Infinity Ward Vs VG247 readers – no holds barred

Thursday, 15th October 2009 15:59 GMT By Patrick Garratt


We asked you for questions about Modern Warfare 2. You told us. We asked Infinity Ward’s Rob Bowling at a London hotel about an hour ago. We managed to get in 14 questions for you, and Rob answered everything. He’s a very good sport.

So. Here you go. Hit the link.

Dralen: Has the PC version been delayed?

Rob Bowling: Officially, no.

SlayerNL: Has the team been working closely with Microsoft and Sony to handle day one traffic on the multiplayer side?

Rob Bowling: Yes, very much. And we have been throughout the development of the game.

SlayerNL – Will there be a Steam version?

Rob Bowling: Yes.

SlayerNL – Will there be Prestige in the PC version?

Rob Bowling: Yes. These are easy.

ReeceHeywood – Not everyone has Xbox Live or PSN so will the game feature offline bots for use in multiplayer?

Rob Bowling: No, there are no offline bots. But you have Spec Ops mode for offline split-screen which is, you know, pretty much the same thing.

Herlock – Do you like Bobby Kotick?

Rob Bowling: [Laughs] I love Bobby Kotick.

Herlock – Are you tired of the war-based FPS yet?

Rob Bowling: No. Right now we love making what we’re making, and if we didn’t love it we’d move onto something else.

JonFE – Does IW directly benefit from Modern Warfare 2′s premium pricing?

Rob Bowling: No.

djhsecondnature – Are you worried that the UK price hike will deter some potential buyers from playing your game?

Rob Bowling: No.

bobbymington/Windsmeare – Any plans for aliens or zombies?

Rob Bowling: Never. Never ever.

SticKboy – Bobby Kotick’s made some pretty controversial comments in recent months. Are you worried that the way he’s perceived may have an affect on marketing and PR for Infinity Ward products?

Rob Bowling: No. I think people appreciate our games for what they are, and can separate what we do from what Activision does.

SticKboy – Do you foresee Activision making similar mistakes as EA before John Riticiello came in and re-focussed on quality and innovation?

Rob Bowling: No. We’re always focussed, as Infinity Ward, on quality and innovation.

SticKboy – Can you please explain the price disparity between CoD:MW2 and a) CoD:MW1; b) The US price ($59.99 vs £55.99) and c) Battlefield: Bad Company 2?

Rob Bowling: [Laughs] That is an Activision question.

SticKboy – If you had the power, would you seek Bobby Kotick’s replacement?

Rob Bowling: [Proper laugh] Yeah, I can’t answer that.



  1. reask

    Where’s my question?
    /cries :(

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Dralen

    Woot! I feel so important cos my question was top of the list. And I’m really pleased that the PC version isn’t being delayed. :D

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    lol thank you vg247 for the questions. I just wanted to see where cod game devs stands in regards to pc gaming.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. ReeceHeywood

    No bots? Fuck sake.

    Cheers Pat for asking.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. mescalineeyes

    that was fantastic. I reckon there’s a proper interview coming up some time as well…?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Windsmeare

    Damn, no Zombies.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Robo_1


    Indeed. Surly that can’t be it????

    #7 5 years ago
  8. bobbymington

    Damn no Aliens ;)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    Bah – someone else asked the question I wanted answered (respawning enemies) so I didn’t bother asking as well and it don’t look like it was asked :/ – is there more to come Pat?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. ScreenTearing

    “I think people appreciate our games for what they are, and can separate what we do from what Activision does” Ouch.

    Of course it’s no surprise that Infinity Ward and Activision don’t have a good relationship.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    Re:Bots – worth reading the EG hands on piece with regard to the co-op SpecOps stuff – whilst not strictly bots in MP it does sound good and surprisingly varied.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    Dralen – I hate to be the prophet of doom, but I’d pay close attention to the word “officially,” there…

    #12 5 years ago


    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    14 questions all about Kotick and pricing. Not impressed. :(

    #14 5 years ago
  15. SticKboy

    Thankyou for getting my questions answered, Pat! Mr Bowling seems like an okay guy to me :)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Dralen

    Dammit, I thought there might have been something behind that word, but I was secretly praying it wasn’t true.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. phatb0y

    Good questions. Shit answers.

    Annoying when these interviews turn out like they have the meter running.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. SticKboy

    @ Gek – all your questions about gameplay will be answered when the game gets released. This was a good chance for us to ask the questions that rarely ever get past the big publisher’s PR machine.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    And in the end he pretty much answered them in the most evasive ways possible anyway…

    #19 5 years ago
  20. JonFE

    Cheers for shooting questions on our behalf Pat!

    #20 5 years ago
  21. SticKboy

    Getting proper answers wasn’t the point – I never expected serious ones anyway. I just wanted to drive the message home.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. slayernl

    Thanks a lot pat, for the Q&A

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Herlock

    Pat, yu rock! :)
    Rob Bowling seems very cool.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. freedoms_stain

    VG247 is going to get a reputation for Kotick hating.

    Next week: VG247 interviews Bobby Kotick himself with reader questions such as: “Why are you such a cunt, you cunt?”

    “which of the following describes you best: a) giant douche, or b) turd sandwich”

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Detale

    You say that like it’s a bad thing :)

    #25 5 years ago
  26. SticKboy

    freedoms_stain, that post has had me chuckling for the past two minutes now :)

    #26 5 years ago
  27. freedoms_stain

    Deep down we’re all just jealous because he gets paid millions to tell people what to do.

    Oh yeah, and he stifles innovation.


    #27 5 years ago
  28. Stephany Nunneley

    In life, you are always choosing between a giant douche and a turd sandwich.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. freedoms_stain

    Steph, often true, however it’s rare that you come across an individual that embodies both :p

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Michael O'Connor

    “VG247 is going to get a reputation for Kotick hating.”

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

    Credit to VG247, most websites wouldn’t even have *dared* to ask the questions regarding him. They’d be deemed “too controversial”.

    People are complaining that the answers were too evasive, but you can easily read between the lines here; Infinity Ward obviously don’t have much love for Activision’s approach to publishing, but they clearly take pride in the work and innovation that they do… as they rightly should.

    #30 5 years ago

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