Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the upcoming 2019 installment in the long-running shooter series, is starting to sound like a rather emotional experience. Apparently, people who’ve played the game early have had some eye-watering reactions. Literally.
“We’ve had multiple playtesters cry,” campaign gameplay director Jacob Minkoff said in an interview with PC Games N. Modern Warfare is aiming to be highly realistic, leaving out more fanciful elements of the franchise (such as Zombies mode, which officially isn’t included) in favor of gritty battles that could happen in real life. This added sense of groundedness could provide an explanation for these tear-jerking previews.
“I thought it was a joke when they told me,” art director Joel Emslie said, “and then I watched a video of it. It was a real human moment, and now I’m like, ‘I worked on a game that made someone cry.’” Certainly, talk of these reactions has made us all the more keen to get our hands on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The game will include some highly topical forms of warfare, including a nerve gas strike and a bombing in London. In the interview, Minkoff revealed that Activision and Infinity Ward have “worked with people from all around the world, consultants from different cultures and nations to ensure that we are accurately and respectfully representing these types of events. We’ve got two Middle Eastern consultants on staff who we run all of our scripts through, all of our Arabic, and we’ve got dialogue coaches on set when we do motion capture.”
“We’re not arrogant enough to think that we’re going to understand all of the nuances of how these types of events and subjects could affect people all around the world,” Minkoff added. “We’re not shying away from provocative subject matter, we’re not pulling our punches, but we’re making sure that we engage as many people as possible to make sure we do things right.”
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare release date is set for Oct. 25, with the game set to launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Just remember to stock up on tissues before you start playing…