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

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

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 Games8 years ago
how is this any different than modern warfare? other than ripping off the Tom Clancy name?
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Chris Murphy Community & Live Manager, Ubisoft8 years ago
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.
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Gareth Eckley Commercial Analyst 8 years ago
So, they're making Ms Pacman instead of Pacman?

Viva la revolución!
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Brian Smith Artist 8 years ago
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.
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve8 years ago
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.
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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

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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee8 years ago

With a brand as strong and unassailable as CoD, I'm surprised dropping an old setting would be considered a worry...
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Pier Castonguay Programmer 8 years ago
In my opinion they should return to WWII so the title can make a bit more sense.
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Ian Brown IT Developer / IT Infrastructure 8 years ago
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.
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