Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Is Being Slammed For Its White Phosphorus Killstreak

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been subject to a few controversies since it was revealed earlier [...]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been subject to a few controversies since it was revealed earlier this year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC by Infinity Ward and Activision. And that should come as no surprise, after all the game's gritty, realistic take on modern warfare apparently makes the series' infamous "No Russians" level look like a Pixar movie. What also shouldn't come as a suprise is that the game and Infinity Ward are once back under some Internet artillery fire, this time for one of its newly revealed killstreaks, more specifically, its white phosphorous killstreak, which is an air strike that results in the battlefield being covered in white phosphorous gas that disorients the enemy and burns them if they get too close.

For those that missed it: yesterday Activision and Infinity Ward confirmed killstreaks are coming back for Modern Warfare, and even revealed the first three: Juggernaut, Infantry Assault Vehicle, and White Phosphorus. And as soon as the pair revealed these killstreaks, they came under fire.

To be fair to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, white phosphorus is still very much a weapon and strategy used by military forces around the world. And if you're going for a realistic take on modern warfare, then yeah, you'd include it. Further, the series has literally had killstreaks that allow you to drop nukes. So, it's odd to now draw the line in the sand. However, it does juxtapose the messaging around the game a bit. There's ways to use white phosphorus in the game responsibly, mostly via the campaign, but to make it an award for killing a certain amount of people was probably not the right decision.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be available later this year on October 25 via the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more news, media, and information on the upcoming shooter, click here.