Modern Warfare 3 team has a “lot” of Infinity Ward “lifers”

Thursday, 23rd June 2011 23:38 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The team working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the “real” Infinity Ward, according to Activision Publishing head Eric Hirshberg.

“A lot of the guys working on Modern Warfare 3 are the same guys who worked on Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare,” the executive told IndustryGamers.

“A lot of them are Infinity Ward sort of lifers and have been there from the beginning.”

Some have questioned Infinity Ward’s credit following the forced departure of studio leads Frank West and Vince Zampella, along with an unknown number of colleagues, now at the EA-backed ReSpawn Entertainment.

“A lot of the turmoil, it all happened before I got here, so I never got to work with the old Infinity Ward,” Hirshberg admitted.

“I only got to work with the new Infinity Ward, and all I can tell you is while they went through a huge transition, and while there was a lot of rebuilding that had to happen and they had to bring in some new talent to replace some of the people that had left, this is one of the most dazzlingly creative group of people I’ve ever met in my life.

“And so anyone who tells you, ‘This is not the real Infinity Ward’ is wrong. This is an unbelievable developer, an unbelievably talented studio… and they’ve got something to prove, too. I think they’ve taken a lot of pride in proving the skeptics wrong and so far, the reception of Modern Warfare 3 has been pretty great.”

Sledgehammer is on board Modern Warfare 3, but Hirshberg said the game is benefiting, rather than suffering, from more than one cook eyeing the broth.

“They welcomed in a partner and that was probably a decision born out of necessity – nobody probably would have designed it that way proactively, but because they were going through a rebuilding right in the middle of this development, they welcomed a pretty high octane partner into their creative process.

“And Sledgehammer truly has treated them as partners, and the game is a reflection of a combined vision between those two studios. And to my great delight it is a one plus one equals three situation. The game has gotten better because of these two very strong, creative forces working together,” he explained.

Modern Warfare 3 is expected on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November.



  1. Hunam

    Reports claim that after the senior staff left, Bobby Kotick himself arrived and began chaining people to their desks.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. ExOAte

    What is this? Some kind of reassuring words to make us buy the game and tell us everything will be alright? Serious :S

    #2 4 years ago
  3. darrito

    @ 2. That’s the same thing I’m wondering..

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Alakratt

    So let’s ignore all the talent that left, even though they helped a great deal get us to where we are today. Let’s ignore them, pretend they never existed, and claim that THIS is the real IW.

    You know, for a company that wants the public to stop seeing them as the evil empire, they are doing sooooo good so far.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    @2 I know, why would the head of a major publisher ever want you to buy his games? Seriously, could Activision get more sinister than that?

    @4 That has nothing to do with what he’s saying, if you actually read the above. He’s just saying that the people at Infinity Ward are very much Infinity Ward. They’re obviously missing the heads of the company, who designed the game in the first place.

    Maybe you just need to pull that stick out of your ass, and read for a second.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. ASBI

    @5 Why would I read ? it is activision and they are evil , lets just throw some bad and nonsense words to show how hardcore gamers weve become
    and whoever justfies anything for activision even if there are right is not a real gamer


    sadly this is how most of the users in this blog think :(

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    Well, Activision haven’t made it easy on themselves, but one thing that astounds me is just how much power that CoD especially seems to have over people. It’s as if gaming didn’t even exist before Modern Warfare.

    People act like franchises didn’t exist, and nobody was massproducing games to capitalize on their audience before CoD. It’s pretty impressive that one game can just completely rewrite peoples notions of how all of gaming works, singlehandedly.

    Suddenly it’s the game that ruined gaming and made everybody idiots, when it really hasn’t done very much that wasn’t common practice before, except for maybe the 15 euro DLC. Before DLC you still had the 30 euro exansion pack, though.

    And the guys pretending they don’t like the games tend to be the most passionate about it. So even the guys who hate the game, are getting their rocks off on it. How’s that for an accomplishment? :P

    #7 4 years ago
  8. IL DUCE

    So basically…what you’re trying to say is…This isn’t the real Infinity Ward

    #8 4 years ago
  9. IL DUCE

    @7 Name another shooter franchise that released a game every single year for this many years (for CoD its been since 2005) with minor differences in core gameplay…plus the DLC price is pretty ridiculous, chop 5 bucks off and it would be much more reasonable…

    Its not that CoD is not a good games (well Black Ops wasn’t) its just that Activision makes their milking of the franchise so damn blatant and obvious…

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    @9 Need for Speed (actually put out more than one a year), Burnout (more than one a year), Sonic the Hedgehog (more than one a year), Super Mario (more than one a year), X-Com, Brothers in Arms, CSI, Madden NFL, EA Sports NHL, EA Sports FIFA, Far Cry, Prince of Persia, Just Dance, Command and Conquer, EA Sports NBA, NHL2K, MLB, Battlefield, Final Fantasy, Tiger Woods etc. etc. etc.

    The fact that it’s a shooter doesn’t make it more or less a case of capitalization, but you can invent your own rules if you like.

    It’s only obvious because it’s outsold every other franchise to do it until now. Fair enough if that gets it singled out, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s nothing new, and that people certainly weren’t getting offended as long as those massproduced games were only selling between 6-10 million rather than 20 and 30 million.

    I’m done with Treyarch games, but I think it’s pretty obvious that the Modern Warfare franchise updates as much as you’d expect them to on a 2 year release cycle. The fact that so many claim that CoD4 is so different, would seem to suggest as much.

    #10 4 years ago

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