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“60 FPS Gives Modern Warfare 3 Competitive Edge,” Claims Sledgehammer

Now, if I were to ask what you look for in a game, I’d highly doubt, or would hope not, that any of you say that it would be 60 FPS. Apparently Glen Schofield, General Manager for Sledgehammer Games thinks it is.

For those of you unaware, Sledgehammer are assisting Infinity Ward with the latest in the Call of Duty series. Schofield, in an interview with AusGamers, hyped up the graphics side, naming anonymous competition – Battlefield 3 jumps to mind instantly – that they will be the only shooter released in that period to be capable of this, and confidently stated that he was “not sure any of our competitors will”


Johan Andersson of DICE made a good counter-point on Twitter, stating that:

“We think huge levels, lots of players, great effects, destruction, vehicles & varied gameplay are more important than 1080p, how is that a shame? Name a single FPS game that runs at 1080p on any of the consoles? We would have to do huge gameplay cuts.”

As it stands, I’m looking forward to both games, but the rivalry is huge now – will make the situation even more interesting when the reviews flood in for both titles.

Activision VS Infinity Ward Case is Going to Trial

It’s been quite a long time since the initial shake-ups at Infinity Ward that led to Vince Zampella and Jason West quitting their jobs at Activision. Around that time Vince Zampella and Jason West filed several lawsuits against Activision and Activision sued right back. Looks like some of those cases may be finally going to trial. The cases that Vince and Jason filed against Activision are going to trial. Several months earlier the Activision cases went through to trial so this means that both sides, both seeking heavy damages, are going head to head.


If you missed the drama that happened a while back due to disagreements over how the Call of Duty name was being handled Vince and Jason fought Activision and ended up losing their jobs. They started a new studio in the mean time and Activision has released a new Call of Duty game in that time. As is the usual with court cases these were filed around the same time as the events that fractured Infinity Ward, but have just now come to fruition.


QotW: Do Yearly Releases Hurt Call of Duty’s Brand?

Another year, another Call of Duty! Modern Warfare 3 was unveiled earlier this week and… Well, it looks like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, again. Many people look down on the Call of Duty name due to the fact that it has yearly releases with relatively similar content. But sometimes it’s easy to forget that these titles actually see two years of development, thanks to two separate teams.


This week we ask a ‘what if’ question. What if the other team, Treyarch, didn’t exist? What if there was only one Call of Duty every two years? Do you think your image of the franchise would be different, or would you still view it as a cash in series? Or, if you’re on the flip side, do you enjoy the yearly releases? Would you gladly pick up multiple Call of Duty title each year?

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reveal Trailer

After a semi-boring teaser trailer, we actually get a full reveal trailer! As you can see, it is indeed Call of Duty. It is also indeed modern and warfare for the third time. After the jump you can see the trailer. As we heard with the previous leak, much of it takes place in cities around the world within the United States and Europe. But otherwise, it looks like Call of Duty.


The trend for the last couple of years is to have an actual full gameplay video at E3, generally during Microsoft’s conference. So unless Activision is pulling out something early, we should be seeing more then.


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Modern Warfare 3 Teaser Trailer

Do you like green lines? Activision must think we do, becuase that’s all you’ll see in this Modern Warfare 3 teaser! Well, that’s a lie. There’s some other stuff in here. “Am3rica” and a shortened logo for Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: MW3.


Earlier today Kotaku reported on quite a bit of leaked info on the third entry in the Modern Warfare series. According to their sources, the title takes place right where Modern Warfare 2 left off and will tie all the loose ends of the Modern Warfare series. That’s not to say the series will end though. Modern Warfare 3 will introduce a new cast of characters that will show up in future entries of Modern Warfare. Two that were particularly noted were Delta Force operatives “Frost” and “Sandman.” Fifteen missions are planned, starting with the invasion of Manhattan by Russia. Kotaku has leaked more story details, but they contain some major spoilers.


Kotaku’s sources also talked Multiplayer, saying fifteen to twenty maps will be in the title. Spec-ops: Missions will return along with Spec-ops: Survival. Survival has players fighting off wave after wave of enemies until they are finally overtaken. Kotaku even has some leaked assets as well.


The title is supposedly set for November 8th 2011. But again, all the information above is not confirmed. Infinity Ward developer Robert Bowling says some of the information is accurate, but not all of it.


Can’t wait for Call of Duty: My Wife 3, which will partially be set in Amthreeica. Trailer after the jump.


