The Making of Modern Warfare's 'All Ghillied Up', Told by Ex-Infinity Ward Developers

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  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • I spoke with three ex-Infinity Ward developers to discuss their work on Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s signature level; All Ghillied Up.

    We spoke at length with the Respawn Entertainment devs about the level’s stressful and unconventional scripting and programming, key inspirations and immediate influence on the video game industry.

    The developers also wanted to acknowledge that designer Preston Glenn handled the geo for the level, and also had a significant role in All Ghillied Up's creation.
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Comments • 980

  • Game Brain
    Game Brain   3 weeks back

    Thanks to everyone who's taken a look at the video! Let me know if you think scripted sequences make games better and which games you want me to investigate in future videos?

    • Gaming Youtuber Noonan010
      Gaming Youtuber Noonan010  3 days back

      @Alfonso Colmenares All Ghillied Up had to be my favorite mission in all of the original Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare.

    • Ashley Blackwater
      Ashley Blackwater  3 weeks back

      Used well they can really make somthign feel great, but overused or done poorly they can really make the game feel to on rails

    • eth1134
      eth1134  3 weeks back

      been following you from the start, grats on a really successful video, youre up there with noclip and bunnyhop

    • Alfonso Colmenares
      Alfonso Colmenares  3 weeks back

      Game Brain I think the cinematic experience of fortnite is outstanding. Absolutely amazing place, spotless, and beds were made daily. Free breakfast was great as well. Would definitely recommend.

  • N F
    N F  20 hours back

    This was excellent! Thank you for making this video!

    • ruan
      ruan  20 hours back

      This video was put together amazingly. Very interesting.

      • Nic Rymer
        Nic Rymer  3 days back

        17:11 is that an R-99 on his wall?

        • HeHoZy
          HeHoZy  4 days back

          I remember being like 10 years old, coming home from school, and sitting on the floor in front of the TV alone in the apartment playing the CoD4 campaign. Whenever I got to the "All Ghillied Up" mission, my hands would start sweating, and my eyes were glued to the screen. It was so intense to hear the music and sneak through the grass. I would sigh with relief whenever the chopper would pick up Price and McMillan at the end. I'm 19 now, and still play the campaign through every now and then. This mission still creeps me out a little bit. The fact that a video game can make me feel so many things while playing it, is a sign that developing it was a labour of love.

          • ENiG 々Slayer
            ENiG 々Slayer  5 days back

            Honestly, I knew about Chernobyl only after 'All Ghilled Up' 😁

            • Mide Fatanmi
              Mide Fatanmi  6 days back

              Titanfall 3 when, Respawn?!

              • Chaingunner72
                Chaingunner72  6 days back

                Best. Mission. Ever...

                • Metal Pizza Dude
                  Metal Pizza Dude  6 days back

                  *Best CoD mission ever.*

                  • G6 Liara
                    G6 Liara  6 days back

                    "I was just a leftenant back then, doing some wet-work. It was the first time that the government has ordered an assassination on someone since the second world war. I was under the command of Captain MacMillan"
                    By far my favorite level in any Call of Duty game

                    • No Namer No Brainer
                      No Namer No Brainer  1 weeks back

                      "The Making of Modern Warfare's 'All Ghillied Up'"
                      -starts by talking about a bunch of unrelated filler shit

                      • Game Brain
                        Game Brain   5 days back

                        I spent valuable time framing the context of why All Ghillied Up was important, using the words of the people who actually made it.

                    • Jim Thompson
                      Jim Thompson  2 weeks back

                      Topic starts at 5:53 ...
                      5:52 and back is history of different games and MW infancy. Imo word vomit

                      • Braden Spendlove
                        Braden Spendlove  2 weeks back

                        my immediate thought to do scripted scenes make better games was no, but thinking back on mw, mw2, and titanfall 2 i have to switch to yes. apparently if they are made by ex mw devs they are awesome.

                        • Ez
                          Ez  2 weeks back

                          I thought it used to be called Guillies in the Mist?

                          • Bananas and Bass
                            Bananas and Bass  2 weeks back

                            Now I get why the 2 best campaign games I've played were COD MW and Titanfall 2.... lol same guys

                            • Why is the FBI here
                              Why is the FBI here  2 weeks back

                              MW2, MoH AA, and Titanfall 2 are my three favorite games. I’m just now realizing that they were all made by the same people.

                              • ShySpaceWolf
                                ShySpaceWolf  2 weeks back

                                I'm just happy they actually mentioned stalker

                                • genericusername546
                                  genericusername546  2 weeks back

                                  I remember playing COD4 to death back on release, but I actually had no idea this was considered an iconic level until I saw this video. It's good? I guess? I mean the whole game was really the high water mark of single player FPS before the whole thing jumped the shark from MW2 onwards over the last decade or so. The whole Call of Duty brand has kind of become emblematic of bland game design now. You expect the same level of innovation from Call of Duty (or any AAA) in gaming that you expect from Nickelback in music...

                                  • genericusername546
                                    genericusername546  2 weeks back

                                    Call of Duty 4; the last good Call of Duty game.

                                    • Aaron Beardsley
                                      Aaron Beardsley  2 weeks back

                                      12:51 Asian guy does not agree at all.

                                      • Humperdoo
                                        Humperdoo  2 weeks back

                                        And since CoD4 it has hardly improved. The single player is great but the online still tiny maps that people just loop again and again.

                                        • craiginzana
                                          craiginzana  2 weeks back

                                          This was really cool! That level was such a memorable part of my gaming experience as a teenager.

