Infinity Ward Talks Riley in Call of Duty: Ghosts: “Everybody Thinks We’re Going to Kill the Dog”

October 23, 2013Written by Jason Dunning


We’re just two weeks away from the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, where we’ll finally be able to spend some real time with Riley, the dog they’ve added to the game, who has been featured quite prominently in the lead-up to release.

Almost exactly at the same time Riley was revealed by Infinity Ward, it was assumed that he would die at the end of the game, with Community Manager Tina Palacios saying earlier this year that “it’s a constant debate.”

In an article by the Associated Press (via GameSpot) recently, Executive Producer Mark Rubin was asked if there would be an “Old Yeller” moment:

Everybody thinks we’re going to kill the dog. Maybe that’s the expected thing we would do, so maybe it’s not what we’ll do? We’ll see. People around here didn’t know, and they had that same sentiment: ‘We better not kill the dog.’ The emotional investment for the dog here has been just as strong as what’s happening out in the public.

After Rubin revealed how the risk of “shoehorning” Riley into scenes only lasted for a few weeks, he added, “It’s great that Riley is so popular, but let’s focus on the game. Let’s have Riley make sense and not just put him in space or in a scuba suit.” So, don’t expect to do any deep sea diving with Riley.

Call of Duty: Ghosts released next month on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

On a scale of one – definitely, what do you think the odds are of Riley dying? Let us know in the comments below.