Call of Duty Modern Warfare Set to Feature Branching Dialogue Disturbing Moments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Set to Feature Branching Dialogue, Disturbing Moments

Richard Walker

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to 'reimagine' the 2007 original entry in Infinity Ward's game-changing Modern Warfare series, and it appears that its reimagining will be looking to go above and beyond what you might expect. Apparently, this will include branching dialogue dictated by your choices, as well as its fair share of disturbing moments likely to court controversy.

According to Campaign Gameplay Director Jacob Minkoff, Modern Warfare will deal with the fallout of what happens when you're pushed so far that you end up crossing a line, which can sometimes involve navigating certain morally grey areas. One such (not so grey) example cited is whether your character should follow orders when handing over a little girl captured from the fictional nation of Ursekstan to a commanding officer who "likes the young ones".

"The story itself is linear, but in the context of the mission, if you go up to the line but you don’t cross it, what you will end up with is characters saying things like, 'Dude, what did you just do? God damn it. I hope nobody hears about this'," Minkoff explained in an interview with Kotaku.

As the branching dialogue changes, the game will adapt the performances of supporting characters too, as they respond to your choices, according to Minkoff. "If you are taking an action that is over the line but understandable, your dialogue with your allies will branch. In some cases, their performances will branch, and they will call you out on it, and there will be other animated captured performances."

The idea is that Modern Warfare will track the way you play, as you face decisions designed to portray how tough it can be for a soldier out in the field, faced with making hair-trigger calls one second to the next. "If you comport yourself in a way not befitting a soldier, the game will fail you," Minkoff warned. "But if you're doing your job? We have a lot of heuristics running behind the scenes to try to determine: Are you a freaking psycho who’s just shooting everything?"

Should you happen to make a mistake, Minkoff says that he wants players to "feel really bad" about it. "We want you to really sit with that," he said, adding: "Part of the reality of war is that there are people who face unpleasant events, and there is a portion - I’m really trying to work around spoilers - but what we don’t want to shy away from is the realities that some people face in war."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on 25th October 2019.

  • Really surprised at the lack of stuff from them at E3, usually we get loads of gameplay and info on the game. Last one I got was the MWR, only really liked the MW games so hoping they do some good. As for going more realistic, hope they go back to no infinite respawn. I don't want to clear an area out, go to collect some ammo and boom, the entire area is filled again
  • Glad this game won’t have future wall jumping or zombies or battle royal. Looking forward to this campaign and MP
  • The hype train is gaining momentum for sure with this one.
  • Considering Activision published this I am suprised that there is a campaign.
  • I just want to see some Spec Ops Survival and Kill Confirmed. I want more info so I know if this is the second coming of the Modern Warfare Trilogy or a COD:WWII style tribute to an older game in the series.
  • Hmm this almost kinda feels like trying their hand at what Spec Ops The Line did with making you feel like you where actually in a warzone facing real consequences for your actions. Now while this idea is interesting its still COD which means it won't be as deep or nuanced as Spec Ops and this game will be more about balls-to-the-walz action anyway but we will see how it turns out.
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