War photojournalists take virtual pictures inside Call of Duty videogame

Soldier crouched behind barrels in front of explosion
(Image credit: Alex Tonga/Activision)

Call of Duty may be one of the biggest videogames franchises of the century. But makers Activision aren't resting on their laurels. And they've cooked up a quite imaginative stunt to promote their forthcoming release of Call of Duty: Vanguard.

The 18th installment in the series, the new game traces the birth of special forces to face an emerging threat at the end of World War Two. The graphics in this game are a big step forward, introducing newly photorealistic environmental details and textures. And to show just how realistic it all is, they've invited two working war photographers 'inside' the game to photograph it, just like they would a real conflict.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.