“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” game director Glen Schofield admitted that the upcoming first-person shooter carries somewhat of a political agenda. “Advanced Warfare,” which is in development by Sledgehammer Games, will launch worldwide on Nov. 4 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.
Schofield shared a story with gaming site IGN that he claimed inspired Kevin Spacey’s character Jonathan Irons’ “democracy” speech in the original “Advanced Warfare” reveal trailer, which launched earlier this year.
In the trailer, Irons, who serves as the head of private military company Atlas, believes that people truly don’t want freedom or democracy.
“Democracy is not what these people need, it’s not even what they want,” Irons said. “People don’t want freedom. They want boundaries, rules.”
This speech was inspired by a real-life incident that really made Schofield think about what motivates people, especially in war.
“A friend of mine escaped from Iraq back in 2000, before the war,” he said. “His family escaped from Iraq, but three years prior his uncle was arrested and was going to be put to death. On Saddam Hussein’s birthday, however, Saddam let him go. They were escaping and they asked this uncle to come with them, and you know what he said? He said, ‘Why would I go? Yeah, he put me in jail and maybe it was a mistake, but I’ve got support, I’ve got my life, I’ve got it all. All I need is protection and food.’”
Fourteen years later, the incident inspired the first trailer for the game.
Schofield, who co-founded Sledgehammer Games in 2009, doesn’t want people to think of “Advanced Warfare” as just another mindless shooter.
"Hopefully we’ve said enough stuff to make you think," he added. "There’s definitely politics from today wrapped up in there. There’s ideologies in there, but I think one of the main things is even stuff like the Arab Spring.”
The Arab Spring was a series of protests, riots and demonstrations that took place in the Arab nation that began in 2010.
"So they escaped and he stayed, this guy that was previously going to be put to death,” Schofield said. “He didn't want to leave. So that incident really made me think.”
“Advanced Warfare” will be published by Square Enix and Activision. This will be the first “Call of Duty” title to not see a launch on a Nintendo platform since 2009’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”