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Infinity Ward: Leaving behind Modern Warfare ''a long decision''

By Mike Williams

Infinity Ward: Leaving behind Modern Warfare ''a long decision''

Wed 29 May 2013 5:51pm GMT / 1:51pm EDT / 10:51am PDT

Studio wants to create a new universe with Call of Duty: Ghosts

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Infinity Ward's next Call of Duty has been revealed as the all-new Call of Duty: Ghosts, instead of another sequel in Modern Warfare series. According to Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin, the studio's decision to leave behind the popular sub-series was the desire to create something new.

"[It was] not a hard decision, but a long decision," Rubin told MCV. "When we finished Modern Warfare 3, we had this big brainstorming session that lasted for weeks. We all really knew we wanted to continue making Call of Duty. We wanted to create a new universe, or a new story at least. We wanted new characters and new experiences."

"The easy thing would have been - as we had finished the arc of Modern Warfare 1, 2 and 3 - to start a new arc within that same universe. That was the first step. But due to a lot of the changes we wanted to make with this new world, it really dictated out that we needed to make something that wasn't Modern Warfare."

Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year, with an updated engine along for the ride. Rubin said that while technology isn't everything, next generation consoles do provide the chance to increase realism in the series.

"From a gameplay standpoint, we never felt hindered by the generation or the consoles or the tech," said Rubin. "We always felt gameplay isn't tech-dependant necessarily. But this new tech allows us to make those worlds that we are playing in more realistic. We always try to make it so the player always feels naturally involved in the world around them. The more realistic and natural the environment, the more the player's imagination melds with that game."

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Mike Wuetherick Lead Designer, Super Mega Awesome Games

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how is this any different than modern warfare? other than ripping off the Tom Clancy name?

Posted:2 years ago


Chris Murphy Community & Live Manager, Ubisoft

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Hehe, to be fair Mike, Modern Warfare likely carries more name brand recognition :P.

All in all though, this line probably provides the best insight into their mindset:
"We wanted to create a new universe, or a new story at least."
They just want to change the seems as though gameplay will largely remain the same old CoD.

Posted:2 years ago


Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst

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So, they're making Ms Pacman instead of Pacman?

Viva la revolución!

Posted:2 years ago


Brian Smith Artist

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I quite like the look and sound of this new chapter but think they've lessened it's impact with the title. Should have went for something else other than Ghosts. Sounded like more DLC to me at first.

Posted:2 years ago


Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve

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For me it still looks exactly the same. It's in a modern conflict setting with dull washed out colours covered in bloom and lens flare. Call it a different name, say it's a different engine but to me it's no different from before. To be honest they've no reason to change it though, bro-gamers will buy it anyway.

Posted:2 years ago

Maybe they have a all new hidden Call of Woofy planned, to reflect a new universe and departure from Modern warfare? Human players are totally AI controlled!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dr. Chee Ming Wong on 30th May 2013 1:39pm

Posted:2 years ago


Adam Campbell Game Producer / Product Manager

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With a brand as strong and unassailable as CoD, I'm surprised dropping an old setting would be considered a worry...

Posted:2 years ago


Pier Castonguay Programmer

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In my opinion they should return to WWII so the title can make a bit more sense.

Posted:2 years ago


Ian Brown IT Developer / IT Infrastructure

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So same game with different name. As mentioned above It's just going to be yet another dull modern war shooter with a muted colour pallet and probably a "shock" moment in it to get some added publicity.

I'm sorry but its just another annual release like those of the Fifa & NFL variety and one I'll do without.

Posted:2 years ago


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