Posts Tagged ‘Infinity Ward’

Robert Bowling ( Creative Strategist at Infinity Ward ) in a tweet stated that Activision’s upcoming magnum opus Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – which is being developed by Infinity Ward, Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games- is using the same game engine as Modern Warfare 2. According to him, developing a new game engine from the ground up is “counter productive. An engine takes years and years to develop and get right.”

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Happy New Year 2011, readers of HCGamingNews! 2010 was an amalgam of good and bad. The year saw some great releases such as: Battlefield: Bad Company 2; Heavy Rain; God of War III; Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood; Gran Turismo 5. There are obviously a few other great games I’ve not mentioned… but hey! You know them, right?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d probably know that Treyarch’s latest shooter – Call of Duty: Black Ops eclipsed Infinity Ward’s magnum opus Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 in terms of sales and units sold.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops which will probably the biggest launch in the gaming industry, is a mega-asset for publishing giant – Activision. And already, Activision has already confirmed that a new Call of Duty game will release sometime in 2011, or say 2012. Apparently, the developer is going to be Sledgehammer Games, a game studio which Activision itself created just after the infamous Infinity Ward – Activision fiasco. Now, we already know that Modern Warfare 3 is in development ( an obvious fact since Modern Warfare 2 raked in enough money to probably enable Activision every other game studio out there! ), but could it be that Sledgehammer Games is tasked with its development? Only time will tell…

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is one of the best-selling games in history. No doubts in the figures. Call of Duty: World at War is also one of the best-selling games in history. Wait, what? No it isn’t, right? It’s not.

Apart from the fact that the two games were made by different developers, the main reason, in my opinion, why CoD: MW2 was huge hit compared to CoD: WaW – which was anything but “another game in the franchise” – is because CoD: MW2 didn’t have a BETA. No, I’m not kidding. With WaW’s beta, all gamers knew how mediocre the game was and many decided not to buy it. The fact that those who did buy the game loved the Nazi zombie mode is a given, but WaW’s sales figures are nothing compared to MW2’s.

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