Infinity Ward: Activision Never Wanted Call of Duty To Go Modern


While it’s hard to feel sorry for a franchise as massively successful and critically acclaimed as Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the fact that, according to the game’s developers, Activision was deathly opposed to the idea of moving the franchise out of the World War II setting almost brings a tear to my eye.

In an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine (via CVG), Infinity Ward head Vince Zampella revealed that his team had been fighting with Activision over making a modern-day Call of Duty game going back to Call of Duty 2. But according to Zampella, “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.” This is what allowed IW to make the leap to consoles, which it had apparently always wanted to do but couldn’t because of Activision’s restrictions.

But when it finally came time for IW to start working on Modern Warfare, Activision once again stood firmly against the idea. “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,” Zampella said. And wrong they were, as Modern Warfare then went on to ship over 14 million units and garner countless awards along the way.

So the next time you’re enjoying a little Modern Warfare or drooling over footage from the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, give a little tip of the hat to IW for successfully navigating the treacherous world of Activision’s bottom-line-first mentality. See? You kind of want to cry a little. No?[Via g4tv]



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MW was good, MW2 is going to be great, why not would they want modern games. Makes them a ton of money.


Well Activision never wanted them to go modern. It takes out the "Call of Duty" in the thing. I understand why Activision would not want to make Modern war game. But they rather make good games than money.


Activision would've =fail if they didnt go modern


Why would you not want a game to go modern? I mean just look and see how popular Modern Warfare is. They sold millions of copies. There minds FAIL!lol


I can't beleive that Activision was so aginst a modern warfare game. They're really eating their words now, especially since Modern Warfare 2 is coming out next month and everybody is so hyped about it.


I think this is the equivalent of Ford saying "No thanks, we don't think that we will sell that many Mustangs"


I wonder what IW fans would do without Modern Warfare? CoD 4 brought out a new generation of War games, Instead of having a sniper that reloads EVERY time you shoot itm You can have a Barret that shoots insanely fast, Once again i dont know what i would play without CoD4


like it matters now Infinity Ward are sitting there like "i told you so" lmao


Wow! So a little bit more and we would have had no MW2, that would have sucked, never expected Activision to be against it at first


Very good news post. I did not expect Activison to be going against making it for Consoles and going modern. That surprises me, but yet new always surprises everyone.