Infinity Ward isn’t offering any details but says the oft-maligned Martyrdom perk from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will be “treated differently” in Modern Warfare 2.

If you’ve played Modern Warfare online then you’ve probably been caught by a live grenade tumbling out of a freshly-killed opponent at least once. That’s the Martyrdom perk at work, a sort of last-chance flip of the bird from players as they shuffle off their virtual mortal coil. Naturally, not everyone is a fan, particularly those who suffer unavoidable death as a reward for coming out on top of a close-in fight.

But things will be different in Modern Warfare 2, according to Lead Character Artist Joel Emslie, who told that Infinity Ward has heard the complaints. “We are very, very aware of the community and what they like and don’t like, and Martyrdom has caught our attention,” he said. “I’m happy with how the game is.”

While he couldn’t reveal any details, he did throw a bit of a bone to fans by confirming that the perk has in fact been changed. “It’s treated differently. And I will say this – it fits in perfectly,” he said.

He also dismissed claims that the addition of the Riot Shield, which takes up a primary weapon slot but makes the player “almost invulnerable” when used, will throw multiplayer games out of balance. “There’s always a counter-measure to everything in the game,” he said. “Every element that’s been added and is brand new to multiplayer has been painstakingly tested by us, our own worst critics. We’ve had shouting matches about changes, very passionate heated debates about what works and what doesn’t work.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is scheduled for release on November 10 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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