On Monday, May 23, we were invited down to Activision’s pre-E3 event in north London to check out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. When we first received the invitation, the massive leak that would dominate headlines over the next week hadn’t yet occurred, so we really didn’t know what to expect. Any feelings of anticipation to find out about the next Call of Duty game were slightly crushed by the leak. What more could we see? We’d had a comprehensive list of weapons, screenshots and box art. You name it, and it was there in the leak! However, we were wrong. The next 30 minutes or so would go on to shape the discussion in the God is a Geek ranks for the following hours and days.
We were taken into the presentation area, which was lit with the electric green colour that is instantly identifiable with a Modern Warfare title. After being shown a short montage giving a very brief summary of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare story so far, the green lighting lifted, and much to everyone’s surprise, none other than Infinity Ward’s creative strategist, Robert Bowling, was introduced onto the stage. He was not alone, however, and Bowling was accompanied by Glen Schofield, General Manager and co-founder of Sledgehammer Games. Schofield has previously been the GM of Visceral Games, the outfit behind Dead Space, and the fact that those two guys were present made it obvious that the leaked material wasn’t about to be discussed. This was going to be a detailed gameplay reveal.