Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s “Democracy” speech inspired by real world story

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 13 October 2014 03:52 GMT

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was partially inspired by a real world story from Iraq.


Advanced Warfare’s debut trailer is punctuated by a monologue delivered by Kevin Spacey, the main antagonist of Sledgehammer’s first Call of Duty game.

Speaking to IGN, Sledgehammer’s Glen Schofield said he hoped the trailer would make people think, and gave an example of a real world story with some echoes of Spacey’s character’s sentiments.

“A friend of mine escaped from Iraq back in 2000, before the war. His family escaped from Iraq, but three years prior his uncle was arrested and was going to be put to death,” Schofield said.

“On Saddam Hussein’s birthday, however, Saddam let him go. So they were escaping and they asked this uncle to come with them, and you know what he said? He said, ‘Why would I go? Yeah, he put me in jail and maybe it was a mistake, but I’ve got support, I’ve got my life, I’ve got it all. All I need is protection and food.’

“So they escaped and he stayed, this guy that was previously going to be put to death.”

If this piques your interest, please do go read Schofield’s comments in their full context through the link above; politics are tricky things at the best of times.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in November.

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