Eurogamer 2014 at Earls Court (EGX), London on Saturday 27th September was one of the busiest days of the event – and with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare taking a prime central spot on the show floor it looked like it was getting a great deal of the much deserved attention from the fans. For the hardcore and those interested in the art direction of the new franchise addition, Studio Head, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, Glen Schofield, gave a great presentation on the matter which is viewable above.
Having previously played the EGX build at Gamescom ’14 in Cologne, Germany, the new Exoskeleton suit is a major positive highlight! Playing multiplayer has now completely changed within Call of Duty and for the better since you can literally be killed by anyone in any direction – it’s the biggest and most needed change in the history of Call of Duty. With the Exoskeleton suit new strategies have to be thought through since enemies can climb buildings, jump higher, acquire tactical playing abilities such as shields, and it all seems to distance the age-old tradition of sitting in corners with Sniper Rifles – finally “Camping” might have been wiped out in Advanced Warfare!
Following the art direction presentation from Glen Schofield, I, along with many others in attendance was granted permission to go to a different room to give further questions and take photographs with the man himself. As thisisxbox.com has a long running piece of history with Modern Warfare 4 rumours since sitting on the plane with the voice actor of Captain Price, I asked the burning question, “Was Modern Warfare 4 considered or ever an option?” Schofield replied “it was considered and discussed, but never taken forward.” before generalising on how a futuristic setting was always the main focus for the future of Sledgehammer Games Call of Duty.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will launch on November 4th 2014
This week in Arizona, a behind-closed-doors PlayStation 4 event took place where publishers showcased some of this years top titles to major retailers. It was said that among the games line-up was this years Call of Duty from Sledgehammer Games, the next entry in the Modern Warfare series. Twitter user Lokiolr relayed what he was told from his boss who could have blatently ignored his non-disclosure agreement!
Kind of jealous, my boss and our buyer are at DPS (Destination PlayStation) this week, a retail sneak peak event.
Activision’s Call of Duty is the phenomenon that raised the bar for first person shooters on a home console and without its success you might not be playing many of its rival games with their aim to take a stake in the market share – otherwise known as piggybacking off the success of others! It’s quite a logical concept to assume that the popularity of EA’s Battlefield franchise is largely down to Call of Duty gamer’s and their love of first person shooters; whilst you have the war against realism and tactics (Battlefield) with casual and frantic (Call of Duty) where a minority is likely to stick to just one of the two and never touch the other, Call of Duty is the widely known and most played first person shooter in the world racking in more than 100 Million copies sold as at 2011. You might be surprised to learn that there is a Call of Duty title to date on around 18 different platforms including mobile devices.
Without World War II, there wouldn’t have been a Call of Duty since it’s original gameplay was based on various parts of the World War II era taking players to fight in Russia, France and Japan through it’s 1940’s chapters. With developers Infinity Ward, Spark Unlimited and Grey Matter Interactive (who merged into Treyarch) allowing us to fight freely as soldiers during this time – founding developers Infinity Ward had idea’s to take the franchise to a whole new level completely. In 2007 a Modern Warfare was born, a whole new fictional war with iconic characters that changed the face of Call of Duty forever; it attracted millions of new players and is considered to be the best game in the series. Following its release World War II was on its last legs with Treyarch’s Call of Duty: World at War, and then the franchise has broken off into different directions.
Currently, we have Modern Warfare, Black Ops and Ghosts as the new three main Call of Duty era’s. Modern Warfare is undoubtedly on its deathbed having had three titles already released in that fictional war period with possibly a fourth and final swan song yet to be announced. Modern Warfare 4 could come this year from Sledgehammer Games and finalise the Modern Warfare franchise, leading it to its grave with an almighty finale. First outed by the voice of Captain Price in 2012, the development of Modern Warfare 4 has neither been confirmed or denied. Other Modern Warfare rumours has suggested a game that takes players right back to the beginning and see the whole war from a different viewpoint as players re-visit key areas.
