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Activision calls for backup to help finish Modern Warfare 3 by November 2011

Call of Duty isn't going into space just yet. The rumored futuristic take on the series has been delayed as its developer, Sledgehammer Studios, has been called in to assist Infinity Ward with finishing Modern Warfare 3 in time for a November 2011 release.

Activision's multi-team schemes were recently revealed in the Los Angeles Times. The firing of Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella left Infinity Ward in a weakened state and led the two of them to EA. It's a bit ironic that Actvision has now brought in former EA developers to help them finish their game.



Sledgehammer's not the only team working to help IW. Activision's FPS-house Raven is working on the multiplayer components of the high profile sequel. No word on whether this has delayed production on any of Raven's internal titles.

Jan 21, 2011

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43 comments

  • UMP45master - January 25, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    yeah baby!!! i hope they have the UMP45 in the game and put nukes. 249 nukes so far!!! I am the best player in the world with the UMP45. Fact.
  • SickPigeon - January 24, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    Sounds like another disaster that hackers & cheats will love. I won't expect this to be a finely tuned Ready for release game when it's released
  • centrip - January 24, 2011 11:16 a.m.

    To the devs: Spend 90% of your time making the multiplayer UNHACKABLE.
  • Y2Ken - January 24, 2011 10:14 a.m.

    I find it a little odd that people don't like Black Ops, it's nicely balanced and a really strong entry in the series. That said, there's something about the maps that makes them seem less interesting, despite them being better gameplay-wise than MW2's maps.
  • kachigop - January 23, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    At least they're doing whatever it takes to meet their deadline. I can't blame them knowing all the hate IW would receive if they, (gasp), had to delay the release. It would be a fanboy massacre and there would probably be some stupid boycott too.
  • oryandymackie - January 23, 2011 7:32 p.m.

    Simple solution, everyone. Persuade everyone you know to buy TES V: Skyrim instead.
  • jondaven - January 23, 2011 4:54 p.m.

    Call of Duty is essentially two franchises, one made by Infinity Ward, and the other by Treyarch.
  • Reaperman64 - January 23, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    So most of IW became re-spawn and bungee is now independent... Jump to conclusions anyone ?
  • kratos2144 - January 23, 2011 6:32 a.m.

    Why am I not surprised their rushing it?
  • Zepaw - January 23, 2011 6:28 a.m.

    I am one of the seeming minority who respect GamesRadar for giving Modern Warfare 2 a 10, that game was phenomenal. I don't yet know what to think about Modern Warfare 3. I think part of it is I don't really care. I was blown away by MW2 and don't expect the same to happen again. To try to go over the already over the top game would just be farcical. Since the people who laid the foundation for MW2's greatness are gone I have little hope my expectations will be proven wrong. I was first in line of about 200 to get MW2 at midnight outside in a Minnesota winter. I doubt I will even buy MW3.
  • freddyqaqualung - January 23, 2011 5:40 a.m.

    I totally echo BlOps feeling stale, and that it's pretty much a train wreck, at least on PS3, what with that rumor going around that Treyarch is going to shut down the servers to solve the problems that people have. That makes sense :/ Unless the next CoD game is truly amazing and not another stale unbalanced mess that only gets care and testing on the 360. That's such crap.
  • celticsfan645 - January 22, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    I did not get CoD until WAW, and i didnt get LIVE until MW2, so im a little behind the curve of intrest in this game. But you guys are right. I have a feeling that this franchise is in decline. Its tony Hawk all over again. *sob*
  • spideralex90 - January 22, 2011 9:58 p.m.

    Only going to buy 3 so that I can finish the series. After that, I hope the series dies. Activision kills everything.
  • Grimmjow - January 22, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    and if Activision doesnt win the lawsuit in May ( isure as hell hope they dont)...all this pre-development will have gone to waste when they will no longer be allowed to make MW games
  • talkraider - January 22, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    I hope the multiplayer is more like MW2. The unbalancedness was fun, more fun than black ops anyway.
  • NaughtySnape - January 22, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    I'm in it for the story, not for the gameplay or multiplayer
  • Ironarm - January 22, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    We can all complain all we want to, but as long as the CoD games keep selling the way they do every November there will be no stop to it. I blame the "Bro gamers". They'll always buy the new CoD due to their IQ being that of a moss covered rock.
  • NightCrawler_358 - January 22, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    it's definitely time for Call of duty to take a long break. They're good games, but Activision will milk them dry, which they've already started.
  • shadowreaper72 - January 22, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    Um yeah if MW3 is anything like the train wreck that was Black Ops on the PS3 then count me out.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - January 22, 2011 5:29 p.m.

    Even though I got Black Ops on the first day it came out, I'd been losing interest in the series ever since MW2. I love Raven, but even that won't stop me from getting the Halo CE remake instead of MW3.

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