Glen Schofield, general manager of Sledgehammer Games, has spoken of his belief that Modern Warfare 3 will be the most accessible game in the Call of Duty canon.
Schofield told CVG that he thinks the game's multiplayer innovations will make the title mroe approachable for those experiencing Call of Duty for the first time.
He said: "One of the things we did consciously was to use the levels in multiplayer and put them in Survival mode. That was to try and create this bridge so that people who do play single player, who are maybe a little intimidated by multiplayer, will sit down with a buddy and play co-op and go 'wow, that's cool. I'm really getting to know this level. I get the upgrade system now, I get it all.' And then they could jump into multiplayer."
When asked if Modern Warfare 3 was more accessible than its predecessor's Schofield replied: "Absolutely. Then if you think about adding Call of Duty Elite to it, if you want to jump into multiplayer after you learn Spec-Ops and just use your friends list to play, then you're given a higher level of comfort.
"It's one of the things we've been hearing: 'I don't want to jump into a game with a bunch of teenagers and get trash talked all the time. I want to actually have fun and get in there.' And a lot of people like that type of gameplay, but we're trying to make it so you can customise it for yourself."
Modern Warfare 3 is released on XBox 360, PS3 and PC on November 8.
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