Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Will Stop Toxic Behavior in Voice Chat with AI

ToxMod will also appear in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone.

Image credit: Activision | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Toxic teammates are something any person playing a competitive game has experienced. It's especially jarring when you have to hear someone scream or spew hateful things in the voice chat. Call of Duty is no stranger to such behavior, but Activision is set on fighting it.

The company has partnered with Modulate to use its AI tool ToxMod in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Warzone, and Modern Warfare 3 when it launches on November 10.

ToxMod is a machine-learning technology that analyzes voice chats to "identify in real-time and enforce against toxic speech – including hate speech, discriminatory language, harassment and more." It can understand not just words but also emotions and nuances "to help differentiate between friendly banter and genuine bad behavior."

“There’s no place for disruptive behavior or harassment in games ever. Tackling disruptive voice chat particularly has long been an extraordinary challenge across gaming. With this collaboration, we are now bringing Modulate’s state of the art machine learning technology that can scale in real-time for a global level of enforcement,” said Michael Vance, Chief Technology Officer, Activision. “This is a critical step forward to creating and maintaining a fun, fair and welcoming experience for all players.”

Image credit: Activision | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The beta test for the tech will begin in the US on August 30 in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone and it will be fully released worldwide (excluding Asia) together with Modern Warfare 3.

You might be wondering why Asia is not included. The press release doesn't specify, but it could be connected to the end of the 14-year-old partnership between Activision and NetEase (its publisher in China). The companies couldn't agree on a contract that would satisfy both sides, and Activision left the country, taking its games away.

But again, this is just my speculation. For more information, read the press release here. Also, join our 80 Level Talent platform and our Telegram channel, follow us on ThreadsInstagramTwitter, and LinkedIn, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more.

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