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Sledgehammer, Raven, IW All Working On MW3 Together

Prepare to be confused.

'deep breath'

Okay, so we've heard Infinity Ward is likely cranking on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Despite the mass exodus the studio suffered after the Vince Zampella/Jason West fiasco, Activision apparently restaffed IW in record time. Then there was the rumor that Sledgehammer Games, a designer owned by Activision, was working on another Call of Duty installment. It was initially purported to be an action/adventure game but was later emended to hold the more expected first-person shooter label. Finally, there was the rumor that Raven (Wolfenstein, Singularity) was working on something CoD-related. Now, we've got what is supposed to be a clarification from the LA Times.

It seems both Sledgehammer and Raven are assisting Infinity Ward in development of Modern Warfare 3. However, Sledgehammer is indeed working on their own CoD spin-off, which is supposed to sport a sci-fi theme of some kind. Sledgehammer appears to be working with IW on the single-player mode of MW3 while Raven is handling development of the multiplayer aspect. There. Does that clear everything up?

Tags: call of duty, modern warfare 3, activision, raven, sledgehammer

1/20/2011 8:46:18 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (43 posts)

PasteNuggs
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 8:59:49 PM
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I wish Raven was helping on the single player part. Singularity was great and they could have actually gave COD a decent story. I do kind of like the sound of this though. Maybe a collaboration effort will give something new to the franchise.

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PorkChopGamer
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:41:38 PM

I agree with you. I know people want to see this game fail, but I'd rather see it stay a great series.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 8:46:32 AM

I never hope for a franchise to fail. I hope it turns out amazing!

Whenever I want a company like Activision to have less success, it's not because i want them to fail, it's because I want them to raise their standards and not be satisfied with mediocrity. That's what I get frustrated with.

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Imagi
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:17:37 PM
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What a clusterf***

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packersfan66
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:52:29 PM
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Maybe I'll actually play this one

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Alienange
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 9:52:40 PM
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This will be the big test then. If MW3 is crud, then CoD truly has been neutered by Zampella and West.

No way Treyarch and this mess of devs can carry on after the greatness that was IW.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:09:52 PM
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Wow, just wow. This thing is going to be a mess.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:17:06 PM

Not really. MoH had two developers. Throw in one more and it should be ok.

But i wont hold my breath. So i guess i would rather just be optimistic bout it! Ha!

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Qubex
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 2:52:52 AM

One just does't know at this stage. Each my bring their own unique aspect to the CoD franchise. It could be quite a dynamic turn around.

In the end, it is still an FPS... one just has to accept whether or not they are fussed by the name CoD; it may not matter that much if it turns out to be a great game...

Just say'n...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 7:32:18 AM

I suppose it could go either way, but so can Raven's products. Too many minds on one game can mess it up.

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bigrailer19
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:15:11 PM
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So maybe well see something new? I kind of hope so... I like it the way it is but if they could start to expand on what theyve built... That'd be great!

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:23:22 PM
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Hehe, wow, sounds like the game is being patch worked together.

Back before the big debacle, I thought IW was a one of a kind developer and now with them gone, I doubt CoD will be able to hold my attention on future releases.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:37:09 PM

I would love to see a new game engine. The engine currently in place tends to favor the strengths of the 360 but it does little to optimize strengths of the PS3. The current CoD games tend to use lots of alpha textures ( the texture transparencies seen in smoke and explosions). These effects are very strenuous on the PS3--check out the first segment while riding atop the mobile turret unit of MW2. The PS3 version chokes pretty hard on all of the smoke--but there's work around alternatives to this approach that would probably be better handled by SPUs. THe bottom line, the PS3 usually gets the shaft when it comes to CoD.

That's okay by me. The upcoming KZ3 looks to be so far ahead of CoD in technical splendor and play options, going back to CoD would feel just a little dated.

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Cesar_ser_4
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 5:47:20 AM

@temjim exactly but with the 360 being all 3rd parties favorite, ps3 will always get the shaft, specially from activision...

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Underdog15
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 8:50:06 AM

If your hairs stand on end during the story, get to shelter or fetal position in whatever open field you're in! ^.^

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Snaaaake
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:34:07 PM
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Holy crap I can't believe I've gotten a bit excited because of this news.
Now this could be something to look forward to..............

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BikerSaint
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 10:46:01 PM
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Due to a sudden Respawn by Zampella and West, the new IW needs the help of 2 other developer houses????

I don't think this is saying much for the anti-vision clad new Infinity Ward

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kraygen
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 11:11:24 PM
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This is great news! This just says to me that at least they're aren't all 3 working on separate COD's at the same time. I'd rather them make a good COD than continue trying to release several bad ones at a time.

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TheShadow
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 11:23:30 PM
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This can go three ways:

A. It turns into a mayham of a game that dosen't know what it is.
B. It is the same COD all over again

C. and c is............It turns out good "Boom"

A- 45 %
B- 45 %
c- 10 %

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hehateme
Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 11:52:24 PM
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my god whats going on next week? a trailer for black ops 2? how about they focus on fixing the garbage that is black ops on the ps3?! its disgusting how much watered down these games are getting its the publics fault for buying like sheep

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DazeOfWar
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 7:57:16 AM

I was one of those sheep for a bit. I wasn't going to buy BO but was pretty impressed with the videos showing the new online modes. I enjoyed the campaign and the multiplayer was great until I got sick and tired of the faulty connection issues. So I sold it and now will truly not buy another one.

I'll stick with MAG, BC2, and the many other greater games out there.

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big6
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 10:40:44 AM

Yeah, the connection issues in Black Ops is annoying, to say the least.
However, after playing it much more (well into my second Prestige), I think the connection issues may not be real issues at all.

