Advanced Warfare’s game director has shared a powerful true story that helped shape the narrative of the upcoming shooter.
Speaking to IGN, Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield talked about how the experiences one of his friends went through led him to think about the socio-political nature of democracy, which was explored in Kevin Spacey's speech in the debut trailer. "Hopefully we’ve said enough stuff to make you think," Schofield began when asked about the game's crucial themes. "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...
"I’ll give you an example. A friend of mine – did you see the Democracy speech? People don’t want this and that, they want food, support, protection? - well, a friend of mine escaped from Iraq back in 2000, before the war. 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. Saddam did that: every year he let a few people go on his birthday. So 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.’
"So they escaped and he stayed, this guy that was previously going to be put to death. He didn't want to leave. So that incident really made me think.”
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