Infinity Ward considering new franchises

Activision exec says Modern Warfare 2 developer not having problems securing talent; future title not limited to Call of Duty--but will likely be a shooter.

The studio behind the billon dollar game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 might not make its sequel but could instead begin work on an all-new game with a fresh development team.

In an interview with VG247, Activision executive president Dave Stohl offered some hints at the future of Infinity Ward, which was founded in 2002. He said the development house is having no problem securing talent, despite the mass exodus following the firing of studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West.

What's next for Infinity Ward?

"Recruiting at Infinity Ward is not a problem. What we’re trying to do is say that Infinity Ward is a culture; it’s a way of doing things," he said. "There’s a lot of people there, and there’s still a lot of passion for doing it. We’re trying to rebuild, trying to help them and support them to rebuild. So people are stepping up, new people are coming in, and we’re setting the bar so high."

When pressed for comment regarding Infinity Ward's future, Stohl wouldn't say much but did note the next property is likely to stick true to the studio's previous efforts.

"We’re not saying right now. There is definitely a strong shooter philosophy there, for sure," the executive said. "And I think that there’s a short- and long-term view on the whole thing. But I think we’re rebuilding a studio that can go off and build great new franchises in the future."

Ironically, Activision's suit against Zampella and West is based on the grounds that the duo were attempting to create new franchises; the exact thing Activision now wants to do with the studio.

Whatever happens to the suburban Los Angeles developer, Treyarch is bringing the next Call of Duty property, Black Ops, to market in November. Set to release November 9, the shooter is centered on various regional and guerrilla conflicts that broke out during the Cold War. For more on the new game, check out GameSpot's preview and stage demo (embedded below).

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xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

@GBPackersrule Funny Stuff! I agree...how about: Call of Duty: Never Ending Story Call of Duty: The Arcade Game (Wait....that is what COD is...my mistake) Call of Duty: The Espionage Game Call of Duty: Paint Ball Call of Duty: Kiss Your Money Goodbye Call of Duty: Endless Kill Streaks

MileyPrower
MileyPrower

Interesting... Now, this may be off-topic, but I have to say this... What's with Activision's lawsuit anyway? I never understood it... Now, seeing this, I REALLY don't get it...

Cidious84
Cidious84

@ GBPackersrule : Call of Duty : Monopoly....TRULY EPIC !!!

Takeno456
Takeno456

In my opinion, Call of Duty has a good single player and an average multiplayer. I would like to see the company make a more realistic shooter. You know, one that doesn't make every side exactly the same in weapons, equipment and tactics. Brazilian gangs with stealth bombers and high tech weaponry just seems lame to me. Also it would be nice to have more balanced, realistic damage because I don't think a knife slash across the arm should be an instant kill. However the masses decide what’s popular and apparently run and gun noob style killing is in right now.

cjasko94
cjasko94

After Black Ops who knows whats next lmao

zidan4000
zidan4000

@GBPackersrule you forgot about Call of Duty:Kinect and Call of Duty:Move

metalkid9
metalkid9

They were considering a new IP for a while now. It was only because Activision was forcing them to focus on COD. Well it's too late now. All their top dogs are gone. IW sucks now and I won't be buying any COD, IW and Activision related games.

y0ur_grandma
y0ur_grandma

I said it once and I'll said it again... Respawn > IW IW must die for being traitors and staying with the devil (Activision).

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

Great. Another franchise to be milked. The future of Call of Duty is pretty much sealed. Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: RTS Call of Duty: RPG Call of Duty: Kart Racer (insert picture of Shepard throwing bombs back at Ghost and MacMillan) Call of Duty: Space Warfare Call of Duty: Modern Healthcare Call of Duty: The Clothing Line Call of Duty: Modern Healthcare 2 (featuring new insurance compaines and an intense E.R operation Co-op mode) Call of Duty: The Movie Call of Duty: Wings of Duty (a flight game like HAWX or Ace Combat 6) Call of Duty: Monopoly Call of Duty: Electronics (TV and game console made by Activision that plays only COD.) Sadly, not too far from reality.

Barighm
Barighm

Woah. Now there's a surprise. One LESS Call of Duty title in the future? Out of Activision no less? It must be a full moon. But it's still a shooter, so meh to that. I'm passing on even the good shooters these days just because there's so many.

tiao564
tiao564

first everybody went for ww2 for its good vs evil then to modern day because of the cold war. My vote is a future settting sure there have been quite a few. but it alwase makes a place for creativity and new killing tools.

