This is one of those baseless rumours that is just so insane it may even be true.
Apparently an anonymous source has been speaking to VG247 and has confirmed that Infinity Ward will not be developing Modern Warfare 3 as they will be working on a new super secret title that will blow us away.
Modern Warfare 3 which is to be released in 2011 will be developed by a third developer who may or may not be Sledgehammer games which is a brand new studio being created from the remains of Visceral games.
And it is exactly at this point that I fail to continue to believe this story. I just cannot see Infinity Ward giving away their biggest pay check and then Activision giving that very same golden hen to an unknown, untested studio.
But then again you never know with Activision and possibly Infinity Ward were starting to ask for to much money and the new guys have waltzed in with an offer Bobby just couldn’t refuse?
We’re going to slap a big rumour tag on this one now but I will keep an eye out for more news and let you know if it comes up.
In other Call of Duty news it was reported yesterday that Treyarch may be planning to bring this years COD title to Vietnam. Which may or may not be totally awesome depending on how well they pull it off.
Last Updated: January 8, 2010
January 8, 2010 at 08:56
I certainly hope this is the case – It’s not that I’d want another developer doing MW3, it’s just that I’d like Infinity Ward – who are exceptional developers – to branch out and do something else. A nice, fresh interesting IP from them would be great.
Bobby Kotick and the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse
January 8, 2010 at 11:33
I really doubt it Geoff, our man Bobby proudly proclaimed that he’s reluctant to try new IPs and would rather milk existing franchises, until their nipples are dry and cracking.
January 8, 2010 at 11:45
Hey Bobby have you breastfed before ? 🙂
January 8, 2010 at 14:47
I don’t know. I can see another developer coming in to do a Call of Duty title, but it wouldn’t be named Modern Warfare 3. Other than that, I do agree with you, Geoff. Infinity Ward (and Bungie, for that matter) need to show and prove with different IPs.
Bobby Kotick (now an unlockable character in Life)
January 8, 2010 at 15:24
That might be harder said than done.
Sure, they’ve (IW and Bungie) established themselves in their respective niche titles, but given the recession, general software sales decline, new IPs may be far too risky for certain publishers (cough Bobby).
I really don’t envy the developers, because I’m sure some of them would like to try new things, but the buck (literally) stops with garnering interest in a new IP and getting the necessary funding for it.