In preparation for the launch of Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games has been talking at great length about the upcoming first-person shooter/video game blockbuster’s multiplayer component – detailing new perks and discussing how they intend to discourage campers, among other topics.
However, it’s strange to recall that much of the early teaser footage was actually from the game’s action-packed single player campaign, with multiplayer only recently revealed just prior to the Call of Duty XP event. That said, despite an early focus on single player gameplay, Sledgehammer has actually been somewhat mum about what gamers can expect from the solo-adventure. While details are still slim, we now know one more important piece of info – the Modern Warfare 3 campaign should be a bit longer than the 6-8 hour single player experience in Modern Warfare 2.
Speaking with CVG, CEO of Sledgehammer Games, Glen Schofield, asserts that in general Modern Warfare 3 will offer a lengthier single player experience than its predecessor – though, Schofield definitely concedes that it’ll depend on the player:
“The single player campaign is really hard to estimate… it definitely depends on the player. My feeling, and the feeling of most of us, is that it’s longer than Modern Warfare 2. We got a lot of huge moments in the game.”
Not exactly an incontrovertible statement, as no doubt plenty of Call of Duty gamers will shred there prior MW2 time-runs, on the highest difficulties, with plenty of seconds to spare; however, it’s good to see that Schofield and Co. are serious about delivering an action experience that’s at least on-par, if not better (and longer), than the prior installment in the series – especially given the fact they had to scrap their third-person CoD title to help with Modern Warfare 3.
But what is the team up to now – with only two months to go before the title is scheduled to hit retail? Of course, bug fixes:
“The single player game has been pretty much in the bag for a good month, two months, three months, depending on the level and we’ve really been polishing like crazy… we’re finishing up the movies, the in between movies, so that we’re making sure we really tell the story from front to back – so people will walk away and go, ‘not only was that a great, epic, cinematic experience but what a good story.'”
Call of Duty games aren’t really known for single player bugs – but they’re notorious for game-breaking multiplayer glitches, so it’s good to see that despite the annualization of the series, Activision has worked-in enough time for developers to do some serious polishing.
As an added bonus, Schofield also dished on his favorite action set-piece in the game – a collapsing building in Berlin. Check out the full interview, courtesy of CVG, below:
Modern Warfare 3 releases November 8, 2011 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.