Unfortunately Call of Duty: Ghosts 2 has already been confirmed from Infinity Ward, one of the most lack lustre and plain campaigns in the whole series is set to return so this almost all but confirms their departure from the Modern Warfare franchise. Treyarch, whilst their next title will not ship until 2015, it is unlikely to be Modern Warfare related and no surprises for Black Ops 3, as per Modern Warfare it is a successful branch on the Call of Duty tree that need not die off just yet. Sledgehammer Games will release a next-gen focussed Call of Duty this year, but if it is not the obvious (Modern Warfare 4) they could surprise with something the world forgot about from around four years ago…
… Call of Duty: Future Warfare!
A rampant halo-esque sci-fi Call of Duty that takes gamers into space and perhaps other planets! Fighting a war against two factions from different worlds or maybe just to defend the Earth from UFO’s – who knows! What is certain is that Activision continue to renew the domain name CallofDutyFutureWarfare.com and although it links to no hosted website, it does go to prove that a future based warfare game is or could be on the cards for a later date. Sledgehammer games could start their own story franchise within the Call of Duty universe to allow them to develop a new game in its own right instead of visiting the past with Infinity Wards Modern Warfare (although they helped ship Modern Warfare 3) and nothing is ever like a new console to ship a new IP.
When Sledgehammer Games finally reveal this years Call of Duty – we’ll keep you posted. Going on past examples expect more details around April/May time which will come sooner than you think and we can all forget that Call of Duty: Ghosts doesn’t exist!
In an Investor Call this week from Activision, CEO Eric Hirshberg announced that Sledgehammer Games are joining Treyarch and Infinity Ward as the third lead developer on the franchise to allow for a new three year development cycle. Previously the instalments were lead by Infinity Ward and Treyarch who released their versions of Call of Duty every other year. For 2014, Sledgehammer Games will be releasing their first developed iteration since parting ways with Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3.
I am sure no one needs to be reminded again that Modern Warfare 4 has possibly been in development for a few years since voice actor Billy Murray claimed attending a meeting to voice a 4th Modern Warfare in 2012. No specifics for this years Call of Duty has yet been revealed.
Quoted by Hirsgberg:
The change will give our designers more time to envision and innovate for each title … It will give our content creators more focus on DLC and micro-DLC which … have become large and high-margin opportunities and significant engagement drivers. It will give our teams more time to polish, helping to ensure that we deliver the best possible experience to our fans each and every time.
Praise was also given to Sledgehammer Games for their development on Modern Warfare 3 and that they are expected to “bring fresh ideas and creativity to this great franchise and to raise the bar for next-gen games overall”
Anyone who is a fan of Call of Duty, and can remember the news late 2012 where actor Billy Murray and voice of Captain Price talked to me about the next Modern Warfare game he was soon to have meetings about voicing (the 4th Modern Warfare) might actually surface this year!
With Infinity Ward focussing solely on Call of Duty: Ghosts, it appears that Sledgehammer Games who co-developed Modern Warfare 3 might have taken over the reigns and will release what could be the fourth and (perhaps) final instalment in the Modern Warfare era games; could this be the end for Captain Price, a finale to end the Modern Warfare period with a bang?
It’s way too early for any “official” announcements, but despite the cover-ups where Billy Murray denied saying anything about Modern Warfare, and then back-tracked it into voicing the Call of Duty Online for China which just seemed to re-use a lot of previous assets since it’s a mix of older Call of Duty maps online?
If development for a new Modern Warfare 4 had started in 2012 as implied by the conversation on “THAT” plane October 29th 2012, it’s release would most likely have been 2014 with the typical two year development cycle. It’s also possible that since Sledgehammer Games are recruiting for next-gen development staff as advertised on LinkedIn, Modern Warfare could set to be very explosive on our Xbox One’s.
It does seem very likely that Call of Duty this year will be released by Sledgehammer Games, but will it be Modern Warfare 4, a game that was once rumoured to include flashback’s to Ghost’s (MW2) secret past and revisit key areas of all Modern Warfare in a different view point, or will it be something new completely. Either way, let’s hope Spec Ops Survival is set to make a return to the franchise this year!
