Infinity Ward: Activision Wanted More World War II, 'Did Not Want Modern Warfare'

By Nick Breckon, Oct 06, 2009 6:01pm PDT While the decision to branch off from World War II PC shooters and create the Modern Warfare franchise seems a no-brainer in hindsight, developer Infinity Ward now says that its owner Activision was against the idea from the start, deeming the idea "risky" and requesting more games set in the 1940s. "With Call of Duty 2, we were dead set against it being World War 2," said Infinity Ward chief Vince Zampella to Official PlayStation Magazine, according to CVG.

"But Activision really wanted it, the compromise sort of being that we'd get some dev kits for consoles in exchange for doing a World War 2 game," he said. "We always wanted to be on consoles and Activision saw us as more of a PC developer."

"And something I'll add to that, Activision also did not want Modern Warfare. They thought working on a modern game was risky and [thought], 'oh my god you can't do that, it's crazy!' They were doing market research to show us we were wrong the whole time."

"We had to fight for everything," added Infinity Ward's Jason West. "They wanted it to be World War 2. Again."

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  • Who would of thought? Big companies and investors only want safebets to increase their income and never want to do anything new or innovative because it doesn't have tried and true numbers behind it.

    I know it's a safe bet, but I can't believe how stupid big companies are. Even if there is a moderate increase in income and you can milk it till it's dried up it causes a giant burn out. Alot of hardcore gamers in recent years have started losing interest in the gaming industry because of these strategies (myself included). We see almost nothing new or ingenious and get bored of the same old shit. Then the game companies wonder why it's not pulling in the same numbers anymore and throw more of the logic big companies use in other industries at it - turn up the quality of the product. In this case they add more people to make things look fancier, brighter, and shinier, but that doesn't fix the problem at all. Better graphics wont fix shotty gameplay, crappy storyline, and poor thought up game mechanics.

    I applaud infinity ward for fighting up stream as a few smaller companies that get swallowed by bigger ones are doing! That is the only way anything amazing will ever be born again. The next iteration in the same franchise is just going to be the same BS with a slightly different twist. Even Blizzard has started doing this with D3 and SC2.

    Safe bets are not always the BEST bets. Investors need to relearn how to invest rather then stare at pie-charts and look for statistically sound methods of increasing their wealth. If the numbers are doing all the work for them they really have no purpose.