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Say it’s not so, Jon Snow: Harington goes bad in ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’

Kit Harington (Jon Snow) in (Probably) Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (mo-cap footage)
Fans of Game of Thrones may have come to think of Kit Harington as heroic after watching him play the incorruptible Jon Snow for the past six years, but if you’re a Call of Duty fan, then things are about to change. Harington will lend his voice and virtual likeness to the villain of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward announced Friday.

“Kit is an amazing talent, and the consummate pro,” Infinity Ward narrative director Taylor Kurosaki told The Wrap. “Our story is about an epic showdown of opposing forces, and Kit immersed himself into the role and truly became the embodiment of the enemy, the Settlement Defense Front. We can’t wait for fans to see Kit play an entirely different kind of character.”

Infinity Ward confirmed Harington’s role in the game Friday after a video published by Mashable earlier this week showed him recording motion capture footage for something using an elaborate rig that has been shown in production photos for past Call of Duty games.

The studio also announced that director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, The Man From UNCLE) helped direct the game in some capacity. According to the report, Ritchie helped direct Harington’s performance in the game.

“It meant a lot to us to develop the role into everything it could be,” said Infinity Ward chief Dave Stohl.

Infinite Warfare immediately made waves when it was announced in May, thanks to its interplanetary setting and an announcement trailer that was met with record disapproval on social media. Though Activision won’t have a booth on the E3 show floor this year, past reports have suggested the game may still make an appearance thanks to the franchise’s marketing ties to PlayStation. (As with 2015’s Call of Duty: Black Ops III, all Infinite Warfare downloadable content will launch on PS4 30 days before coming out on Xbox One and PC.)

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will hit stores November 4.

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