Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Campaign Inspired By Real-Life Covert Operations
It's no secret that Modern Warfare titles, especially the original Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, had a foot planted firmly in reality. Back in 2007, 9/11 was still a very real and painful memory for people around the world, and Operation Iraqi Freedom had been in full motion since 2003. Our TV screens were awash with daily updates from the Middle East and images of coalition forces in desert garb were the norm. That translated into COD4 feeling like one of the most realistic games of its age.
Flash forward to 2019, and the world has continued to evolve. So how, as a developer of a game about modern combat situations, to you recapture that sense of realism? That's something the team behind Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward, had to think about in their latest game.
The answer, it seems, lies somewhere between the lines. Clandestine operations and the battles we don't see that shape our world. Narrative Director Taylor Kurosaki told us in a recent interview at a COD event in London, that much of the game's campaign has been inspired by the real-life accounts of Navy SEALs:
"We get anecdotes from the SEALs all the time. Cutscenes and situations that we have in the game, are inspired by some of the stories they've told us. The narrative and entire theme of the game, at least from the Western perspective, was inspired by them. Mitch [Hall, ex-Navy SEAL and franchise advisor] said, 'What's the burden that a modern combat operator carries? The burden is being expected to operate perfectly, when the intelligence is imperfect. That's the burden. If we mess up, the whole world finds out about it.'"
When pushed to spill some details of specifics, Kurosaki gave a small glimpse into part of the game and the world of a special forces operator:
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"There's a cutscene in the game where Price has to get past a check point, a road block. Mitch told this story of [Navy SEALs] on a covert-op in Bosnia where it can't be known they're there, and they came across a check point. They were saying, 'what are we gonna do?' All the different permutations of how this could play out. We have a scene in the game that is very much that."
It's not just the situations in the game that are reflective of reality, though. Actor Barry Sloane (who plays the new iteration of Captain Price) recalls the cast having to undertake SEAL training to make sure their performances were as authentic as possible:
"We worked on gun technique and movement technique; moving around barricades, room clearance. A lot of the importance comes in how you hold the weapon in battle, how comfortable you are with it, how you place it on a table, how you pick it up and how you move with it. Where I was before [American TV Series Six] we did a 5-day hell week at a place called SEALFIT. We did surf torture and ice-cold water in the face at 3am asking you who the third president of the United States was. Obviously I didn't know, I was like 'argghhh I'm British'".
We also spoke to Sloane about how his version of Captain Price was almost a Liverpudlian, which you can read all about right here.
It seems that Infinity Ward are pushing hard for this to be the most immersive COD to date, and we'll know more for ourselves once Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on October 25th on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Featured Image Credit: Activision/Infinity Ward