Infinity Ward moving focus away from Call of Duty?

Infinity Ward, the development studio behind the Call of Duty franchise, may be moving away from Call of Duty and on to other projects. Activision, Infinity Ward's parent company, has decided to move the team onto bigger and better things. Vice President Dave Stohl told VG247, "I think that there’s a short- and long-term view on the whole thing," he added. "But I think we’re rebuilding a studio that can go off and build great new franchises in the future."

Infinity Ward has been in the spotlight recently since founders Jason West and Vince Zampella left the company because of disagreements with Activision. When they left, many of the Infinity Ward developers went with them. The Infinity Ward staff also brought a lawsuit against Activision alleging unpaid bonuses. They said that Activision was keeping back some of the promised royalties from Modern Warfare 2 as part of a plan to keep the staff at the studio to work on Modern Warfare 3. West and Zampella, along with the developers that left Activision, went to competitor Electronic Arts and started a new design studio named Respawn Entertainment.

Since the shake up, Infinity Ward has been focused on recruiting new talent. "Recruiting at Infinity Ward is not a problem. What we’re trying to do is say that Infinity Ward is a culture, it’s a way of doing things," said Stohl. While talking about the move to new franchises, he said that Infinity Ward has a strong "shooter philosophy," so while Call of Duty may become a franchise of the past, don't expect the studio to start crafting high fantasy role playing games and veer too far away from it's adrenaline soaked FPS roots any time soon.

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yardman said,

I hope so to..MW3.......Make one more and call it after that.

They have to. There will be SO many angry people if you just leave that ending as it is. We need to regroup from the attack and beat the **** out of makarov

I do hope that EA hands over the keys to MoH to Respawn Entertainment. The CoD guys could turn MoH around and bring it back to the glory that it once was(Allied Assault).

Translation: We lost (a significant portion of) the team, so we're moving on to other things that aren't COD.

Bit of a sweeping statement, but in light of recent events, the above interpretation does seem make sense.

I'm waiting to see what Respawn Entertainment can do with some new IP. I can't see them moving too far away from first person shooters, seen as though that is what the team had been doing at IW for all that time.

COD is getting boring and they are gearing it more and more towards MP, and not SP. COD is getting old and they are releasing these games faster than malware is written for Windows. Yea, I know that diff companies are working on the releases..but anyway, its time for it to go IMO.

yardman said,
There cash cow....no i don't believe it.
Don't worry, Activision still has Treyarch and some other studio making CoD games yet. And they will probably make another one after those are complete.

They aren't done milking it.

Makes sense. With the controversy, drop outs, and mixed reviews towards MW2, an attempt to continue the CoD franchise would be akin to beating a dead horse.

I'll be interested to see what they come up with for future releases, although at the same time I can't help but feel sceptical...

Intrinsica said,
Makes sense. With the controversy, drop outs, and mixed reviews towards MW2, an attempt to continue the CoD franchise would be akin to beating a dead horse.

I'll be interested to see what they come up with for future releases, although at the same time I can't help but feel sceptical...

Yeah, November, its another rehash called Call of Duty Black Ops... and it looks just as [enter descriptive noun/verb here] as the rest of the tired, withered franchise.

At least Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, games that have been being remade with sequels and spin-off's does something new and does it's best at it... unlike CoD, its the same old from 1 to Black Ops.

Intrinsica said,
Makes sense. With the controversy, drop outs, and mixed reviews towards MW2, an attempt to continue the CoD franchise would be akin to beating a dead horse.

I'll be interested to see what they come up with for future releases, although at the same time I can't help but feel sceptical...


I hope they make something from scratch with a new engine.

Aanuun said,

Yeah, November, its another rehash called Call of Duty Black Ops... and it looks just as [enter descriptive noun/verb here] as the rest of the tired, withered franchise.

That game is not an IW project.

MistaT40 said,
Shame

not really, COD has run it's course, let it finish on a high not at call of duty 15 SUPER DEATH that is more than mediocre. There are already signs that its starting to slump.