Call of Duty has been around for a long time, bringing emotions and intense battles of the world wars to life and then transitioning to the modern era of warfare. All of that was portrayed in a first person perspective.
However, how many of you would have liked to play a Call of Duty game in third person? It’s not that the idea of it was never pitched to Activision and the game even went into development. So what exactly happened? Why was the game scraped?
Founder of Sledgehammer Games Michael Condrey has some answers for us.
The idea to a third person Call of Duty spin-off was presented to President of Activision Bobby Kotick by Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey. Activision liked the idea and gave the go ahead.
“Imagine everything you love about, say, Uncharted in the Call of Duty fiction and wrapping and we thought that was going to be a big hit. You know, history changed the course of events with Call of Duty, and we had an opportunity to take this team of skilled developers and co-develop Modern Warfare 3.” Says Condrey
By “history changed course of events” he means the dispute between Activision and the founders of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella.
Due to this dispute, both Jason West and Zampella along with other integral members of the development staff left. This caused the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to be in a very sensitive position.
Then, to rescue Modern Warfare 3 from going into development hell, Bobby Kotick asked Sledgehammer Games to step in.
Sledgehammer had to abandon their six months of hard work on that third person Call of Duty game and join the development of Modern Warfare 3.
In the end everything went well for all parties involved. The developers who left, later formed Respawn Entertainment and created Titanfall and Sledgehammer Games were responsible for one of the best selling Call of Duty games.
“It’s kind of a Cinderella story when you describe it, but then to be given the baton to work on the new Call of Duty is something else. Everyone knew we were standing on the shoulders of giants with great games before us. Expectations were off the chart. It was like all or nothing, and now we’re here.”
Now that all is sorted out, hopefully the intriguing third person idea will once again be resurrected.
Sledgehammer is currently preparing for the release of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. The game is due out on November 4 across all major platforms.