport yourself in a way not befitting a soldier, the game will fail you,” Minkoff said. “We have a lot of heuristics running behind the scenes to try to determine: Are you a freaking psycho who’s just shooting everything? Fine. But if you’re really trying to do your job and you’re just like, ‘Oh God damn it, I made a mistake and I feel really bad about that,’ we want you to feel that. We want you to really sit with that.”

The next installment of the Modern Warfare franchise was revealed on May 30, and has quickly become one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, as fans look towards its October 25 launch.

With the game very much based on realistic emotions and experiences inside a fictional world, the choice really will be yours as to how you intend to approach a role on the modern day battlefield. 

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Modern Warfare glitch reveals unreleased Makarov pistol

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:35 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton


Infinity Ward adds weapons to Modern Warfare with each new season, though it appears even more have been in the works behind the scenes as a secret pistol was accidentally handed out due to a confusing glitch.

Problematic bugs have been on the rise once again throughout Modern Warfare’s sixth and final season. Warzone players have had their runs ended by broken Loadout Drops while others have literally been left in the dark as a result of a game-breaking issue. Despite these problems, every now and then, glitches can actually be a pleasant surprise.

This was the case on October 27 as a player shockingly stumbled upon a new weapon. While playing offline, they noticed something suspicious. One of the AI-controlled enemies was wielding a unique pistol.

After taking them down and picking up the gun, the Makarov was revealed in all its glory. Fit with custom animations, an unfinished model, but all the firepower you’d expect from the classic secondary.

The Makarov pistol first appeared in 2010’s Black Ops and soon featured in the game’s sequel before disappearing. It was usable across the campaign and multiplayer in the first game, though only appeared in the story for the follow-up.

Evidently, it’s an extremely rare weapon compared to some iconic guns in the Call of Duty franchise. Having only appeared in Treyarch releases, it’s a surprise to see the pistol up and running in Modern Warfare.

It appeared as a Renetti on the ground and the icon matched up as well. Though it’s very clear a good amount of work has been put into the gun. From unique reload and inspect animations to its own balancing, it may have been in the plans for a previous seasonal update.

Given the unfinished model of the weapon, however, there’s a good chance we don’t see it properly anytime soon. Infinity Ward could have been testing it months ago before scrapping the gun. Perhaps it’s simply in the game’s files as a placeholder. There’s really no telling at this point in time.

Black Ops 2 Makarov gameplay
The Makarov pistol has only been usable in Black Ops 1 and 2.

It popped up during an offline session against bots, so don’t expect to see this random bug in an online match either. It would be surprising to see the weapon appear in an Infinity Ward title for the first time after such a long gap, though anything is possible.

With Treyarch taking over Warzone with the transition to Black Ops Cold War, however, it would make more sense to see the Makarov in 2021.