Sledgehammer Games Working On Call of Duty "Action-Adventure"

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Posted by Jeff (3670 posts) -

 Glen A. Schofield - The new face of Call of Duty?
"Jason West and Vince Zampella are no longer with Infinity Ward." That's the official statement from Activision about yesterday's dismissal. That line is buried in a press release focusing on the future of the Call of Duty series along with these other things:


What?

One Vincent Caravella, when presented with this information, immediately said "so, they're making God of Warfare?" But you can hear that for yourself on tonight's podcast.

Additionally, Activision is forming a new business unit around the Call of Duty franchise to combine resources and bring to COD "the same focus seen in its Blizzard Entertainment business unit." But so far, all of this is starting to sound more like Guitar Hero circa 2009 than anything Blizzard's been doing lately. 
 
Editor's note: The original version of this article misinterpreted the releasse to mean that Sledgehammer's COD game would be released in 2011. No release date for this product has been announced. Giant Bomb regrets the error.
#1 Posted by Jeff (3670 posts) -

 Glen A. Schofield - The new face of Call of Duty?
"Jason West and Vince Zampella are no longer with Infinity Ward." That's the official statement from Activision about yesterday's dismissal. That line is buried in a press release focusing on the future of the Call of Duty series along with these other things:


What?

One Vincent Caravella, when presented with this information, immediately said "so, they're making God of Warfare?" But you can hear that for yourself on tonight's podcast.

Additionally, Activision is forming a new business unit around the Call of Duty franchise to combine resources and bring to COD "the same focus seen in its Blizzard Entertainment business unit." But so far, all of this is starting to sound more like Guitar Hero circa 2009 than anything Blizzard's been doing lately. 
 
Editor's note: The original version of this article misinterpreted the releasse to mean that Sledgehammer's COD game would be released in 2011. No release date for this product has been announced. Giant Bomb regrets the error.
#2 Posted by Dynamitekyle (561 posts) -

This is odd.

#3 Posted by Bigandtasty (3204 posts) -

I guess they're milking COD to make up for less Guitar Hero games this year.

#4 Posted by eroticfishcake (7792 posts) -

My head is exploding right now.

#5 Posted by Crocio (542 posts) -

So, an action game with more cutscenes?
 
If it ain't got puzzles, it's no adventure.

#6 Posted by goodwood (600 posts) -

wow this franchise is getting raped.

#7 Posted by smaddeys (46 posts) -

wonder what the new CoD game will be?

#8 Posted by chickendoughnut (87 posts) -

noooooooooo

#9 Posted by Skytylz (4039 posts) -

I don't care

#10 Posted by Double0hFor (410 posts) -

COD is now forever ruined

#11 Posted by BigChief (503 posts) -

So I guess they're not even trying to hide the fact that they're milking the Call of Duty name for all it's worth? That would almost be refreshingly honest if it weren't so damned reprehensible.
 
Interesting times, people. Interesting times.

#12 Posted by Kontrapunkt (413 posts) -

Ok. great. :|

#13 Posted by TheKing (844 posts) -

Activision is dead to me.

#14 Posted by SomeGuy890 (122 posts) -

I...What...?...Uhhh...Okay?
#15 Posted by Beomoose (701 posts) -

Nooooo, it burns us!

#16 Posted by AndrewB (7691 posts) -

My fellow video game players, please remember this when you're thinking about dropping another $60 on a game just because it has that "Call of Duty" name attached to it.

#17 Posted by superscatman (84 posts) -

they are getting into a really bad trend...

#18 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6398 posts) -

Seriously?  I'd like to have heard the business meeting where that idea came up.  What kinds of idiotic yes-men are they looking for at this point?

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#19 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

I don't want anymore call of duty, ok?  Stop making them.

#20 Posted by DjTann3r (215 posts) -

Yay! Greed in America!!

#21 Posted by Oy (280 posts) -

The next COD game will be titled:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Adventures in the Land of Nyroth: 3.

#22 Posted by Lazlow (122 posts) -

Action-adventure COD...uhh.. what..?

#23 Posted by Mawryk (135 posts) -

I'm just waiting for the subscription supported World of Warfare next.

#24 Posted by CornontheCobbe (2645 posts) -

Hmm, i don't like where things are going with this really.

#25 Posted by Nadril (548 posts) -
@Double0hFor: 
 
Now?
#26 Posted by Jolt92 (1585 posts) -

I'm not even surprised.

#27 Posted by skippyscissors (388 posts) -

Well, the Bombcast will be extra entertaining tonight...

#28 Posted by Pie (7112 posts) -

Wow, this is big news right? 
Whats going to happen to the Call of duty franchise now...

#29 Posted by Chewii101 (822 posts) -

Pro Tip for developers: Do not sign with Activision.

#30 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Sounds like Activision are doing what a publisher does, trying to market a highly popular brand in as many ways possible to ensure maximum profits. Simple business.

