During the reveal of Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One, Infinity Ward’s Mark Rubin says that this will be the most emotional Call of Duty yet. He says that players will cry especially during the scene where they kill off the dog.
“Call of Duty: Ghosts will not only innovate in the single-player and multiplayer modes,” begins Rubin, “it will also innovate with the story. Being the most emotional Call of Duty yet, we’re committed to making even the most seasoned, hardcore gamer cry when we introduce the scene where your dog makes a heroic sacrifice. Yes, your dog will not make it by the end of Ghosts.”
“Dogs have made humans cry throughout the ages whether it is Seymour from the TV show Futurama to the real life story of Hachiko the dog,” says Rubin, “When your dog dies in Call of Duty: Ghosts, he won’t come back. We showed this scene to many of our beta testers and they all cried profusely on their first viewing. By the fifth viewing, many of them ripped up their contracts and never came back. That’s how powerful this scene is.”
“Players have killed hundreds of people throughout the Call of Duty series, but no one ever sheds a tear for any of them,” continues Rubin, “It is not because we are so desensitized to humans dying and that we’ve lost our humanity, it’s because they weren’t as loyal as a dog. A dog is a man’s best friend. We plan to honor that saying in Call of Duty: Ghosts.”
Peter Molyneux commented on their tactic saying, “Why stop at one dog? In Fable IV, more than one dog will perish during your quest, each time being more emotional than the last.”