Modern Warfare has been making headlines as of recently with a bevy of gameplay changes to the core formula that has been shocking fans. Infinity Ward is trying their best to capture the nostalgic feeling of the older Call of Duty games, while also encouraging newer types of play styles, including cooperation.
Multiplayer Map Design Director Jeffrey Smith sat down with Prima Games to talk about the work that went into this year’s multiplayer. During their discussion, Smith talked about the decision to drop a potential mechanic in the game known as the “Buddy Boost”.
The Modern Warfare Buddy Boost was a cooperative mechanic that would allow players to lift up another player on certain points of the map. The boosted player would then lift up the player that boosted them up. Unfortunately, this mechanic was cut as
“[The Buddy Boost] was badass if it worked, but it’s really hard to get some random person to cooperate with you”
Smith continues to talk about how if nobody interacted with your character, your character would just stand there with their backs to the wall. The feature was also cut because it’d leave the “squatter” vulnerable to enemy fire. As cool as a feature this could’ve been, it’s pretty certain that a lot of players would be standing waiting for a boost.
This feature, while not fit for multiplayer, could’ve been an awesome ability to have in co-op or the campaign portions of Modern Warfare. However, it’s understandable as to why the aspect never came into fruition.
Rather than just a concept, it appears as though this addition may have been in the works for quite a while, with Infinity Ward only recently pulling the plug.
What do you think about this cut feature? Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be out October 25th, 2019 with the beta commencing September 12th, 2019.