Sledgehammer’s third-person Call of Duty game was “compelling”, but Modern Warfare 3 too good to miss

Friday, 2 September 2011 04:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sledgehammer Games, now working with Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3, has spilled a few details on its shelved third-person Call of Duty game.

“We came on board to make a third person action adventure game, in the Call of Duty franchise, and we were working on it about six months,” Activision general manager and studio founder Glen Schofield told Gamespot.

“We had a prototype together that was pretty compelling, and it looked really good,” co-founder Michael Condrey added.

Unfortunately for third-person fans, Sledgehammer was offered the chance to work on Modern Warfare 3 before the project got off the ground – and couldn’t knock it back.

“The opportunity to work on the biggest thing in the industry with Infinity Ward, that’s demonstrated that they know how to do exceptional software, was just an opportunity we couldn’t [miss],” Condrey said.

“There’s a lot of people on the team who have worked on Call of Duty before, who have worked on first-person shooters before, so there’s a lot of built-in knowledge about the first-person shooter genre and a lot of passionate gamers. Some guys on the floor are tenth level prestige in Black Ops.

“So it was a nice marriage of experience in the genre and kind of fan desire to work on this franchise.”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November. The game’s multiplayer will have its eSports debut at Call of Duty XP in Los Angeles this weekend.

Thanks, Joystiq.