Sledgehammer Addresses Controversial Moments in Modern Warfare 3

November 7, 2011Written by Alex Osborn

As one might expect, Modern Warfare 3 will be packed with its own share of controversial, shock-inducing moments akin to its predecessor’s infamous “No Russian” level.

While there are moments in Modern Warfare 3 that may push the boundaries of what is considered kosher in video games, Sledgehammer’s creative director Bret Robbins wants to make sure that gamers understand that they haven’t been included with the sole intention of stirring up controversy.

Speaking to VentureBeat, he explained:

We wanted to show, certainly in some particular cases, 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? Civilians are part of that, innocent people are part of it unfortunately.

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.

Does this make sense? Should the characters actually be here at this time? Does this fit the plot? You want it to be exciting, but you also want it to make sense. It can’t just be gratuitous, it can’t just be fantasy. It needs to be real missions, things that you think could possibly happen, given the extraordinary circumstances that you’re creating. So it’s always walking that fine line of believability and insanity and crazy action.

Well there you have it. Regardless of what has motivated the teams behind Modern Warfare 3 to include such controversial content, the reality is that war is ugly and the casualties of innocents are much a part of that.