Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Won't Have Zombies, Infinity Ward Confirms

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Won't Have Zombies, Infinity Ward Confirms

This year's Call of Duty is aiming to be as real as possible. So no zombies.

Call of Duty has had tremendous success since it introduced zombies in Treyarch's Call of Duty: World at War. Since then, zombies have popped in various Call of Duty games developed by Treyarch as well as in Call of Duty: WW2 by Sledgehammer. Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare series don't usually add zombies and neither will this year's reboot.

Speaking with PlayStation Lifestyle, Infinity Ward's campaign gameplay director Jacob Minkoff confirmed that this year's Modern Warfare will not have zombies to keep it in-line with its more realistic tone.

"We don't have the flexibility to do something like put zombies in the game," Minkoff says. "That would compromise the feeling of playing in a world that feels realistic and authentic and relative to today's conflicts and things we face."

Minkoff clarified that he loves what Treyarch does, but notes that their games have a different tone. "Because they focus on more of the stylized, graphic novel, super-hero experience, they can have the much more 'out there' different types of gameplay in their games," like zombies.

This year's annual Call of Duty game is a reboot of Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare series. The focus is on real-world conflicts and there will be a female protagonist for the first time in the series, though she is a freedom fighter rather than a member of a western military apparatus.

We got a chance to see Modern Warfare early and came away conflicted with its approach to real-life military violence. Some parts were fascinating, while others were more rote. We also spoke with Infinity Ward about the differences in this year's Call of Duty, like how there's no season pass.

Check out our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare guide for more coverage, including trailers, everything we learned, and more.

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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