During the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward explored the idea of having a Zombies mode.
After a long stream of mandatory Zombies modes in Call of Duty games, Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward decided to buck the trend and instead reintroduce Spec Ops as the game’s only co-op mode.
In the lead-up to Modern Warfare’s launch, campaign gameplay director Jacob Minkoff said the game’s realistic setting wouldn’t allow for Zombies to exist. But that hasn’t always been the case.
During the game’s development, the studio asked its artists to imagine how zombies could fit the gritty setting the game is set in. Recently, principal artist Aaron Beck got the go-ahead from Activision to show off some of that unused art.
As you can see, this would have been quite the departure from Infinite Warfare’s retro-movie-themed romp, which wasn’t particularly well received by Zombies fans.
“I was thinking it would be fun to play with the classic Call of Duty zombie gameplay, hinting here at some sort of Russian special forces soldier and his duo of quadruped robots, holding captive zombified soldiers by leashes around their necks,” Beck wrote in the Instagram post accompanying the image.
This year’s Call of Duty, said to be developed by Treyarch, will reportedly bring back Zombies.
Thanks, COD Tracker.