Modern Warfare 3's conflict in New York is more like a traditional war, says the developer, not a terrorist attack.
Robert Bowling, creative strategist for Infinity Ward, says that he isn't worried about people making comparisons between the attacks on New York that occur in the Modern Warfare 3, and real attacks on the city that took place on September 11th, 2001.
Bowling explained that the conflict depicted in the game was very different from any real world scenario, and that Modern Warfare 3's attack was a full-on invasion that had started in Modern Warfare 2. He said that in the game, the Russian forces had already taken Washington DC, and the attack was proceeding organically up the East Coast. He was confident that when people got to play the game, they would appreciate the difference between.
"The conflict that's raging in Modern Warfare 3 is very different from any real life scenario because this is a war," he said. "It's full-on military fighting through the streets, so I think that's going to be very clear once people play it and get hands-on and see what type of conflict this is."
Groups in the UK have already raised concerns about the attacks on London in the Modern Warfare 3 trailer, calling them a "chilling echo" of the terrorist bombings that took place in 2005. With this in mind, it's no wonder that Bowling is trying to downplay any similarities to 9/11. Hopefully, this will be sufficient to assuage the more sensationalist members of the media.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 comes out for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 8th.