Modern Warfare deals with politics but isn't trying to be political.
“The question ‘Is this a political game?’ doesn’t actually mean anything,” Jacob Minkoff, Campaign Gameplay Director, began. “Because what does the word ‘political’ mean to you?
“Do we touch on topics that bear a resemblance to the geopolitics of the world we live in today? Hell yeah, because that is the subject matter of Modern Warfare. Are we telling a story that has anything to do with the specific governments of any countries that we’re portraying? No. So if you’re asking is Trump in the video game? No, he isn’t.”
Studio Narrative Director Taylor Kurosaki said Infinity Ward wanted to focus on the concepts of good people doing bad things, or vice versa.
“These are the types of questions that have been asked for the last 50 years,” Kurosaki said. “We do talk about concepts like colonialism, occupation, independence and freedom. We don’t maybe say those words specifically, but that’s the realm we’re in. You could have a game set in revolutionary America talk about those exact same things.”
Ultimately, Minkoff said the studio’s goal was to help players understand why different factions fight one another “and to have empathy for all of them and what puts them in this situation.”
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare heads to Windows PC, Xbox one and PS4 on 25 October.