Why CoD: Ghosts Riley is set to become gaming's most realistic dog
To understand how much detail went into creating Riley, we need to first look at how he came to be. In an interview with IGN, Activision revealed that the idea of a dog in COD: Ghosts came about when it was working on a successor to Modern Warfare 3.
The COD: Ghost designers revealed. "What we needed to create was a world that would feel familiar. But would also bring in a lot of new elements.....someone wondered what would happen if a dog appeared in Ghosts. This idea was well-received and we quickly decided the dog would be part of the squad.”
But how were the designers going to make sure a military dog in COD:Ghosts would be realistic? The IGN interview tells how the designers had a clever idea to ensure a high level of realism for Riley.
"We invited one of the specially trained Navy Seals and his dog to tell us about their symbiosis, the training, the special gear, etc. This was a game-changer for us; the role we had in mind for the dog multiplied by ten, just because of this meeting. And besides the interesting role of the Seal and his dog, we saw numerous gameplay possibilities.”
Turn the page to find out how Activision started to bring Riley to life.