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Rumor: Modern Warfare 3 Reveal Next Month

A Call of Duty game this year? Unbelievable! But PlayStation Magazine’s teaser makes it seem likely that we’re about to get the third entry in the Modern Warfare series.  As you can see, the magazine shows a massive “3” in Modern Warfare font, with the text below saying “The biggest game in the world returns.”


After Modern Warfare 2, many developers left Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, founding Respawn Studios. Actvision has since filled out the team again, although whether or not this title is from them or Sledge Hammer Games is unknown.


(Source: Push Square)

Sledgehammer and Raven Software Both Set to Co-Develop Modern Warfare 3

Sledgehammer has now been confirmed to be working alongside Infinity Ward in the development of Modern Warfare 3, the latest entry in the popular Call of Duty series. Honestly, this isn’t much of a surprise at all, seeing as how job listings for Sledgehammer openly announced that the company would be working on the next CoD game.

Apparently, the two companies are “equally sharing” development for the Campaign feature, while another company, namely Raven Software, will be developing the multiplayer aspect.

Infinity Ward has gone through a lot of turmoil lately since Activision fired Jason West and Vince Zampella, the head guys over at Infinity Ward, so it was pretty apparent that Infinity Ward wasn’t going to be able to handle this task alone. Sledgehammer was working on a Call of Duty spinoff before the upheaval at Infinity Ward, but have now put that project on hold to focus on Modern Warfare 3.

As is the norm for CoD, the game is expected for release in November 2011. It just goes to show how massive CoD has really become, seeing as there are 4 different companies working on it at once (including Treyarch, who recently developed Black Ops).

(Source: CVG)

38 Infinity Ward Employees File Lawsuit Against Activision Over Unpaid Royalties

Activision is most likely not very happy right now. Why? 38, yes 38, employees of their all-star developer Infinity Ward are now filing a lawsuit the company.

Activision has been holding back about 75 million to 125 million dollars back from the developers. Activision, using this unpaid money, was trying to “keep the employees hostage,” according to the lawsuit.

Activision, when questioned about the lawsuit by G4TV, replied “Activision believes the action is without merit. Activision retains the discretion to determine the amount and the schedule of bonus payments for MW2 and has acted consistent with its rights and the law at all times. We look forward to getting judicial confirmation that our position is right.

After the jump, you can find the full list of employees involved. Some of the employees have already left Infinity Ward, but a large chunk are still at the studio. Who knows for how long though.

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Seven Ex-Infinity Ward Members Join Respawn Entertainment

Ex-Infinity Ward members are starting to regroup at Jason Wests and Vince Zampella’s new company – Respawn Entertainment.

Get ready for a long list. Lead designer Mackey McCandlish, programmer Jon Shiring, lead animator Mark Grisby, lead environmental artist Chris Cherubini, lead animator John Paul Messerly, lead designer Todd Alderman, and software engineer Rayme C. Vinson have all joined Respawn entertainment.

That means nine of the eleven members who left, or were forced to leave, Infinity Ward are now at Respawn Entertainment. There is a good chance we may see some more employees make the move as well.

Hopefully the team will be able to get things pulled together soon and start on a project.

(Source: G4TV)

Two More Employees Leave Infinity Ward; Insider Says Developer is “Dead”

A few days ago, two more employees left Infinity Ward. John Paul Messerly, Lead Character Animator, and Mark Grigsby, lead animator who each served at least five years.

With nearly a dozen employees leaving the developer, one has to wonder how this effecting the team. An insider from Activision who contacted Kotaku described the situation of the team.

They’re scared shitless,” said Kotaku’s inside source. They never saw this coming. They can’t believe what’s going on. At first they gave us some bullshit about moving up payments of all the money they owe us to sooner increments. That was when [designer] Todd [Alderman] and [engineer] Frank [Gigliotti] left. But with the announcement of Respawn and all the people leaving, they just got there heads in their hands.”

The insider said the publisher has lost their trust, and “IW as you know it is dead…and it will continue to crumble.” He expects more reports of Infinity Ward members leaving soon.

Another unnamed Infinity Wary member argued against the “dead” statement. “First off, yes, it is a shitty situation, but there are two kinds of people left: ones that are sticking it out for the money, and others who want to make something work. We are not dead, we definitely lost original team members, but not all of the talent.” He goes on to say “We are here for the long haul of keeping the Modern Warfare name alive.

What a messy situation.

(2 Leaving Source: Joystiq)