IW dropped Modern Warfare 2 Campaign co-op as it “ruined the experience”

Thursday, 15th October 2009 16:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Infinity Ward’s Rob Bowling’s revealed to VG247 that Modern Warfare 2 was initially supposed to have full co-op in the its main Campaign, but was dropped as it “ruined the experience” the developer was aiming for.

The final game instead has Spec Ops mode – a dedicated, mission-based co-op section playable either online or locally in split-screen.

“We did it early on; that’s what Spec Ops started out as, as co-op through story,” said Bowling when asked why Campaign co-op didn’t make the final game.

“But it really broke the cinematic experience, took the immersion out of it, out of the story and the pacing and everything we’d spent so long crafting. It just ruined the experience we were aiming for, so we took it out, kept the single-player for that one player intact and polished it.”

Spec Ops was born from the good parts of the ditched co-op mode, Bowling said.

“But then there were moments that were really fun with two players, so we took those moments and put them in Spec Ops,” he added.

“So you can play moments directly taken from the single-player, in Spec Ops, but it’s polished towards those two players so the experience is pure. You really get the best of both worlds: you get the moments that were fun, but the moments that were shitty we took out.”

We just played a Brazilian Spec Ops level with Rob at a London hotel: it’s awesome. We’ll knock up some impressions tomorrow.

Modern Warfare 2 ships on November 10.



  1. Gekidami

    Its true actually, you cant do anything other then have the players run and shoot with coop. All the interactivity with the games world is nearly impossible.
    I was dead against it when it was taken out of R2 but after having played games with static, stale characters like ODST i think separate coop campaigns is the best choice.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Mike

    Shame. I love campaign co-op.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. tont

    But it really broke the cinematic experience
    really broke the cinematic experience
    broke the cinematic experience
    cinematic experience
    cinematic experience
    cinematic experience
    cinematic experience
    cinematic experience

    I *hate* cinematic experiences. They are the cancer of gaming.

    I want game experiences. Like co-op.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Detale

    And you’ve got them, in Spec-Ops mode.

    Not a big co-op player, so not really bothered. And the Spec Ops mode sounds great anyway.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    Co-op campaign works with some games – but not all. It’s good to see the dedicated co-op added instead.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. The Hindle

    What’s this game then? First I’ve heard of it. Possible competition for Medal of Honour?

    arf arf arf.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. DarkElfa

    This just in: MW2 kicks players in the nuts to simulate the pain of real warfare.

    #7 5 years ago

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