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Source – Infinity Ward not developing Modern Warfare 3

Thursday, 7th 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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  1. G1GAHURTZ

    Sorry Pat, but this story fails.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Bikki

    Fails indeed.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Len

    COD MMO or Space Marines surely…? ;)

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Progguitarist

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

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    Bond, blatantly.

    #5 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  12. airdom

    @Progguitarist And to get some people bitching ;)

    #12 4 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 4 years ago
  14. G1GAHURTZ

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

    Not trousers. lol.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. OlderGamer

    No worries G1GA made my day either way :)

    #15 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  20. G1GAHURTZ

    Or Infinity Ward.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. G1GAHURTZ

    Or Rockstar North.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Gheritt White

    Or Your Mum.

    #22 4 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 4 years ago
  24. Suikoden Fan

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

    #24 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  28. TheKingdom

    Imran Zakhaev is still alive

    i think that MW3 is in the work :D

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Doc Robotnik

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

    #29 4 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 4 years ago
  31. SunKing

    I am highly skeptical of this being true.

    #31 4 years ago