When it was revealed that developer Sledgehammer Games was working on an "action/adventure" iteration in the Call of Duty franchise, most everyone was surprised and a bit skeptical.

Sledgehammer has also participated in the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 , which launches on November 8. However, according to studio general manager Glen Schofield, when MW3 is out the door, Sledgehammer won't return to cranking on that action-oriented CoD. Based on the reports , Schofield said they'll probably have to cancel it, as the setting is "too obscure."

"We'll probably cancel it. They gave us the choice of: Do you want to work on Modern Warfare 3 or do you want to continue working on this? And we really liked that. We liked what we were doing. It's third person, probably set at a time that might have 'niched' it too much. I bet that if we had kept going, within a month or two, I probably would have switched the time period but kept the gameplay. It had some really cool stuff."

In the future, Sledgehammer won't be assisting in other CoD installments; in truth, they want to make one on their own. They're not yet sure if it'll be in the Call of Duty universe, but one thing is certain: Sledgehammer feels stronger thanks to recent hires, and they're going to tackle a new project solo. Added Schofield:

"I think that we will work alone on our next project," he said. "This game has allowed both Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games to hire, and we hired really strong teams, both of us. We needed to come together on this one, but since then we've both grown; we're both over 100 people now.

Initially, we weren't fully functional because we had to learn a new engine. Now we have, I think the best thing that could happen for Activision would be for us to both go off and make our own game. Whether that's a Call of Duty game or not is up in the air. I plan to continue working on Call of Duty."

Well, who wish they would've done that action/adventure CoD? And do you think Activision will simply let them make what they want with "Call of Duty" on the box…?

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Yukian
Yukian
9 years ago

Shocker…

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

And then they'll move on to FPS Call of Duty, trust me.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Yay, something that could have actually been different in the franchise is shot down.

/sarcasm/

rainrox
rainrox
9 years ago

Oh wow. Its a CoD game again. >_>

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I suspect the market was not trending positively for this Stand Alone COD Action/Adventure Venture.

Or, Both ActiVision and SledgeHammer have discovered that they can make more money by some other method.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

It's probably for the better, though I would've liked to see what they had so far.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

WooHoo! Sledgehammer are going to make their own CoD subseries: Civil War. Honestly, I would buy that in a heartbeat. I wanna see that ole-timah weaponry in a game. But it wouldn't sell, so whatever they do is going to be yet another carbon copy gameplay. Colour me uninterested.

wackazoa
wackazoa
9 years ago

Nah man….. not Civil War. How about….

CALL OF DUTY: INDIAN WARS…….

You are a member of the 7th cavalry. Ride with Custer as you are involved in some of the most infamous raids of the Indian Wars, all culminating in the final showdown at the Little Bighorn river. Trust your Henry rifle (the first semi-automatic rifle) and your Colt .45 (the gun that tamed the west) as you attempt to survive overwhelming Indian forces lead by Chiefs' Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.

It could have the requisite controversy (massacre of the injuns camps, women, children, and old people). You could play a level as a indian scout betraying your people. I cant believe Activision hasnt done this. I wonder how much money I could get for the idea……

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

*facepalm*
Those guys weren't Indians. lol

Silly Columbus.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

I'm not sure on how thing's would have turned out had they stuck with their original game-plan, but I was a bit interested to see what they could've come up with.

Oh well, good luck with the new project, & hope it's going to be a brand new non-COD IP for a change.

It's just a shame Sledgehammer's is under Ant-vision's umbrella……oops, I meant to say…
in Anti-vision's clutches.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

LOL… I had a bad feeling about this so-called CoD "action/adventure" swan song… I am happy it is coming to a close. CoD needs to sink to the bottom of the ocean… good riddance I say!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

I understand you don't like the series but why spoil it for others by wanting it to "sink to the bottom of the ocean"? That's ignorant.

evilmunkie
evilmunkie
9 years ago

Someone should make a zombies only CoD game. Something like L4D, a progressive single player or on/offline co-op game with it's own proper campaign while keeping the online zombie experience as it is known in a different mode. Give players higher health, an actual health bar, health kits, large levels and multiple paths in campaign mode to make it stand out next to the classic mode. Classic zombie mode shouldn't be changed but it should definitely come with more than two levels. I'm not sure if even Activision would even consider greenlighting a drastic change like that but I would be many times more interested in that than a TPS CoD installment. In terms of change to me it all sounded like they were taking baby steps, unless they were going for something like Rainbow 6 …………. and that to me just sounds like its missing a punchline.

Ichigo40
Ichigo40
9 years ago

haha now thats news that i can enjoy about call of duty…well its not like activision is going to jump out and try something new any time soon

Vitron
Vitron
9 years ago

Just be thankful: they'd embarrass themselves anyway. Grumble(World class like uncharted my a*$).

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Probably would have sucked anyways…

Still… discouraging to see such a disinterest in diversity.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Call of Duty Engine is 'Porsche' of Engines, Says Sledgehammer

http://www.industrygamers.com/news/call-of-duty-engine-is-porsche-of-engines-says-sledgehammer/

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Oh yeah, because no one wanted to see some diversity in this franchise.

I love how he says their setting would have niched it too much. If it was something like the Civil War, I'm sure people would have been really interested to see how it would work out. And if it looked cool enough, people would have jumped onboard (even the old fans who are now sick and tired of the lack of new things in this franchise). But hey, I guess they just can't do that because…its too different.

Btw Glen Schofield, all this talk of learning a new engine is complete BS. Its the same damn engine repainted in a new, bland color.