When it was revealed that the recently revealed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare took inspiration from the highly controversial Modern Warfare 2 No Russian level, it seemed clear that the game was going to showcase the gritty reality of war. But according to one YouTuber who previewed the forthcoming first-person shooter, it seems the title truly pushes the envelope and makes "No Russian look like a Pixar Film."
For those not familiar, No Russian is a level in Modern Warfare 2 where the player controls an undercover CIA agent and may participate in a mass shooting at a Moscow airport in order to earn the trust of a Russian terrorist group. It's so controversial that players can actually skip over the entire segment, but assuming what YouTuber Drift0r says is true, it's doubtful that the entirety of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare could be skipped.
According to Drift0r, the two mission segments he got to preview had a gratuitous amount of violence, but he's unsure if the entire game is like this, suggesting that spreading it out more would give the violence a bigger impact. These sections alone, though, make Drift0r believe the game could actually be rated AO instead of M and said some foreign countries would likely have issues purchasing the game. Considering this Modern Warfare has a mission featuring child soldiers, this isn't actually that hard to believe.
On the other hand, an AO rating would likely be a death knell for the game, as it would severely limit its commercial availability because PlayStation or Xbox probably wouldn't allow it on their platforms. It's likely that the game will receive an M if it's simply violence, as AO often implies a high level of sexuality or disturbing content as well. If Modern Warfare pushes that line though, it would give credence to Drift0r's Pixar remark.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare makes MW2's No Russian look like a Pixar Film. I'm deadly serious when I saw that I was shocked by the level of realistic violence. Will be surprised if the game gets rated M instead of AO. Good luck buying it in NZ, DE, or SEA countries. https://t.co/W1O0UAl1Ip— Drift0r (@Drift0r) May 30, 2019
We'll simply have to wait and see how much inspiration Call of Duty: Modern Warfare takes from No Russian, and the soonest we may get a glimpse is at the E3 coliseum event. It's set to be featured there, but whether it focuses on single-player or multiplayer remains to be seen.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will launch on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.