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Who'da Thunk It? It's Only Modern Warfare 2

GDC continues to out-E3 E3 with yet another incredi-announcment. This time it’s Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2. Note that’s not “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”, just “Modern Warfare 2.” Which is an odd choice. Is it fear of “Call of Duty 5/6” sounding too haggard and aged? Is it shame/annoyance at Treyarch’s entries in the COD lineage? Or is it because they want to save “COD 5” for a different theme, as 4 was to CODs 1/2/3?

Anyway, atmospheric but possibly controversial teaser trailer beneath the digi-hurdle.

Civilian massacre sure is an odd way to promote a videogame. This may just be a mood-setter, but if we were to sniff around for hints, we can identify that’s likely a continuation of the Russian terrorist cell storyline from COD4, there’s a possibility the series will take us to civilian-inhabited areas for the first time, and that there could be some high-tech sonic tracking technology. Or something. I don’t know much military lingo.

An immediate concern is that COD4 was curiously satirical about war and the glorification of the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, whereas this trailer goes straight for terrorism as drama/entertainment. It’s certainly brave, but it’ll be fascinating to see how the game itself treats this delicate subject.

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