After Call of Duty Modern Warfare finally getting its recent trailer and release date, Infinity Ward’s Taylor Kurosaki shed more light on Modern Warfare’s story and what players can expect from it.
In an interview with Variety, Taylor Kurosaki, studio narrative director at Infinity Ward, told why the studio has decided for Modern Warfare to focus on sensitive topics such as child soldiers.
According to Kurosaki, Modern Warfare will be taking a different approach to war this time. Modern Warfare will also not shy away from touching on controversial topics especially the ones that are relevant to modern day politics. Kurosaki says:
You [the player] are inherently taking on these sensitive topics today more than any other time. The battle lines are not really clearly defined. The warzone is not over there, somewhere in some remote corner of the world, it’s all around us. A busy city center can become a combat zone in a blink of an eye.
Of course, what Kurosaki says makes perfect sense when you think about what is happening all around the world today. From mass shootings in schools to mosques. From threats of nuclear warfare from trigger happy countries to mass genocide… War is everywhere, and according to Kurosaki, Modern Warfare directly touches on subjects like those.
If we only talked about western soldiers fighting in far-flung lands or on domestic counter-terrorism in their homes that would also only tell you half the story,” said Kurosaki. “There is a whole group of people where the battle zones are their home and their cities.
Back in April, Infinity Ward showed parts of the game to NFL players and press. More specifically two missions from Call of Duty Modern Warfare were shown.
One of these missions involved Russian soldiers murdering unarmed civilians. The player takes control of a little girl called “Farrah” who combats these soldiers by stabbing and shooting them and eventually escaping.
Kurosaki talked about that mission by saying:
We showed you Farrah’s origin story, where her life was turned upside down, and we showed you that to express how we want to delve into the backstory of these characters to explain their perspective. We weren’t showing you those assets to show how provocative we can be. We were showing you those assets to show that modern war isn’t always pleasant, it’s serious business and it can be kind of messy.
Almost every day there is some sort of news related to terrorism or war. Whether it is gang wars, or school shootings, or countries threatening each other over misunderstandings, fear is everywhere. And oftentimes, news like these can be numbing. It can make people forget that these events are indeed taking place in the real world, beyond their screens.
This is something Kurosaki believes Call of Duty Modern Warfare will do a good job of touching on. According to him, Modern Warfare is meant to be empowering by showing the reality of destruction and war instead of glorifying it.
“That’s an outlet we give to our players,” he said.
“Film and TV get to talk about these concepts,” he said. “We’ve seen these concepts explored in ‘Lone Survivor,’ ‘American Sniper,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Hurt Locker,’ ‘Zero Dark 30.’ These films are talking about the vagaries of war. As an audience, you can have a level of empathy.
The difference with the video game version is that if you really want to empathize with a character and know what it’s like and be in their shoes, why not be in their boots? Experience first hand what modern warfare really means.”
From what Kurosaki has said, Modern Warfare’s take on sensitive topics like child soldiers and mass acts of terrorism sounds very interesting. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare trailer shows it.
Players can expect a much deeper, bolder, and darker from Call of Duty Modern Warfare’s story this time. Whether or not it works out is yet to be seen. But one thing is for sure, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will do something big this time.
Pre-orders for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is open now with a release date for October 28th, 2019.