For triple-A, first-person shooter titles like Call of Duty and Battlefield, gunplay is one of the most important aspects of design. This is especially true if developers plan to include real guns, where a great deal of research is required to achieve a realistic portrayal. Certainly, this is something that Infinity Ward is taking very seriously when it comes to the next Call of Duty. According to the game’s animation director, players should expect the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare guns to be particularly realistic; perhaps more so than the guns of any past Call of Duty title.
Fans Should Expect Realism From the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Guns
Infinity Ward’s animation director Mark Grigsby was recently interviewed in an Activision blog post where he discussed various aspects of game design. This included the reveal that Modern Warfare will feature ADS reload, a brand-new gunplay mechanic. This will allow players to reload while still aiming down a firearm’s sights.
Speaking on the subject of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare guns, Grigsby writes; “We used a lot of references with our Navy SEALs advisors; how would they actually reload these weapons? […] We also sent the team out to firing ranges to shoot these weapons so they could actually get the feeling and the power of them. The first time I shot any of these weapons was on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I’m a good animator, but I didn’t think that the power and visceral nature came through until I shot. We educated all the animators this time around and I actually think it comes through really well.”
Grigsby also promised that scopes would be portrayed much more realistically in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This means that scopes will actually provide a small amount of magnification even when firing from the hip, for example. Overall, it certainly sounds like Infinity Ward is hoping to set a new bar for firearm realism in their upcoming game. Fortunately, the studio has said that they will be showing gameplay relatively soon. As such, players shouldn’t have to wait too long before they get to see for themselves.