Last week, we now revealed our September 2019 cover story as Infinity Ward’s reimagining of its flagship subseries: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. While we’ll have exclusive interviews and impressions through the month, we desired to lead with all the main detail: It is possible to equip your character with an electronic pet that’s known as a Tamagunchi.
This oddball idea was created from art manager Joel Emslie’s passion for watches. “We put in a wristwatch pretty early on; one of our coders got very excited about it over a weekend synced up a dev kit to possess the true time on the lookout, so it really tells the actual time from your kit,” multiplayer design director Geoff Smith says.
As soon as they saw a working wristwatch (shown above) was potential, they started brainstorming what else was possible. They started with things like stat tracking and performance you may find in a contemporary smartwatch or physical fitness tracker. “Then just kind of kept growing into more and more madness.” Smith says.
Eventually, the team chose to employ a digital pet, motivated by the Tamagotchi craze of the’90s, which you may decide to equip to a character in multiplayer as well as the co-op Spec Ops style. Consider this Tamagunchi as a pet you want to feed and care for, but in lieu of food, you cultivate it with kills. Go on a wild killstreak? It’ll get mad and demand you perform better.
“This tiny thing in your wrist, each single time you receive a string of kills, it moves,’Ya-ta!’ And it makes a little noise, then you examine it, and it evolved from an egg,” Emslie states. “Tamagunchis are fed by the player’s performance in multiplayer. It’s just this little active wristwatch thing”
The Tamagunchi evolves from an egg and reacts to your performance. It doesn’t poop (yet), but it will have to be cared for, or it’ll confront a grim fate. “If you do not look after your own Tamagunchi, it will rot and perish,” Emslie says.
Obviously, if you do not wish to equip a Tamagunchi to your character, you don’t need to