Gammet25
Gammet25

Although Modern Warfare 2 did lack as a healthy story, i do want to see how how it will end with soap and the Americans and the Russians. Modern warfare 3 just too overkill?

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

Come on infinity ward just make a WW1 game! Unless its COD then i cant stand another Modern setting.

D3thN1gh7
D3thN1gh7

It will be interesting to see what Infinity Ward will come up with. I always like it when a company decides to branch off from a long time franchise and make something completely new. I just hope it's going to be good.

joeallen06
joeallen06

tbh i wont to see what happens to price and soap so bring on mw3

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

I won't buy any COD game that includes TI. I'm sick of boosters. I don't get why they still boosting, the game in its last months. and the leaderboard is messed up. what's the point?

myungish
myungish

the sheer fact that this is even newsworthy just tells you how much of a one trick pony IW has been. game developers are MEANT to constantly look for fresh and original ideas; its a given. good job fellas, you're doing your job. now what do you want a ribbon?

racing1750
racing1750

IW are talented. I wanna see them make something thats not call of duty.

razorwind56
razorwind56

How are they going to make another COD...they lost all their top talent?!?!?!?!

green_dominator
green_dominator

Infinity Ward should change their name and leave Activision. Nothing good will come from staying with the enemy.....

spookyblade
spookyblade

activision don't deserve the help and profit of infinity ward and the COD series, IW should just move on to another publisher that does not SUCK!

spookyblade
spookyblade

They should make there own version of sniper, they are good at those set pieces in COD

grgcucu
grgcucu

They fired the producers of mw2 and as I saw in the news almost everybody that made mw2 left... And they want the same stunnig result from mw2... Whatever, it was stunnig just by looking at their income but looking at the game... No thanks!

Crimsader
Crimsader

Nice! I wanna see a game made by them which is not Call of Duty. How would it look like...

Vishant
Vishant

@Amnesiac23, i think it was more in the region of 20 to 30. But do agree, IW should do different IPs

zzyoshiman
zzyoshiman

.....in other news the pope is catholic

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

Activision has filled EAs old crazy shoes quite nicely. Don't get me wrong though. I want to see Infinity Ward do something besides Call of Duty...it's just a shame that they had to let two talented guys go before they realised it was actually a good idea.

AssassinJul95
AssassinJul95

Well, now that the 'old breed' from IW have left, I guess we can hopefully look forward to fresh new talent and not those money-sucking guys that made MW2, which I am proud to say I did not buy...best not get my hopes up for some really good products though...it's still IW :(

Nojan2009
Nojan2009

Naaaw, and i was excited about "Douchbag camping warfare 3

Franzkill
Franzkill

Well you know it sounded SO GOOD up to the point where they said ''It will likely be a shooter''. So great to know that Infinity Ward are constantly broadening their horizons and trying other game genres.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

Sooo.... Activision fires West and Zampella for wanting to start a new franchise. Activision now wants Infinity Ward to start a new franchise... I'm pretty sure Bobby Kotick has some form of mental illness.

loksta87
loksta87

And FYI, MOH is not a "hybrid" of BC2 and MW2. That's more like BC3 because it still feels all heavy and you don't have the feel that you're really controlling the character. It still feels super slow and also like your gun weighs like 85 lbs.

loksta87
loksta87

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joeborg14
joeborg14

And here we are to witness the fall of the CoD franchise... PS: I still say CoD4 was the last good one they had.

thrasher510
thrasher510

Why do we call the first Modern Warfare, COD4? And Call of Duty 6, MW2?

Fusco1980
Fusco1980

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lostclanz_30
lostclanz_30

If they do make a MW3, I think they should have DICE do their multiplayer just like what they did with the new Medal of Honor.

efunk25
efunk25

The people behind MW2 all left. They need to quit staking claim to that game. The new revamped IW has given us nothing yet.

Jesse-Ray
Jesse-Ray

I find it hard to imagine another MW story, not to be outdone by titles before it, there'd almost have to be another Armageddon plot involving our two invincible protagonists and as much as I love the SAS plot I can't imagine another doing justice to the franchise. I'm guessing people will be jumping to MOH not just because it's promise. Nasty industry where a company ditches the developers that made it hundreds of millions to make another MW to sell out on its success.

petemig
petemig

As long as they are affiliated with Craptivision, they are guilty of sucking by association. Period.