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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a tense and daring reboot of the beloved series of shots

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a tense and daring reboot of the beloved series of shots
After Black Ops, a bit extravagant, 4 - featuring a time-themed zombie mode and a Fortnite-style battle - Call of Duty is making its next release. Today, the developer Infinity Ward officially announced Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a reboot of the long-running subseries with an intense focus on harsh realism.

, Unlike BO4, the new Modern Warfare will have a single-player campaign and is the main focus of today's revelation. As you can guess from the name, it is not a direct sequel to Modern Warfare 3 of 2011, but a smooth restart that starts a new story with some returning family characters. The campaign will be divided into two halves: in one, you will play as a Level 1 operator, a special forces soldier, and in the second part, you will assume the role of a rebel fighter in the Middle East.

One of the objectives of the game and its plot of double perspective is used specifically to describe different points of view of the conflict. "We're a story about modern warfare in the real world," says Jacob Minkoff, director of Modern Warfare player design. "If we bleach it, if we go back, we show a world where the heroes fight against the terrorists and win, you never see the impact on the average person, the collateral damage or the morally gray situations that the soldiers face."

The change seems to point to recovering some of the strength and, at times, the controversial appeal of the original Modern Warfare franchise, which mixed the theater of action movies with more politically conscious arguments. Beginning with 2007 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the series established itself as a willingness to take risks, such as the disturbing "Non-Russian" terrorism scene in Modern Warfare 2 that urged players to participate in a massacre of civilians at the airport, or several cases In which players were put in the shoes of nuclear weapons deployed in real time.

Call of Duty lost its ability to impact and impress with its single-player campaigns as the years passed and the series jumped into the future and borrowed more elements of science fiction. The Scattershot approach finally eliminated its narrative mode, with Black Ops 4, Activision and the developer Treyarch decided to eliminate it completely. But the reboot of Modern Warfare is an effort to re-establish Call of Duty as a vehicle to tell solid stories.

Part of the change to a more contemporary story, Modern Warfare was built with a new engine designed specifically and presents a level of detail frankly absurd. The game makes extensive use of photogrammetry, in particular, a technology that allows artists to scan real-world objects to create virtual approaches. In Modern Warfare, this means that almost everything you see in the game looks real, from weapons to brick walls: the Infinity Ward team also examined a full tank in the game.

This combination of contemporary storytelling and incredible realism can make some experiences truly tense and uncomfortable. Last week, at Infinity Ward, I was able to experience two scenes of the game in a hands-free demo, and both were anguished. In the first, after a terrorist attack on Piccadilly Circus, a group of soldiers ran through the attackers to a small house in central London. What followed was a methodical murder. Well-armed soldiers move through every room and floor, firing at normal-looking people in rooms and kitchens. At the end of the scene, the soldiers are looking for evidence on an upper floor, and you can listen to a baby inside the house.

The second scenario was a flashback, which shows the early life of one of the rebellious characters. The set, 20 years ago, takes place in a seemingly small town in the Middle East in the midst of a military attack, while the character controls a girl who follows her older brother in search of safety. Mainly you hide, hiding from soldiers with small hidden spaces, but you can not help. At one point, the brothers work together to kill a certain soldier and it is an absolutely brutal experience, since they use improvised weapons, including a screwdriver, to shoot down their attacker. It is prolonged and exhausting; I was not even playing

Of course, the whole game is not going to like this: the developers of Infinity Ward say that there will be many more traditional shooting scenarios, in addition to the typical variety of multiplayer modes. But according to Minkoff, this type of darkest and most disturbing moments are essential to portray modern conflict.