Modern Warfare 3 not trying to be “gratuitous” with controversies

Sunday, 6th November 2011 22:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games didn’t set out to be shocking and controversial with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

“What you don’t do is say, we’re just doing this to top ourselves,” Bret Robbins, creative director at Sledgehammer Games, told VentureBeat. “It needs to be something that’s authentic, that actually moves the plot forward.

“We have some moments in the game that I think are pretty shocking, that push the envelope a little bit. But like I said before, it’s not a matter of trying to be gratuitous about it, doing shocks for shock value.

“You always want to push yourself and see if you can push the limits of the medium, and storytelling. We’ve got such a big audience for this game that we want to deliver something that’s memorable. Experiences that people are going to be talking about the next day after they played it, talking about with their friends. It’s really a matter of creating something unique.”

Asked about Call of Duty’s controversial moments, including the infamous No Russian mission in Modern Warfare 2, Robbins said it’s a side effect of the story the games tell.

“We wanted to show the effect of war. What happens if a modern American city gets attacked? What would that be like, what would you see? If you were walking down the street, what would happen?” he said.

“Civilians are part of that, innocent people are part of it unfortunately.”

The creative director stressed that the series is careful to avoid pushing buttons just for kicks.

“How do you go about blowing up the world…? You just come up with scenes and moments that would make sense within the story. So you don’t do it just for the sake of blowing everything up, just for the fun of it,” he opined.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 releases on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 8.



  1. Yoshi

    *yawn*… hey look I’m trolling like others :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    @1 Damn, beat me to it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Hell-Raiser-85

    Whens the reviews out?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. tmac2011

    2 trolls with nothing else better to do, i thought you guys always just played battlefield 3? getting boring already?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @4 Yeah, you see, that’s the thing. I play more than one game.

    And it’s not trolling. Trolling is the DELIBERATE intent of saying something to get a reaction out of people. I’m just expressing the feeling of boredom I get from this game and the news related to it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Yoshi

    @4 Are you serious? XD

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    I looked at the release date and was shocked to see that this is out tomorrow… Then noticed that it had just gone mid-night, so yeah. But its still tomorrow.

    So when does the review embargo end? Seem they’re cutting it fine.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. JRNO

    @7 I’m pretty sure the reviews start rolling in on Monday.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OrbitMonkey

    @IrelandMichael, Oh dear your bullshit doth flow. Do you not read what you type man? Your slowley becoming what you profess to hate! Tut fucking Tut.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Ireland Michael

    @9 Feel free to point out *how*, instead of simply making claims that you’re not backing up with any examples.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    No IrelandMichael, no. If you want to continuously type *yawn* on CoD articles, or go back and edit past comments, feel free. But please man surely your better than that eh?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @11 It would help if I had absolutely any idea what you were talking about.

    But since you’re not actually willing to explain… *yawn*

    #12 3 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    @Ireland. Er i just did. You edit your old comments and (for example) type *Yawn* on CoD articles….

    Which is odd. If your so bored of CoD i figured you’d IGNORE the stories and if you had the COURAGE of your convictions, you’d let old comments stand…

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @13 I only edit old comments if feel I can improve on how I wrote them, or to add additional points. So I still don’t understand what exactly your complaint is.

    Someone doesn’t have to like something to comment on it. The world would be a really fucking boring place if we all agreed and liked the same things.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    Yes Ireland it would. On that we can agree. And i have no complaint. I’m merely pointing out, that you are like a dog with a bone when it comes to CoD.

    You need to move on… Or stay under that particular bridge, your call (of duty?)


    #15 3 years ago
  16. Ireland Michael

    @15 Your puns are really bad tonight.

    Really bad.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey


    My puns are bad EVERYNIGHT!!!


    #17 3 years ago

    Ignore the drama queen, OM.

    It’s more funny watching him go into a rage when he doesn’t get any attention.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. ninjanutta

    You will all be bored,or most of you when you play Mw3,i cant even get through the campaign,its very boring.
    Im a fan of the cod series but this one is the worst yet.Thats why i think the review embargo is so close to release,they know it s not going to be good.The multiplayer has some nice extra touches but campaign wise im really finding it hard to get through.
    Its just a not brilliantly re skinned Mw2,Blackops is way better imo.
    Say what you want..Its just not a great game

    #19 3 years ago
  20. OrbitMonkey

    @ninjanutta. You been able to play online? MP?

    TBH i don’t really care about the SP, it jumped the shark with MW2 imo :/

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Ireland Michael

    @118 You’re the only human being I’ve ever met who consideres a completely calm and relaxed disposition “a rage”.

    “…when he doesn’t get any attention.”

    They’re the ones replying to me first.

    Dumbass. *rolls eyes*

    #21 3 years ago

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