Before working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games was reportedly working on a third-person version of the Call of Duty series. The title was supposedly going to take the Call of Duty series into the “action-adventure” genre. But as the story goes, Infinity Ward and Activision had a bit of a kerfuffle, leaving Infinity Ward short two studio heads and a few employees. In order to finish work on Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward needed help, and that’s where Sledgehammer comes into the picture.
But now it seems the third-person, action-adventure Call of Duty title is being permanently put on the shelf, reports CVG. The site recently interviewed Sledgehammer’s Glen Schofield, who said frankly, “We’ll probably cancel it.”
“They [Activision] gave us the choice of: do you want to work on Modern Warfare 3, or do you want to continue working on this? And we really liked that. We liked what we were doing. It third person, probably set at a time that might have niched it too much,” said Schofield. “I bet that if we had kept going, within a month or two I probably would have switched the time period, but kept the gameplay. It had some really cool stuff.”
This might come as depressing news for those patiently awaiting for Activision and the developers working on the Call of Duty series to try something new. Essentially, we’ve been getting the same games with incremental jumps in refinement since 2007’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Personally, I’m ready for a change-up, and I’m definitely not alone.
To wrap up his interview with CVG, Schofield was asked if Sledgehammer planned to stick with the Call of Duty series after the launch of Modern Warfare 3. Like most developers currently wrapped up in a project, Schofield is happy working on Call of Duty in the here and now, taking the development process day by day. But after Modern Warfare 3 ships, Schofield thinks it might be best for Sledgehammer to go off and make their own title.
“I think the best thing that could happen for Activision would be for us to both go off and make our own game. Whether that's a Call of Duty game or not is up in the air. I plan to continue working on Call of Duty.”