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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:04pm 21/01/11 | 10 Comments
Despite Activision's insistence that everything is hunky-dory at Infinity Ward post West and Zempella's firings, it turns out the developer may have had to bring on board some extra outside talent to reign in the third installment in the Modern warfare series, which was initially penned a trilogy by the former IW heads.

While speculation (even from me) suggested Sledgehammer Games (made up of ex-Visceral heads) would be working on a futuristic iteration of Call of Duty to be announced and released this year in November (the franchise's annual launch window) The Los Angeles Times has revealed that people "close to the situation" report a different scenario.
Activision has quietly tapped Sledgehammer Games, a Northern California studio, to help out with the making of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to people familiar with the situation. The game has not been officially announced by Activision. But the title is well into production and is expected to come out in November, the same month that the publisher has annually released a new Call of Duty installment, people with knowledge of situation said.
They also cite their sources as pin-pointing Raven Software to be working on the online multiplayer component of the game.

Obviously Raven's last two outings were anything but successful, both critically and commercially, and it's been a long time since anything Triple A has come out of their doors. It's also interesting that they didn't just share Treyarch, who did a bang-up job on the multiplayer portion of Call of Duty: Black Ops.

If all of the above is indeed true, the blockbuster status of Modern Warfare may be in jeopardy, and I'd suggest Acti goes back to letting Sledgehammer Games release their futuristic CoD this year, and give Infinity Ward at least another year to adjust.












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MatchFixah
Posted 12:14pm 21/1/11
I wouldn't be keen on a futuristic COD. I say stick to the current formula by releasing a COD3 and i'm pretty sure many will end up buying it, including myself.
Reality
Posted 12:31pm 21/1/11
the new futuristic iteration of the series should be the beginning of a refreshingly new chapter in the COD franchise (much like Modern Warfare 1)... and then it will all go downhill from there (much like every game after Modern Warfare 1) : (
Enska
Posted 01:23pm 21/1/11
f*****g hell, what they cant wait another 12 months for the title to actually be decent?
pushing it out in that release window just because that's what has been done before could seriously f*** this series up. I mean Raven? seriously? f*** me.
Lewk
Posted 01:36pm 21/1/11
"Treyarch, who did a bang-up job on the multiplayer portion of Call of Duty: Black Ops"

Firstly, multiplay in COD has never ever been good except for the very first one back in'03. Secondly, the Black Ops multiplayer on the PC is so far rooted that even after months and numerous patches it still doesn't run properly.
Enska
Posted 01:40pm 21/1/11
erm, I'd say a few million people disagree with you Lewk.
Trauma
Posted 02:30pm 21/1/11
The MP is solid, but he's right about the PC issues. When these games let me down I just delve back into Arma, never lets me down.
qmass
Posted 03:08pm 21/1/11
I wish I was familiar enough to have knowledge of the situation!
Crakaveli
Posted 03:13pm 21/1/11
The MP is solid, but he's right about the PC issues. When these games let me down I just delve back into Arma, never lets me down.
Been playing alot of OA lately.. Such a good game to play online, don't have to deal with 12y/o f***wits screaming in their headset.
Khel
Posted 11:54am 22/1/11
f*****g hell, what they cant wait another 12 months for the title to actually be decent?
pushing it out in that release window just because that's what has been done before could seriously f*** this series up


You sound suprised? This is Activision we're talking about after all...
Enska
Posted 01:04pm 22/1/11
yeah I thought a bit more about that after posting. derrr what a surprise from Acti.. ><
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