#31 Posted by animateria (3265 posts) -

You know what?
 
This is good news.
 
Activision blew it with Guitar Hero.
 
Activision is in the process of fucking up Call of Duty. 
 
Activision is just going down a death spiral.
 
The question is, are they going to drag Blizzard down with them?

#32 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

LOL.  That's all just LOL.

#33 Posted by Bigrhyno (505 posts) -

I hope we get Modern Warcraft too.

#34 Posted by GoodKn1ght (491 posts) -

internet agrivations aside.....you know this game will sell, the general public soesn't give a shit what a developer or publisher does, most people think WaW and Modernwarfare two are made by the same people. People like us will no that these games will suck but the general public will be like "i like call of duty why not by these other game that has call of duty on it" its sad but they will continue to do stuff like this because it makes money.

#35 Posted by Meltbrain (2976 posts) -

Wow... this is seriously fucked up. I'm not sure how to feel, but I have the distinct feeling that the Call of Duty series will never be the same again, and not in a good way.

#36 Edited by baconbits33 (1155 posts) -

Thank you so much Activision for ruining an awesome franchise....

#37 Posted by jonano (366 posts) -

i think this is looking like call of duty over kill and nobody really cares about COD if  infinity ward isn't making it . Also i think they are blind with money that this is going to bite them on the ass , when people get tired of modern warfare what else does activision  have other than what blizzard  is doing . 
 
 
GOD THEY ARE IDIOTS

#38 Posted by SammydesinasNL (840 posts) -

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
#39 Edited by wisdumcube (144 posts) -

Goddamn it Activision: stop being so greedy. You are going to kill the videogame industry. Stop flooding the market with a million iterations of the same franchise! You should have learned your lesson from Guitar Hero.

#40 Posted by TadThuggish (912 posts) -
@Hamz: 
It's simple business, and it's stupid business.  COD will go the Guitar Hero route, becoming less and less popular every year, every iteration, till the product has been diluted so much that no one cares anymore.  Yes, the games may still be good, yes, there are going to be a handful of fans, but Activision's most recent efforts have been focused solely on the short-term.  And if they keep going at this rate it'll most likely kill them later on.
#41 Posted by MattBodega (1907 posts) -
@baconbits33: Wrong Company. We're talking about Activision.
#42 Edited by neillyb (14 posts) -

They can suck my tiny, hairless peepee if they think they're going to do to me with Call of Duty what they did with Guitar Hero. They'll be bleeding this dry, milking the Call of Duty cash cow's udders until they erode away. They can fuck off, honestly. We aren't stupid. By getting rid of these two head honchos (which we still don't know 100% why, so I'm still on the fence about it) and announcing all these new games and genres for the CoD franchise at the same time has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. 
 
I'd buy a map pack or two, aye, but: 
 
- A new game developed by Treyarch? No. 
- A new game developed by Sledgehammer Games? No. 
- Paying per month for online play (which has been touted before, and this 'new business model' reeks of that)? No. 
 
Activision: piss off.

#43 Posted by Thwip (29 posts) -

I don't really mind this. I think I've played enough Call of Duty so I don't mind skipping the next one.
 
It sucks that the heads of IW got fired though, wanted to see what that studio would do when they weren't making COD games.

#44 Edited by baconbits33 (1155 posts) -
@MattBodega said:

" @baconbits33: Wrong Company. We're talking about Activision. "

@neoepoch:
 Yeah I just realized that before you even sent me that message, I'm editing it right now 
I was thinking all about BF:BC2 so I guess I confused EA with Activision.... 
#45 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12123 posts) -

Uh oh. Looks like Call of Duty is going down the same path that Guitar Hero and Halo went through once the suits got their hands on the license instead of the original developer.

#46 Posted by SuperSecretAgenda (696 posts) -
@animateria said:
" You know what?  This is good news.  Activision blew it with Guitar Hero.  Activision is in the process of fucking up Call of Duty.   Activision is just going down a death spiral.  The question is, are they going to drag Blizzard down with them? "
One does not fuck with the Blizzard way of making games. And Blizz has enough people loyal to the company where it can go 'Fuck you' if Activision tries waving its dick.  
 
IE did not have people who were loyal to IE. They had people who were loyal to CoD. 
 
Hopefully...that means something. Because I do not want Blizzard to go down like this.
#47 Posted by rohanspear345 (341 posts) -

point and click please

#48 Posted by DewRequired (122 posts) -

All I want is friggin Call of Duty: Zombies. Treyarch, DO IT!!!! Cause it looks like this is your last chance.

#49 Posted by BigChief (503 posts) -

Christ, that's right, Blizzard is tied to these lunatics. WHAT IS GOING ON!?

#50 Posted by monster9999 (393 posts) -

WTF is activision thinking o god cod getting more over saturated every minute

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