Activision Blizzard detail massive Call of Duty shake up – including a non FPS game
Following on from yesterday’s odd sequence of events, Activision Blizzard has come out with all guns blazing.
PS3 Attitude received a statement late last night detailing where the Call of Duty franchise is heading – and it contained a couple of surprises.
First up is the creation of a new Call of Duty business unit, headed up by Philip Earl, who currently runs Activision Publishing’s Asia Pacific region. As speculated yesterday, Jason West and Vince Zampella are no longer with Infinity Ward, and Activision Publishing’s Steve Pearce, chief technology officer and Steve Ackrich, head of production, will lead Infinity Ward on an interim basis.
We can expect a new Call of Duty game from Treyarch this fall, and Infinity Ward is in development on the first two downloadable map packs for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – which will be released sometime in 2010.
The big news is it seems that the Call of Duty franchise will no longer be limited to being an FPS. Activision Blizzard had the following to say;
“The company is also for the first time announcing that a new game in the Call of Duty series is expected to be released in 2011 and that Sledgehammer Games, a newly formed, wholly owned studio, is in development on a Call of Duty game that will extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre.
Sledgehammer is helmed by industry veterans Glen A. Schofield and Michael Condrey. Prior to joining Activision Publishing, Schofield was the Executive Producer of the award-winning game, Dead Space and Michael Condrey was the Sr. Development Director on the game. The Dead Space franchise has won more than 80 industry awards worldwide including the prestigious A.I.A.S. Action Game of the Year and two B.A.F.T.A.S.”
We have conflicted emotions on this whole subject. We can’t deny that Sledgehammer Games is being led by some top people – Dead Space was a gem – but to have three teams working on a franchise seems ridiculous. Infinity Ward also seem to have been demoted to map packs rather than full blown games – for now at least.
What are your views? Is this the shake up the franchise needed, or is Activision Blizzard milking this for all its worth? Perhaps we should wait until ‘Call of Duty: Modern WarKarts’ is announced before we start worrying.