It might not be the first word that springs to mind when describing the Golden-Gate-trashing interactive blockbuster, but Call of Duty’s creators have been pleading realism for years.
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Call of Duty: Ghosts’ lightning rods from space were, Activision suggested, less science fiction than prescience. Sledgehammer worked with a Pentagon adviser for Advanced Warfare, and claimed that the world loves Call of Duty because it’s “believable and relatable”.
All of that seems to have culminated in a difficulty setting to match. An early look at Black Ops 3’s achievements reveals that there are three increased challenge levels in the cyberpunk sequel - Hardened, Veteran and Realistic.
The difficulty setting will, presumably, lean towards the Arma end of the spectrum for munitions simulation. Or maybe it’ll find the protagonist laid low by PTSD within a couple of missions. One or the other.
Of course, while CoD might be marketed as true-to-life military simulator, there is some awareness at the top that it’s a “cinematic movie experience”.
“We do get to work with a lot of military guys in general, and that’s been a phenomenal experience over the years,” said Infinity Ward exec producer Mark Rubin a couple of years ago. “There’s an enormous amount of appreciation for what they do, and in no way do we feel we are a representation of what their lives are like.”