Head Of Sledgehammer Games Says Activision Is Pushing For CoD: Modern Warfare To Be Darker, Infinity Ward Responds

Head Of Sledgehammer Games Says Activision Is Pushing For CoD: Modern Warfare To Be Darker, Infinity Ward Responds
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Over the years, the Call of Duty franchise has bounced between several different developers depending on which year it is. As for the upcoming Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare, that will be handled by Infinity Ward, who are the developers behind the very first game in the MW series.

However, Michael Condrey, the former head of Sledgehammer Games, who are the developers behind Modern Warfare 3, Advanced Warfare, and CoD: World War 2, says that Activision, the parent company of both Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward, are pushing for the upcoming Modern Warfare game to be darker and more controversial.

During an interview with Venture Beat, Condrey said that Activision wants the upcoming Call of Duty game to be able to grab a ton of headlines after it’s released on October 25.

“I maintain that video games are the most important art form of our time. I respect every developer who strives to deliver their work as an extension or reflection of their artistic vision. That said, MW seems like a tough challenge for any studio, especially if they are being pushed by publishing to be more controversial and ‘darker’ for the sake of headlines.”

It didn’t take long for Infinity Ward to respond to what the former Sledgehammer Games boss had to say about their upcoming project, as the developer reassured fans that they aren’t being pushed to do anything by Activision and that they are, in fact, making the game that they want to make.

You can check out Infinity Ward’s response via Twitter below.

Infinity Ward decided to not show any new footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at E3, although they did show some off privately. Those who have seen footage from the game have described its single-player campaign as extremely dark and somewhat controversial.

On top of that, the developers have said that players will have more freedom during the game’s single-player campaign. Of course, Modern Warfare’s story will be completely linear with pre-rendered cutscenes, which is no different from any other CoD game, but players will be given multiple ways to go about each individual mission.

While we haven’t seen anything from Modern Warfare’s multiplayer mode yet, Infinity Ward has said that they will be revealing some gameplay in the near-future. So, it’s probably realistic to expect new footage from the game before the end of the summer, as we’re now less than four months away from it being released.