Modern Warfare II Will Focus On Character Over Shock Value

Infinity Ward, the developers behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, says the upcoming sequel will focus on “more three-dimensional” characters over shock value. According to a story from Play Magazine, (thanks to Gamesradar), the narrative director at Infinity Ward, Jeff Negus outlined their plans for the sequel to the 2019 Modern Warfare reboot. 

Instead of looking for ways to “shock the audience, we’re trying to find ways to pull in the audience and make them a part of the conflict between the characters emotionally,” Negus said. “Emotionally, what these characters are going through is much more interesting to us than shocking the audience.”

Head writer Brian Bloom later added that as a studio, they’d acknowledged “that the audience has grown and also evolved, and that what flew and what was accepted and what was loved is all absolutely valid.” 


He went on to say that they were presented with the “opportunity to take some characters that had a little bit more of a decidedly two-dimensional presentation at the time, and yet still became legendary, and add more of a spectrum, more dimensions to who they are.”

From the first official gameplay to the worldwide reveal trailer, at its heart, Modern Warfare II will still remain a Call of Duty through and through – but Negus adds that the studio intends to “subvert as much as we can. Take what people like about [earlier games], but also maybe change them around so that what you’re expecting might not be the same thing. Lean into who these people are and create something different.”

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II will launch across all major platforms, including the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC via and Steam. The next iteration of the shooter series will also be the last until 2024. For more on all things Call of Duty, stay tuned right here at GameLuster. 

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