Report: Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward co-developing MW3 for November release

Thursday, 20 January 2011 19:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


According to a report over on the LA Times, Activision has tasked Sledgehammer with co-development duties on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward. This is according to “people familiar with the situation,” and will add to burgeoning rumors surrounding the next installment in the monster shooter franchise.

Still not officially announced by Activision, the game is reportedly “well into production and is expected to come out in November.”

LA Times sources have said Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward are “equally sharing duties of producing the single-player portion of the game,” and confirmed the rumor that Raven Software is working on the online multiplayer portion.

Unconfirmed reports last year had Raven working on map packs for Treyarch’s Black Ops, the first of which is slated for a February 1 release and called First Strike.

According to the source, borrowing the Sledgehammer team has delayed the Call of Duty spin-off game it was rumored to be working on, in order to keep Modern Warfare 3 on schedule since the firing of Infinity Ward heads Vince Zampella and Jason West and the employee exodus that followed.

Earlier in the month, a job listing for a community manager was posted by Activision, seeking someone to help “build and drive the studio community management effort for Sledgehammer and the next Call of Duty game.”

Activision has confirmed previously that Infinity Ward was working on a new Call of Duty title.