Activision has announced that they will be opening a new Infinity Ward branch. Infinity Ward Poland will be assisting the main Infinity Ward branch in Los Angeles, California. However, it does seem like we won’t be seeing any exclusively European-developed games anytime soon, and we don’t know all the particulars yet.
While we do know that Michael Drobot, Infinity Ward’s Principal Rendering Engineer, will be heading up the new Polish studio, that’s essentially all we know. We don’t know when Infinity Ward Poland will open, how many developers they’ll employ, or what they’ll really be doing beyond just supporting the Los Angeles branch.
The opening of the Polish studio will likely help to ease up pressure on the new studio so that they don’t have to work as much, especially with just one studio. Less important work can be outsourced to the Polish branch while Infinity Ward LA does all of the important stuff, and considering the lackluster performance of Infinity Ward’s last two Call of Duty games, the opening of a new branch might be needed.
Both Call of Duty Ghosts and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare got fairly middling reviews when they were released, with Infinite Warfare generating a lot of controversy due to once again being set in the future, in a point in the franchise’s history where people are actually clamoring to go back to World War 2 after a decade of advancing in time.
With Sledgehammer Games’s Call of Duty WW2 being a resounding success, hopefully that means that Treyarch (who is next in line to make a game) will follow their lead, and Infinity Ward will do it afterward. And hopefully Infinity Ward Poland will do well enough that their contributions to Infinity Ward’s next game will end up being noticed, and them being given more responsibility.