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Call of Duty to Carry on With New Developer

Amidst turmoil at Infinity Ward, developers of the Modern Warfare franchise, Activision announced the future path of the Call of Duty franchise.

The plans include the formation of a dedicated business unit that intends to expand the Call of Duty brand with the same focus seen in the publisher's Blizzard Entertainment business unit. This will include a focus on "high-margin digital online content" as well as reaching into new genres and with new digital business models – which some may read as a possibility for a CoD MMO.

"2010 will be another important year for the Call of Duty franchise," stated Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing. "In addition to continued catalog sales, new downloadable content from Infinity Ward and a new Call of Duty release, we are excited about the opportunity to bring the franchise to new geographies, genres and players."

The company expects to release a new Call of Duty game from Treyarch this fall. In addition, Infinity Ward is in development on the first two downloadable map packs for Modern Warfare 2 for release in 2010.

Seeing the cash cow in Call of Duty, Activision has formed an entirely new development studio dedicated to a new game that will "extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre" for release in 2011. The new studio is called Sledgehammer Games and is helmed by industry veterans Glen A. Schofield and Michael Condrey, both who previously worked on Dead Space for EA.

Yesterday, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare community was shook by the news that Infinity Ward bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West were dismissed by Activision over what the publisher termed as "breaches of contract and insubordination." BingeGamer believes that the disagreement came from withheld royalties from Modern Warfare 2, while Kotaku thinks that it might be down to creative differences.

  • N19h7M4r3
    well i bought MW2 i guess i'm not gona buy MW3 lol
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  • maigo
    Ah yes, the old 'stop doing what works' tactic
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  • SneakySnake
    COD is the most overrated game, right up there with Halo
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  • RogueKitsune
    Well if Treyarch is helping to develop the next CoD we all know it is going to suck. I mean they are the ones who worked on World at War, which imo is worse than CoD3 and I think CoD3 was bad. I dont know what they do different from infinity ward but it is something not good for the CoD franchise.
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  • SneakySnake
    Treyarch's COD's have been fine, people just don't like the WW2 setting as much. And Nazi Zombies was amazing :P
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  • Ryric
    Misleading article title, isn't the idea that Treyarch and Infinity Ward are swapping titles ( World at War was released by Treyarch and CODMW2 was released by IW).

    Its not carrying on with a new dev. its the planned development path + a different new game within a different genre...
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  • robwright
    roguekitsuneWell if Treyarch is helping to develop the next CoD we all know it is going to suck. I mean they are the ones who worked on World at War, which imo is worse than CoD3 and I think CoD3 was bad. I dont know what they do different from infinity ward but it is something not good for the CoD franchise.
    Little know fact about Treyarch's CoD games -- with the exception of World at War, the developer had LESS THAN 12 MONTHS to finish those games, including CoD3. With World at War (which is a good game, IMO), they had a little more than a year. So to answer your question about what IW did differently....they took their time and had a reasonable development cycle, whereas Treyarch did not. Activision wanted to put the CoD series on a Guitar Hero-like schedule of releases with at least one title a year (gee, over-saturate much?) and since IW didn't want to play that game, Activision passed interval CoD titles over to Treyarch, which caused some serious bad blood between IW and Activision, as well as IW and Treyarch (as I wrote in a previous post in an earlier Activision-IW article, IW loathes Treyarch and mocks them openly for taking IW's baby).

    There's speculation that the reason West and Zampella were dismissed was because they did not want Modern Warfare to be rushed into development for 2011 and then they and the rest of the IW team objected to Activision handing MW3 over to Activision's new studio Sledgehammer. And although Actvision doesn't clearly state that Sledgehammer's new CoD title for 2011 will be Modern Warfare 3...I'm sure we can all read between the lines. MW2 could be the last CoD title IW ever puts out, sadly.

    RIP, Infinity Ward, 2002-2010
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  • rhino13
    I hope that "high-margin digital online content" doesn't mean something similar to EA's "project bone the used gamer."
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  • Transmaniacon
    At least we have Bad Company 2
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  • They probably played one round of Bad Company 2 and realized their game was garbage in comparison. :)
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