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The original Call of Duty’s working title was ‘MOH Killer’

Friday, 1st November 2013 14:26 GMT By Phil Owen

MCV has a neat feature on the creation of the first Call of Duty by the then-newly-formed Infinity Ward, and it’s got plenty of awesome tidbits of info, including that amazing working title in the headline of this post.

It’s hard to imagine now, but Medal of Honor was once the King of Shooters, and the team responsible for the best one, Allied Assault (pictured), ended up forming Infinity Ward after EA decided not to have the Allied Assault studio, which was independent, work on any more Medal of Honors. Activision bought them and committed to a year of funding of their first project, and the rest is history.

But this quote from lead artist Justin Thomas on the team’s arrogance in building the project sticks out: ““I wouldn’t make the mistake of calling it the most humble team.

“The project was actually named ‘MOH killer’ until an official name could be found. We were focused more on fun than success, with the idea that if it was fun, it would be successful. We were just going to make a great game, and do the things better than we did on previous projects.”

A decade later, EA is trying to reclaim the throne from IW’s creation, which has been more successful than Medal of Honor ever was. So that arrogance was apparently warranted.

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12 Comments

  1. schnide

    “..and the team responsible for the best one, Allied Assault, ended up forming Infinity Ward after EA decided not to have the Allied Assault studio, which was independent, work on any more Medal of Honors.”

    Then it serves EA right!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Guess that explains the name ‘Titan fall’, then…

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Citrus raptor

    Still prefere MoH: Allied Assault.

    @2
    That it’s intended to make CoD fall?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. DSB

    It’s funny to think that Infinity Ward once suffered from little brother syndrome as well.

    @2 Oh snap, never even thought of that.

    Mind blown.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. fearmonkey

    Call of Duty 2 is still the best WW2 shooter I have yet played, I was just blown away by it on the Xbox 360. I have never liked the Modern games near as much.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. The_Red

    Guess the working title for TitanFall was “COD Killer” then. It’s really strange how perfectly COD really DID kill MOH so, here’s hoping that TitanFall does the same.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. G1GAHURTZ

    @4:

    Yep.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. CycloneFox

    Imo, the original CoD is still the best game in the whole series. The multiplayer was just awesome. Especially with the addon United Offensive, which brought vehicles, it felt extremely awesome.

    I was extremely disappointed of CoD2 and CoD3. And when CoD4:Modern Warfare came out, it was fresh and new, but I still prefered CoD1 or other shooters.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. noamlol2

    OHEOHAHOHHHH nostalgia…

    i still remember the first MOH allied assault and it’s expansions

    however COD 1 was just better in everyway

    so it actually was a “MOH killer”

    #9 1 year ago
  10. ZappaBappa

    Allied Assault and COD1 Were both masterpieces in my book. United Offensive was even better. Those were the days….The days where we stormed Omaha beach in multiplayer, with a bunch of KAR98 Wielding krauts next to the bunker, firing away at people storming the beach!

    Theres never been any other Multiplayer game that had such a thrilling experience as Omaha Beach in for Allied Assault.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Legendaryboss

    I played some of the old MOH games, it was good finish…

    On the EA original breakup thing, paybacks a bitch.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. rudedog

    MOH:Allied Assault and CoD Where amazing, back when they’re where no perks or ranks but you had dedicated servers, mod tools and custom game types.

    Wow how both franchises have gone down hill

    #12 1 year ago

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