                                          • princeaizen
                                            princeaizen  2 weeks back

                                            What's the gameplay at 20:01 ?

                                            • Dave Fredriksen
                                              Dave Fredriksen  2 weeks back

                                              It makes so much sense that this is the team that made Medal of Honor: Allied Assault! That's the game that got me into video games! (Wolfenstein 3D also played a part in that)

                                              • Stijn Weijters
                                                Stijn Weijters  2 weeks back

                                                More Battlefield!

                                                • in4moon
                                                  in4moon  2 weeks back

                                                  how dare you to portray half life with HD models turned on .... that's not half-life

                                                  • ThePlandaly
                                                    ThePlandaly  2 weeks back

                                                    please dont. half life didnt do shit neither did cod

                                                    • Andrew Mackemzie
                                                      Andrew Mackemzie  2 weeks back

                                                      Dont call me shirley > all ghelli up

                                                      • Friendly Metroid
                                                        Friendly Metroid  2 weeks back

                                                        Scripted sequences were a huge innovation.. I was 16 when all that started dropping and as you say, it changed everything. That said, I believe the ultimate story telling is done by having an incredibly complicated number of systems all overlapping and influencing each other in real time. Then the story is emergent and incredible personal. Games like Rimworld pull this off, but are obviously very rough graphically as a trade off.

                                                        • Oudom Kosaketh
                                                          Oudom Kosaketh  2 weeks back

                                                          PLEASE IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE AGAIN, HAVE THEM TALK ABOUT NO RUSSIAN.

                                                          But actually I think it would be interesting to talk the modern warfare 3 version of it after the mission "mind the gap" and see what they were thinking when they tried to give shock value. Because I think to most people, it looks like a failed attempt to recreate what no russian did. It would be cool to see what they thinking of this.

                                                          • Andre Gualberto
                                                            Andre Gualberto  2 weeks back

                                                            Cod4 was one of the best single player games Ive ever played and was definitely an achievement for its time. I must have played it at least 5 times.

                                                            • Dwi Randy Pradhika
                                                              Dwi Randy Pradhika  2 weeks back

                                                              My friend swallowed a thumbtack while doing this mission during lunch break at school.

                                                              He kept playing

                                                              • Saint Harambe
                                                                Saint Harambe  2 weeks back

                                                                WTF is up with the guys face at 7:56

                                                                • Super Sloth
                                                                  Super Sloth  2 weeks back

                                                                  I remember actually shh'ing the people in the room as I played this mission. One of the best in memory.

                                                                  • nietzscheposterchild
                                                                    nietzscheposterchild  2 weeks back

                                                                    The Stalingrad mission made me realise just how cinematic and immersive games have become

                                                                    • Theo RixLux
                                                                      Theo RixLux  2 weeks back

                                                                      Isnt the problem with cod games being that every cod game is copy paste of an old game? Like, cool level, but dont repeat the actual level. Instead, repeat the idea behind the level...

                                                                      • IntensePeppers
                                                                        IntensePeppers  2 weeks back

                                                                        Trucks, tanks, same thing

                                                                        • Jarmo1330
                                                                          Jarmo1330  2 weeks back

                                                                          the suicide mission: Mass Effect 2

                                                                          • XkidXuglyX
                                                                            XkidXuglyX  2 weeks back

                                                                            I wonder how many viewers were confused when STALKER was brought up with zero context to it's relevancy of also being set in Chernobyl.

                                                                            • theJman
                                                                              theJman  2 weeks back

                                                                              The first Titanfall I played the tutorial and got super hyped to play the campaign thinking this is going to be a good game! So much potential here! Then I found out that everything was online. I was still willing to try the campaign. There wasn't really a campaign. I kind of gave up after that. Played the multiplayer some and got hooked for about a month but it quickly wore off. Never got the second one.

                                                                              • Kingman Brewski
                                                                                Kingman Brewski  2 weeks back

                                                                                Get out of here Stalker!

                                                                                • BJ
                                                                                  BJ  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Half-Life unlocked the door, Half-Life 2 cracked it open, and Modern Warfare kicked it down. I remember playing the first level and being blown away at the fact that I had basically just experienced an action movie in a first person perspective. Then All Ghillied Up took a sharp left turn later in the campaign and went the complete opposite direction -- it was precise and methodical, punishing you for not being calm and stealthy. Throw Death From Above in between those two levels and you have my single favorite FPS campaign of all time, including Half-Life 2. Caveat that I never played Titanfall 2.

                                                                                  • Ching
                                                                                    Ching  3 weeks back

                                                                                    The making of 'No Russian' next?

                                                                                    • Uden One-Eye
                                                                                      Uden One-Eye  3 weeks back

                                                                                      "I think you would agree, players like very binary situations? Like something is either black or white, something is either on or off. Very easy to read."

                                                                                      Um.... no.

                                                                                      • Lt. Thumper
                                                                                        Lt. Thumper  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Call of Duty:Frontlines was a batter D-Day than MoH.

                                                                                        • sam blum
                                                                                          sam blum  3 weeks back

                                                                                          the amount of times that guy says "like" in this video is insane

                                                                                          • The Meaning of Lolicon
                                                                                            The Meaning of Lolicon  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Developer: *Creates 15K scripts*
                                                                                            Me: *Memorize the Whole script so I could use console command better*

                                                                                            • cyb3rpunk 2077
                                                                                              cyb3rpunk 2077  3 weeks back

                                                                                              These guys are only in their 30s. Just imagine the games they will make in the future...(if that's what they choose)

                                                                                              • Real Deal
                                                                                                Real Deal  2 weeks back

                                                                                                The future of gaming looks bright