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Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer interview with Robert Bowling!

N7 July 15, 2011 User blog:N7

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Robert Bowling has told Kokatu about Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer.

He said that they are creating maps that include no more than five places from which enemy players can hide or shoot from. He added:

"It simplifies it so that the less skilled player has less to think about, what happens when you have more is that the professional guys are using that spot that is either difficult to get to. There's fewer places to hide, which discourages the more camper mentality that seemed to emerge in the map design of Modern Warfare 2."

The multiplayer maps will also alter the verticality of combat that was introduced in Modern Warfare 2, offering that type of tiered conflict more selectively. A reliance on air support, also emphasized in Modern Warfare 2, will also be reduced, switching to something that will feel, Bowling believes, a little more like Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Bowling then said:

"Modern Warfare style is, for me, all about the high-speed, fast-paced—and I'm talking in terms of smooth controls and 60-frames-per-second framerate—infantry-focused combat, and it's all focused on that gun-on-gun gameplay, especially in Modern Warfare 3. I feel like it's something we nailed with Call of Duty 4. We moved away from it a little bit with MW2, relying heavily on air support, killstreaks, perks and stuff like that. Modern Warfare 3, very much [is] building up from that Call of Duty 4 mentality of gun-on-gun, fast-paced infantry gameplay."

Bowling had a lot to say about the philosophy driving the developers too:

"There are core design philosophies in map design that stay the same and what that is is really analysing every aspect of how we want you to play out the map; how a team should play out a map; and how a lone wolf should play out the map. We're looking at things like: how many hot spots do you have when you're coming around the corner? How many angles and locations do you have to check that you need to worry about engaging an enemy from? It's allowing you to easily envision a map in your head as you're playing through it. So you're looking at, 'Ok, this map is going to be played in X amount of ways.'"
"How you play team deathmatch is all about your sightlines, your viewpoints—like I said, the hotspots. I'm coming around the corner, I don't want to have to worry about being shot from 50 different angles. I want to be able to know, 'OK, I cleared the top floor, I cleared the second floor, I cleared the base, I'm good in this area. OK, now I'm coming through this doorway, I have to watch this doorway, this alleyway and this spot.' And then, when you're playing objective, you need to be able to know the routes and break them down in your head as you play the areas. Like Search and Destroy... I know I've cleared this area. There's no way this guy can get there. And then going in an adding the fun secret stuff that people find three months into playing, like 'Did you know if you run up the tail of the plane in Afghan you can leap to the top of the mountain instead of circling around to the route that everyone is covering?'"
"Call of Duty 4 was much more simplistic in its map design: You have the sight points, you have the routes players will take. It was very flat in terms of where you could go. Modern Warfare 2 had a major focus on vertical combat, increasing the multi-floor levels, increasing the number of buildings you go into. There were a lot more places you could go than just the main routes and buildings where you were meant to go. That encourages and discourages a lot of types of gameplay. With Modern Warfare 3, it's much, much more on allowing you to focus on what's necessary; it's making vertical combat when it makes sense but it's not a blanket rule across every map. You will have some maps that focus on verticality and that are focused on multiple things. And then you have other maps that are very limited on the hotspots. The hotspots are a key thing on Modern Warfare 3. We went into each map wanting you to be able to turn a corner and know very easily that these are the three—no more than five—places I need to check."
"But for the hardcore guys who have been with us since the beginning, that speaks volumes: the map design, the return to focus on gun-on-gun, all that stuff."
"I like to always make sure the hardcore players know we're building it up for them."

So do you think that Modern Warfare 3s multiplayer because it'll be more like Call of Duty 4 or did you enjoy Modern Warfare 2s more "frantic" multiplayer? Let us know in the comments!

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