Modern Warfare 3 Was a "Couldn't Miss" Opportunity
As far back as the Infinity Ward 'Wempella' debacle, we knew that Sledgehammer Games were working on a Call Of Duty title that promised to focus on action adventure rather than straightforward shooting. The studio was since tasked to assist the regenerated Infinity Ward with Modern Warfare 3, but that hasn't stopped them spilling a few new details about their mysterious project. It's currently on hiatus... but apparently it's still "pretty compelling."
In a video interview with Gamespot, the Sledgehammer co-founders suggest that their project - now six months into development and officially confirmed as a third person adventure title -
We came on board to make a third person action adventure game, in the Call of Duty franchise, and we were working on it about six months. -Activision general manager/Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield
We had a prototype together that was pretty compelling, and it looked really good. - Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey
However, the project was shelved due to an offer to work on Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward... which turned out to be an offer they couldn't refuse.
The opportunity to work on the biggest thing in the industry with Infinity Ward, that’s demonstrated that they know how to do exceptional software, was just an opportunity we couldn’t miss.There’s a lot of people on the team who have worked on Call of Duty before, who have worked on first-person shooters before, so there’s a lot of built-in knowledge about the first-person shooter genre and a lot of passionate gamers. Some guys on the floor are tenth level prestige in Black Ops. So it was a nice marriage of experience in the genre and kind of fan desire to work on this franchise.
Modern Warfare 3 is set for a November release, and a multiplayer reveal at the Call Of Duty XP event later this week. Afterwards, it's possible that Sledgehammer will continue working on their "compelling" new project - and we'll keep our ears to the gr0und.