We've been getting a ton of news on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare this month, as there was the multiplayer reveal to kick things off in August (you can check out our hands-on preview here), and now Game Informer has highlighted a rather interesting feature called Tamagunchis.
This sounds a lot like Tamagotchis - the little devices which require you to feed and care for a virtual pet - and that's for good reason, as you can actually equip your character with a similar device.
"We put in a watch pretty early on; one of our coders got really excited about it and over a weekend synced up a dev kit to have the actual time on the watch, so it actually tells the real time from your kit," multiplayer design director Geoff Smith explained, and this love of watches actually came from art director Joel Emslie.
With a watch in place though, the ideas kept flowing, as Smith explained. Stat-tracking was discussed, but this evolved into the Tamagunchi concept, except this is fed by warfare, becoming happy if you get more kills and getting angry if you do badly.
"This little thing on your wrist, every time you get a string of kills, it goes, 'Ya-ta!' and it makes a little noise, then you look at it, and it evolved out of an egg," Emslie says. "Tamagunchis are fed by the player's performance in multiplayer. It's just this little active wristwatch thing." This Tamagunchi can even "rot and die", Emslie adds, and it evolves from an egg at the very start.
Will you care for your Tamagunchi?