We’ll keep you posted when we hear of any further developments – below is a screengrab of when a Sledgehammer Games employee outed the next Modern Warfare game on LinkedIn last summer.
Call of Duty: Ghosts – There are those who wear masks to protect themselves. And there are those who wear masks to protect us all. See the world premiere of Call of Duty: Ghosts May 21st.
So… the next-gen Call of Duty will be revealed on the same day as the next-gen Xbox console during the Microsoft event LIVE on May 21st 2013.
Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward. “We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we’re building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can’t wait to share them with our community.
To see an exclusive first look at Call of Duty: Ghosts tune in to Xbox: the Next Generation Revealed on 21st May at 6PM GMT on Xbox.com or Xbox LIVE for the debut of the all-new game from Infinity Ward.
How on earth are we going to contain ourselves until then?
Call of Duty for the current-gen Xbox 360 has been leaked early thanks to Tesco Direct who has since pulled down the listing from their online website in the UK. Titled ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ with the official box-art nothing much else is known than that it is from Infinity Ward.
Here’s the box art:
Activision has not made any official announcements about the title, but a next-gen exclusive Call of Duty is rumoured to be in development from Sledgehammer Games for the new Xbox when it is revealed on May 21st this year.
When official announcements are in – we’ll keep you updated as it happens.
How do you feel about Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty branching out of the Modern Warfare era?
Having been seen to spruce up their Facebook page with new found images of an aging Captain Price, Infinity Ward are now teasing the Call of Duty community with images of Ghost (who appeared to have died in a Modern Warfare 2 petrol blaze) on the menu of Modern Warfare 3. Are they trying to tell us something?
The image shown below is available to view online when you load up Modern Warfare 3. As today is April Fools a playlist update has also gone live with a few title re-writes – it’s worth checking out for the fun of it.
An official Call of Duty reveal is expected within the next few weeks for the game that is likely to appear on both current and next-gen systems in 2013.
We’ll keep you posted on all official announcements as soon as the details are in.
Infinity Ward has changed their cover picture on Facebook to a large black and white shot of the face of Captain Price, the lead within all the Modern Warfare games developed by Infinity Ward from 2007 onwards. To do this at a time right now can only be to fuel speculation about the next game in the series.
Modern Warfare 4 was confirmed to thisisxbox during a flight home from Bodrum Turkey to London last October 2012. A conversation denied by both the voice actor Billy Murray and developers I.W as having any relevance to Modern Warfare 4. Since that time period there have been a number of other rumours and videos surface all over the internet – but almost all Call of Duty reveals are around April / May time – and now that time is drawing near.
With the current attention that rival FPS game Battlefield 4 has been receiving lately, leaves us wondering if Infinity Ward are craving a little limelight in their direction. We think that the next Modern Warfare game will not be revealed until Microsoft announce the new Xbox console for 2013, Call of Duty has the ‘Xbox First’ deal and until a new Xbox console, the focus will be on Sony’s PS4 for the next-gen game and it’s likely stunning next-gen visuals.
When official announcements are in – we’ll keep you updated.
Modern Warfare 4 – well, what a history thisisxbox has with that title from the day I sat on the plane journey home from a holiday in Turkey next to voice of Captain Price himself. You can read more about that trip via this direct link where the fourth entry into the Modern Warfare series was confirmed, but then later denied.
Infinity Ward on the other hand has never denied the title’s existence only that they deny speaking to voice actors in the game, and then apparently it was all meant to relate to the Modern Warfare for China which just all sounds too dodgy since that game recycles voice assets from the previous games.
Activision and its Call of Duty developers has not confirmed this years title in the series, but a new trailer has surface on both Vimeo and Youtube. Unlike the rather crap fan-made movie about Ghosts rising, this trailer does have a more authentic feel to it with the impression that an unknown enemy is out to wipe the identity of Captain Price…
…it’s not me, I swear.
Here’s the trailer – whether it’s real or fake you still can’t help but feel that exciting tingle for another Call of Duty.