Infinity Ward Strays From Call Of Duty, Working On New Title?
For a while now, it has been tradition that Treyarch and Infinity Ward trade off on developing titles for Activision's Call of Duty franchise. One team does it one year, the other team does it the next.
But we may see a breakdown in the chain after Treyarch puts out the new CoD entry this year. According to VG247 citing "US recruitment channels," Infinity Ward won't be creating Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Instead, they plan to work on "something entirely new," which may not come as a surprise to those of you who follow the news. Last year, during the massive building of hype leading up to the launch of MW2, IW boss Robert Bowling specifically stated, "Right now we don't have a clue what our next game is going to be." Now, if this team steps down from the CoD franchise and Activision wants to continue to make it an annual phenomenon, they're going to need another studio to fill the void. One possibility is a currently unknown Canadian studio and another is Sledgehammer Games, led by ex-Visceral head men Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey. As we speak, Sledgehammer is looking for a multiplayer designer with "five years experience working on current AAA multiplayer shooters for current consoles and PC."
As for the Canadian team, it could be Radical Entertainment, which gave us Prototype last year. But either way, if Infinity Ward really is moving away from the CoD franchise, that could be a tremendous blow to the series. MW2 is the most popular online multiplayer game of the generation (or it soon will be, statistically), and it was also the fastest-selling title in the history of the industry. Treyarch always does a great job, too, but to lose IW and the MW games...that'll be tough to overcome.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
1/7/2010 10:18:41 AM Ben Dutka