I've noticed that the multiplayer isn't full of cheats and glitchers (like I found in MW and even Killzone).
After some thinking, I *think* the network issues might be a measure to stop glitchers. Like, when the game detects someone is glitching, it drops them, and then it goes to "Migrate Host". If it drops too many players, it just ends the game.

This is just my guess.

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crunchy_nut_kid
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 12:08:56 AM
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activisions recipe for a call of duty game:
-add three developers
-add half a story
-add a tea spoon of effort
-copy/paste the rest
-let it cook for 9 months for the hype to rise
...release and enjoy the profits

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MadPowerBomber
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 1:19:27 AM
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After doing some reading around the nets and experiencing my own hard boot issues: no thanks!

I'll continue to buy Activision games -- I enjoyed Wolverine a lot, and absolutely loved Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions -- but I think I'm done with the COD franchise.

With all the other games coming out this year and a few of them being high-caliber fighting games, it won't be missed.

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___________
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 2:13:14 AM
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......... wait, 3 cooks in the kitchen?
i seriously doubt antivision would do this, that means spending wadges, costs ect on 3 teams and only getting 1 paycheck out of it.
albeit a bit one.

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Simcoe
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 12:14:35 PM

When you game makes a billion dollars does it really matter how much they spend?

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Underdog15
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 3:37:16 PM

Depends on the contracts. You must assume MOST employees are paid a salary. Very few, if any, of the employees within the developer would make any commission. If the jobs are spread out, you would have to assume the commissional spread is as well.

In that respect, although there are three teams, the cost wouldn't be too much different beyond the marketing spreads. This would be the justification of spreading out the workload.

You could either pay one team to do an amazing job over 3 years, or triple the man power and do it in a third of the time. In the end, the cost is the same, but over time you're more able to spread out the cost. Basically, I'm saying Activision is not worried about offsetting costs over a short period of time since it's basically guaranteed they'll make a killing.

Now, I realize they would likely pump out a title in one year anyways, but they are trying to perform as well as Infinity Ward would perform if they were the former unit they once were. Keep in mind, all this would be business reasoning. Anything subjective about whether or not MW2 was top quality is irrelevant.

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___________
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 7:49:19 AM

of course it matters.
would you rather spend 50M making a game and it sell 1B, or spend 30M making it and it sell 1B?
having 3 teams on this makes no sense because its not going to make it sell any better.
spend the resources where there needed, not where there not.
2 i could understand, especially since IW are left in tatters they lost half their staff!
but 2?
thats just overkill!

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White_Mocha
Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 1:53:15 AM

you don't understand though. maybe they're trying to make this Call of Duty the best there is. maybe they're trying to add new features to the table. obviously one developer can't do this since call of duty already has features that have been in previous games.

i'm not looking at this from a business perspective but a 'potential' perspective. of course, they're going to make money, but maybe they want to 'try' to give people their money's worth for once.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 3:28:01 AM
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Y'know... I'm actually a little intrigued by this. It may be said that there are too many cooks in the kitchen here, but I'm thinking it similar to Sony's teams. They help each other when it is needed, and four times out of five, they're among the best games available anywhere. Without needing to divide the teams into smaller parts to work on both single player and multiplayer could result in something completely unexpected, and dare I say it, innovative.

Yes... You just read that right. I may actually look forward to this CoD based solely on this news. Who'da thunk it?
Peace.

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CHAOS THEORY X
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 3:57:01 AM
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Since the work is divvied up, you think it will be completed sooner?

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Lawless SXE
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 5:05:29 AM

More likely they're 'divvying' it up so that it will be ready for release on time. IW got hit HARD. I also think it may be training for Sledgehammer on how to make CoD :P

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CHAOS THEORY X
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 3:57:21 AM
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I've never spelled or used 'divvied' before. I'm surprised to have gotten it right.

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RadioHeader
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 5:01:59 AM
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God bless 'em. Who needs patches when you can buy whole "new" games.

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Danny007
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 8:04:07 AM
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Do you guys think that its going to beat Black Ops's sales record?

I have no idea.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 8:48:38 AM

Each year *should* get easier to beat the sales record. Assuming everyone that got it the first time around loved it, then they'll buy the next one and new gamers or platform owners will jump on the bandwagon.

When you consider new players will likely come to the next game, if this doesn't break the record, then to me that's indicative of a tiring fan-base. (although it won't ever be in trouble, by any means.)

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Highlander
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 10:50:40 AM
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So, developed and designed by committee? I ask you, when was anything that was deigned by committee a good thing?

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Underdog15
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 3:37:53 PM

Various not-for-profit agencies?

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AcHiLLiA
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 11:35:18 AM
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We'll MW was a great game, MW2 was okay- the multiplayer was a waste most of the time, even with those stupid perks. Heck I even think COD3 multiplayer is better than MW2 multiplayer.

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556pineapple
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 11:54:14 AM
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Hmm, well as long as they keep up the quality on each team, I'm sure it will turn out alright. I'm sure it won't be too long before this series goes the way of Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk, the way they've been cranking them out year after year. Even so, I'm sure the dedicated will still buy it as long as it's labelled, "Call of Duty."

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just2skillf00l
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 2:30:04 PM
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Well, I'm glad that they're changing stuff up some, that's always a positive. Also glad someone else is working on that multiplayer. Let's clean up the bugfest shall we!

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thj_1980
Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 4:22:38 PM
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Black ops's record is going to get beat by this game. MW2 is so called the best selling game of all time for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. I look forward t o this fiasco.

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Maiq The Liar
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 5:55:48 PM
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LOL!

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