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Source – Infinity Ward not developing Modern Warfare 3

Thursday, 7 January 2010 14:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Infinity Ward is not creating Modern Warfare 3, according to a VG247 source, and is instead working on something “completely new”.

The details come from US insiders.

Infinity Ward has this far avoided the issue of its work after Modern Warfare 2, saying no decision had been made on further projects in the run up to the shooter’s launch last November.

“Right now we don’t have a clue what our next game is going to be, and we won’t know what it will be until we finish with Modern Warfare 2, which won’t be for a while,” studio frontman Rob Bowling told IGN UK last October.

MW2 DLC packs are scheduled to release this “spring” as a timed 360 exclusive.

It’s unclear where the third game will be made if IW really has gone AWOL from the series.

We were told by one dev source that a Canadian studio was handling it, but another pointed to newly-formed Sledgehammer Games, headed by ex-Visceral bosses Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey.

Sledgehammer, based in the Bay Area, is currently recruiting for a multiplayer designer with “five years experience working on current AAA multiplayer shooters for current consoles and PC.”

The identity of Sledgehammer’s first project is yet to be announced.

Activision’s only Canadian developer is Vancouver-based Radical Entertainment, the studio behind last year’s free-roaming adventure, Prototype.

Rumour surrounding the Call of Duty franchise in general is escalating. A report yesterday claimed that Treyarch is currently putting together a story-focused, Vietnam-based episode in the series for release later this year.

Activision had not returned calls at the time of writing.

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31 Comments

  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Sorry Pat, but this story fails.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Bikki

    Fails indeed.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Len

    COD MMO or Space Marines surely…? ;)

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Progguitarist

    Nothing like a COD rumour story to get those page hits a goin’.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    Bond, blatantly.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    I don’t see the Fail with the story. But it does smack of rumour. Personialy, I would like the CoD franchase to take a couple years off. You know what they say about too much of a good thing. But with so many people eating it up, I doubt the franchise is going anywhere anytime soon.

    The only way I see CoD being taken away from IW is if IW themself stops or if the talant leaves. Otherwise I see semi yearly releases of CoD and I see IW doing as many of them as they can.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Doc Robotnik

    Ha! I fucking knew it. Okay, so I got the dev wrong, potentially, but still. Where’s Michael O Conner when you need him?

    I can see IW ‘pulling a Bungie’ and going independent soon. Activision are far too demanding.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. AHA-Lambda

    Well this is surprising news if true O_o

    Can I just say that if it is a canadian dev it may not be radical entertainment. It MIGHT be United Front Games. Acti are already working with them on True Crime after all.

    BTW this is my first post and I’m new here so hi :)

    #8 5 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    Hi Lambda.

    The profile page is broken, so most of us can’t get in either.

    This story fails because it’s utter pants, and i could imagine Real Madrid giving away all their star players for free before Acti let IW walk away without doing MW3.

    Rubbish.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    “This story fails because it’s utter pants”

    Pants! No, not the Pants?!

    I love you guys, I really do. :)

    Pants, thats just too much hehe

    #10 5 years ago
  11. G1GAHURTZ

    And lets just say that it won’t be the first time that your sources have ‘fallen into false rumour‘ either, Pat.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. airdom

    @Progguitarist And to get some people bitching ;)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Doc Robotnik

    @G1GA

    Two points – Firstly, wouldn’t you have said the same about CoD before 3 was farmed out to Treyarch?

    Secondly, IW are wholley owned by Activision, who have ultimately done exactly the same as they did after CoD2. Now IW can go off and make another killer IP that Acti can farm out for yearly distribution.

    And so the cycle continues…

    #13 5 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

    Sorry OG. In England, pants means Y-fronts.

    Not trousers. lol.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    No worries G1GA made my day either way :)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. G1GAHURTZ

    @ Doc:

    1. CoD wasn’t one of the top 3 gaming IP’s in the world when 2 was released. It is now, and in these Bobby Kotick hating days, people know that it’s IW’s game.

    2. Acti may be greedy rip off merchants, but they’re not 100% stupid.

    Stick the initials ‘IW’ and the words ‘Modern Warfare’ on any box, and you’ve practically sold 10 million units.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Doc Robotnik

    @G1GA

    I kind of see what your saying, but then World at War wasn’t an IW product, and it wasn’t that great either, but it still sold 11m+ units worldwide. It doesn’t matter who develops MW3, the name alone will guarantee 10m+ copies.

    Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who develops a game from a strong IP, it’s the name that counts – the majority of gamers don’t know much about developers or publishers; they follow the IP – that’s why Championship Manager continues to sell shedloads despite being crap, as does Need for Speed, and it’s also why IW put the CoD moniker back on Modern Warfare 2 after removing it – people care about the game name.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    LOL!

    Sorry, but I have to disagree there.

    I do agree to a certain extent that the majority don’t have a clue about a game beyond the name, but I am in an incredibly strong position to say that it’s definitely not just about the IP.

    You can take it from me, as a very recently former Square Enix (formerly Eidos) employee (Beautiful Game Studios) that Championship Manager’s sales aren’t all that fantastic compared to FM’s. And largely due to the fact that SI fanboys have waged a campaign to destroy the brand. It’s not purely because of fanboy sabotage by any means, but it definitely makes a huge difference in terms of sales. To the extent that even though your game is getting 8′s and 9′s, people still refuse to buy it because of their loyalty to some developer.

    Anyway, sure, WaW sold a lot, but still nowhere near CoD4 numbers. Also, that was largely off of the CoD name, and even though that remained on the box (in almost small print) for MW2, the official name is actually MW2.

    Therefore, I think that most of those casuals who are looking for a sequel will be expecting MW3.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Doc Robotnik

    Yes, the name is referenced by most as MW2, but the CoD name is still there because they saw a 40% drop in interest when CoD was removed (interest was based on internet searches).

    Yes, ‘Casual’ consumers will be expecting MW3, but it’s a process that has needed 3 iterations to get people on board. That’s why the CoD name is still there, as I’ve already mentioned.

    Also, if anything that further proves that it’s little to do with the developer involved, as long as it’s called MW? The quality of the game has already been established – most consumers will automatically assume that the sequel will be of similar quality – that’s how a franchise is successfully sustained: proof of quality.

    CoD:WaW didn’t sell as many as CoD4 (14m to 11m, approx) because the modern setting is currently much more popular than the over-used WW2 background. It still shifted more units than any other game that year though, and I fully expect their next outing to do similar numbers. People certainly aren’t buying the game because of Treyarch’s name.

    And yes, perhaps CM/FM was a bad example, but there are plenty more… Guitar Hero sequels, Far Cry 2, Star Wars KOTOR 2, Resident Evil sequels, etc etc. All of these games sold based on the name and reputation of the IP, not because of the developer involved.

    If it did matter more, Acti wouldn’t swap CoD dev duties, Bioshock 2 wouldn’t have been taken away from 2K boston and given to two completely different studios.

    I’m not trying to preach here, but I work in marketing in the industry, and trust me, the name of the game is far more important than that of the developer, unless your name is Bungie.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. G1GAHURTZ

    Or Infinity Ward.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    Or Rockstar North.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Gheritt White

    Or Your Mum.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Doc Robotnik

    Yeah, Maybe Rockstar North and your mum, and maybe IW now that Modern Warfare has taken off, but I would put money on MW3 outselling MW2 even if IW don’t develop it. If that wasn’t likely to happen then why on earth would Activision let them do anything else?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Suikoden Fan

    oh yeah, Call of Duty : Future Warfare here we come

    #24 5 years ago
  25. The Hindle

    Really hope this is true i cant see Cod getting any better then Mw 2 and some would say Cod 4 was the best, and id like IW to make a new ip.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. G1GAHURTZ

    If that wasn’t likely to happen then why on earth would Activision let them do anything else?

    Exactly!

    Which is why I don’t think that they will.

    Trilogies. It’s about trilogies these days! (Yeah, I know, It’s actually no. 8… [or IW's 5th])

    Anyway, I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see, but if IW don’t make MW3, I’d be very surprised to say the least.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Gekidami

    Bogus if you ask me. They wouldnt have left the end of MW2 so open if they didnt intent to continue it themselves.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. TheKingdom

    Imran Zakhaev is still alive

    i think that MW3 is in the work :D

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Doc Robotnik

    Cod 1,2, IW. 3, Treyarch
    MW 1,2, IW. 3, ???

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Michael O’Connor

    “Ha! I fucking knew it. Okay, so I got the dev wrong, potentially, but still. Where’s Michael O Conner when you need him?”

