Don’t expect the return of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s highly controversial 2009 game No Russian mission in the upcoming title of the same name.
The upcoming Modern Warfare 2 is the sequel to the successful 2019 reboot of the first Modern Warfare game. It may have the same name as the 2009 game with the infamous mission, but Infinity Ward confirmed with GamesBeat that nothing like that will be included in the reboot.
One of the key reveals from the interview is the announcement that there will be no missions comparable to No Russian, a level originally included in Modern Warfare 2’s original 2009 debut (and its 2020 remaster). Designed by Respawn Entertainment Co-Founder and Former Apex Legends Narrative Design Director Mohammed Alavi, the single-player campaign mission requires players to gain the trust of a Russian terrorist by taking part in a mass shooting at an airport in Moscow. The mission’s title comes from the clues given to the player’s character just before the mission begins: “Remember, no Russian.” This order is intended to remind members of the terrorist cell to maintain their anonymity by not speaking their native language while participating in the shooting.
“For me, we’re very conscious about what we put in it. If we feel like it serves the story, or it serves what we’re trying to do, we’ll put something in it, something that might be more edgy.” Infinity Ward game director Jack O’Hara explained in the interview when asked about the violent mission in the original game. “But if we don’t, then there’s no need to be unnecessary with that sort of thing. There’s always this part where we want people to think about the story. We don’t want them to just be on a ride, essentially At the moment, though, there’s nothing I’d say that matches no Russian, in terms of what we’re trying to do.”
No Russian is easily one of – if not the most – violent missions in the original Modern Warfare 2 and its remastered edition. But it’s worth noting that players can complete the mission without firing a single shot – players can just walk through the airport without firing their weapon, and wait for the carnage to end. There is also an option to skip the level completely, and players will not be fined for doing so.
Still, those who choose to join the mission will be exposed to a horrifying scene: innocent civilians running for their lives as shot victims crawl for cover – often being killed before they can get to safety. Long trails of blood are smeared across the floor as the screams of the injured echo through the airport terminal. Bodies lie in piles. It is undeniably difficult to watch, and difficult for some to play. A playtester – who had served in the military in real life – refused to play the level at all, and this is what prompted developers to add the penalty-free option to skip the mission. Still, many players criticized the mission’s intense, horrific violence, with some arguing that the remaster made the mission even more traumatizing.
Infinity Ward and Activision revealed a lot about Modern Warfare 2 this week, including what to expect from the campaign. The game will not feature a Zombies mode or much environmental destruction in multiplayer. It is slated to release for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on October 28. The PC version will be available on Steam, where it will cost $70.
Pre-orders are now live and provide early access to an upcoming open beta.
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