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New Developers Making COD, IW “Still Central”

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Rumblings concerning the future of the Call Of Duty franchise and Activision’s relationship with Infinity Ward, the makers of Modern Warfare, have continued to escalate overnight. Activision has attempted to stamp things down a little by revealing its plans for the future of the franchise. Those plans include a new developer of Call Of Duty in 2011 and an action adventure game from Sledgehammer Games.

Activision is planning to form a “dedicated [Call of Duty] business unit that will bring together its various new brand initiatives with focused, dedicated resources around the world,” according to a statement, treating COD in much the same way as it does World Of Warcraft. Treyarch’s Call Of Duty title expected this year and believed by many to be set in Vietnam is still due this winter. In 2011 Activision will have a new, bu unspecified developer working on Call Of Duty’s eighth outing. That would suggest IW will not be making a COD FPS in 2011, but like so much else that is unconfirmed.

Sledgehammer Games were formed by ex-Visceral heads Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey (they made Dead Space) and will be expanding COD into the action adventure genre. Whether this is the already announced Ghost game is unconfirmed at this time.

Activision has refused to comment on the departure of Infinity Ward studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella publicly, but is reported to have told IW staff, “Infinity Ward remains central to Call of Duty’s future and we rely on the combined talent, expertise and leadership of the team there for its success.”

Where this really leaves Infinity Ward, without its studio leads and seemingly stripped of production duties on 2011’s COD title we simply do not know.

On a lighter note, Tim Schafer, the creator of BrĂ¼tal Legend who had his own unfortunate run-ins with Activision during the production of his last game, had this to say on Twitter: “Getting mad at Activision for this kind of thing is like getting mad at an ape for throwing feces. It’s just how the beast communicates.” Thanks for lightening the mood Tim.

Via VG247 & Kotaku




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