    I’m sorry, what?

    My point was never about the developers. My point was that the development of this franchise is shared between two devs for a reason – it gives them more time to develope each title and keep the franchise being a yearly release.. If it’s not going to be Infinity Ward, it’ll be someone else, but they won’t put Treyarch on two titles at the same time.

    Not to mention this is a rumour… and one I find hard to swallow, personally.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. SunKing

    I am highly skeptical of this being true.

    #31 5 years ago

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  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]

  • Dragon Quest Heroes and PS4 top Media Create charts in Japan

    The PlayStation 3 and PS4 skus for Dragon Quest Heroes were the top sellers on the Media Create charts in Japan, moving a combined 594,749 units. Elsewhere on the chart, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was in third place with 39,751 units moved, and last week’s top seller, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, […]

  • Watch Hideo Kojima answer lots of your burning Phantom Pain questions

    What’s better than learning the official release date of MGS5: The Phantom pain? Hideo Kojima talking more about it, of course! Hideo Kojima has decided to answer a few fan questions about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, to help boost everyone’s hype to insane levels. He talks about the game’s story, his relief […]

  • MGS5: The Phantom Pain Day 1 and Collector’s Edition revealed

    Konami has officially revealed the release date of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain alongside the game’s Day 1 and Collector’s Edition. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will release September 1, worldwide, as previously leaked. It will be available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The PC Steam […]

  • EU Club Nintendo: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack back in stock

    Club Nintendo members in Europe can once again pick up The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds soundtrack. For 3000 Stars, members of the program will receive the double-CD soundtrack which features 89 tracks with liner notes from Ryo Nagamatsu and 12 sheet music excerpts. It also comes with 16 Milk Bar Musician pieces. […]

  • HTC apologises over “confusing” Half-Life VR comments

    HTC has misspoke when it talked about Half-Life coming to VR headset Vive. HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has apologised over the comments she made yesterday about the possibility of Half-Life coming to Vive, the VR headset it’s manufacturing with the help of Valve. Sources close to Valve, have indicated to the BBC that the developer […]

  • What do Heists and Daily Objectives tell us about the future of GTA Online?

    Daily Objectives could be more important to GTA Online than Heists. These theories and more, from a giddy Matt Martin. Yesterday Rockstar dropped a bombshell. Not only is it releasing Heists next week – the mythical 4-player missions for GTA Online – but it’s also going to be introducing daily challenges and more modes to […]

  • Breaking down Hardline Premium, is it worth it?

    Having been announced just a few days ago, the Premium service for Battlefield Hardline has been a topic of constant debate among the Battlefield community. Many look at Hardline as a Battlefield off-shoot that will just tide everyone over until Battlefront comes out in the fall. EA has other plans however, announcing a $50 Premium […]

  • Watch Dogs sold more than GTA 5 and FIFA 15 in Australia in 2014

    Watch Dogs outsold GTA 5, and FIFA 15, at retail in Australia last year. According to data obtained by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) from the NPD Group Australia, last year’s year retail sales charts look a bit different in Australia. The top-selling game was Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, followed by Watch […]

  • Watch PC footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from GDC 2015

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a new gameplay video available that shows a bit of action from the PC version. The video below was captured from Nvidia’s GDC conference live-stream. Developer CD Projekt RED was on hand to show off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt‘s graphical prowess running on a PC. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • Dying Light: Hard Mode and Ultimate Survivor Bundle out March 10

    Dying Light’s second DLC drop, the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, and the free Hard Mode, have been given a solid release date alongside a new trailer. Dying Light developer Techland has confirmed that the Ultimate Survivor Bundle, the game’s second DLC drop, will release March 10. The DLC is part of the season pass, but will […]

  • Exploration puzzler Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4

    Ether One, the first-person exploration game that puts you in the minds of other people to help change events of their past is coming to PlayStation 4 this year. Ether One is coming to PlayStation 4 this year, developer White Paper Games announced at GDC 2015. A retail version will also be available alongside the […]

  • Larian “murdered” Divinity: Dragon Commander to focus on Original Sin

    Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian talked very candidly about the business side of development and the many unfortunate events that took place for the game to come out as it did. Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke gave a post-mortem on the troubled development of Divinity: Original Sin, and how it managed to overcome all of […]

  • Firewatch probably has the most natural dialogue of any game to date

    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]