Infinity Ward has been open about how it wants Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to be an emotional experience for players. It will accomplish this partly through realistic portrayals of violence and war, as is evidenced by the extremely violent child soldier mission that will show a dying dog and dead kids. So far, it seems as though Infinity Ward's goal to make Call of Duty: Modern Warfare emotionally-charged is working, as it has reportedly made playtesters cry.
This is according to Jacob Minkoff, campaign director for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Speaking to PCGamesN, Minkoff said that "multiple" playtesters have cried while playing the game. Minkoff didn't specify exactly which scenes made the playtesters cry, so it's unclear if the campaign missions we already know about caused this emotional reaction or if something later in the game did instead.
So far, there are two Call of Duty: Modern Warfare campaign missions that we know about, and they both sound pretty brutal. Infinity Ward has demoed the second and third missions in the game to the press, with the second mission taking place in a townhome filled with a mix of terrorists and civilians. The goal of the mission is to determine who is a terrorist and who is a real civilian, with dire consequences if players make the wrong calls.
The other mission that has been detailed by Infinity Ward is the aforementioned child solder mission. The child soldier mission sounds like it will be particularly controversial for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, as it depicts a nine year old girl brutally stabbing and shooting people.
It sounds like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have no shortage of intense, shocking scenes, especially if it's driving its playtesters to tears. YouTuber Drift0r has even gone as far to say that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare makes No Russian look like a Pixar movie, so those with a weak stomach may want to think twice about playing through the campaign mode.
Infinity Ward's challenge will be to deliver these shocking scenes in a way that doesn't feel exploitative or cheap, but given the studio's track record, it seems like it should be able to pull it off. Fans will find out for certain once Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on October 25.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be available on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.