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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is introducing a brand new mechanic: reloading while aiming down sights

(Image credit: Infinity Ward)

Reloading always seems to come at the most inconvenient times in FPS titles. Even if you have a compulsive reloading problem like me, where the mag has to be full even if I've only fired one bullet, bullets always seem to run out just when you've got your crosshair perfectly trained on a foe. But with the new reloading-while-aiming mechanic being introduced in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (opens in new tab), you'll be able to reload your gun while keeping your sight pinned to the foe of your choice. 

(Image credit: Infinity Ward)

Infinity Ward's animation director Mark Grigsby made the announcement in an Activision blog (opens in new tab) entry, writing that "one other thing we added this year is the Aiming Down Sights reload. In the past, if you’re ADS, and you’re shooting and you reload, the weapon would go off to the side, and you’d have to retrain to get to your target. This time if you reload, it stays on the target, so you can stay in the battle." 

Plus, the animations are different depending on when you reload your gun: "in the past, we would never physically show that transition of one mag to another, but this time around, everything’s physical, so if you have an extended mag, like a drum perhaps, or a long magazine, all of the movements within every reload are visceral, strong, aggressive" and alter depending on whether you're reloading an entirely empty mag, or one that still has most of its bullets remaining. Then Grigsby says that with this new mechanic "after you’ve taken down five different dudes in a room – and you reload, you go ‘shit yeah, you’re done!’".

So there you have it: in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare you can keep your eyes pinned to your scope to ensure you never lose sight of your target, even when you reload. How that'll change how the game feels to play remains to be seen, but make sure to try it out if you're planning on getting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare!

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