Usually, a publisher wants to be very much in the loop, especially where massive blockbuster projects are concerned.

But it seems they put a lot of faith in developer Infinity Ward, as the studio was actually able to keep Modern Warfare 2 secret for quite some time. According to what community manager Robert Bowling told OXM, Activision only laid eyes on the game once development "was well under way." Bowling said he wanted the team to remain "focused," and better yet, "the only opinion we care about is what our fans think." You may remember when Infinity Ward reached out to the community and asked what they wanted to see in the sequel:

"So that's why very early on, we got in touch with our fans via Twitter and Facebook and said 'what's the one thing you wanted to see in the game?' So we got all that feedback and later on we asked a few more questions, and as we're designing, we have all these boards in the office that we can gut check ourselves and say, 'this is what they'd like to see, this is what we have planned and this is what we already have, and let's try to get those more in synch.'

That's really what's important, our relationship with us and our fans, and not so much us and Activision, or us and retailers or anything like that."

Some people aren't the biggest fans of Activision but it'd be a mistake to lump Infinity Ward into your hostile feelings toward the publisher. It's clear that IW went their own way with this one, and bear in mind that we're talking about the same developer that defied Activision's wish to keep the Call of Duty franchise in a World War II setting. See, this is why we care most about how the game makers operate.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

and yet one of the most asked for additions (zombie modes) were left out of the game, because infinity ward has a grudge against anything that was added to COD by treyarch

bridgera
bridgera
11 years ago

Thanks for that info, I was actually wondering if Zombies would be in it, but wasn't sure where to look.

I've never played the CoD games, but I'm looking at getting World at War, I enjoy local co-op and Zombies.

Wage SLAVES
Wage SLAVES
11 years ago

Kinda doesn't fit the bill though…in context that is what Spec Ops is supposed to be replacing. Russian Zombies or something doesn't seem to be IW's style.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

Infinity Ward is a good developer, that's for sure. I am looking forward to playing COD MW2.

Titch1794
Titch1794
11 years ago

I just hope it won't be a let down. It can't be a let down surely. :s

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
11 years ago

I believe the only thing the PS3 users will disappointed in is the fact that MW2 does not look as good as Uncharted 2.

nickert0n
nickert0n
11 years ago

Exactly! But then again nothing looks like Uncharted 2

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

that and the fact that in the modern warfare, ps3 users came second to xbox users when it came to dlc and patches. lets hope for a more even developers support, at least on patches.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Crysis.

That is all.

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

u thumb him down but we all know crysis has better graphics as much as i hate to admit it

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

yeh it was cool of them to ask us what we want 🙂
cant wait for mw2 its gonna rock

ace_boon_coon
ace_boon_coon
11 years ago

2 more weeks. this is going to be a sweet game. can't wait for my NV goggles

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

lol nv goggles

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

if thats what they call a green light filter these days

Imagi
Imagi
11 years ago

Sounds like they are trying to distance themselves from Activision now that the release date is looming.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

that's what I was gonna say.

AshT
AshT
11 years ago

Didn't Bowling said about the length of the game that it's dictated by experience and not by demands of players, do they care what fans think, hmmm let me guess "No".

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

I think the fact of the matter is that fans don't know what they really want, sometimes the creators need to take a step into uncharted territory and help redefine our wants. Otherwise every game would just be Halo.

I_defenestrate
I_defenestrate
11 years ago

And that would get me out of the FPS genre for good.

bearbobby
bearbobby
11 years ago

The length of ANY game is subjective. Some people can whip through Uncharted in 5 hours, and some take 16. Some can get through a Final Fantasy in 20 hours, others spend over 120. What time frame do they give to marketing?

You can't say; "I want that game to be at least 10 hours long," cause it might only take YOU personally 6 hours to get through it while some other chump might take 15. lol

I don't know, I kinda agree with them in that the experience dictates the length. It's not that they don't care what gamers think, it's that every gamer thinks something different. lol

AshT
AshT
11 years ago

@bearbobby, well the point i was trying to make, IW doesn't care what fans think, or they are too arrogant.

SHADOW
SHADOW
11 years ago

You gotta love that IW makes so much money for Blizzivision that they can make comments like this without any backlash.

I love IW I just wish that they could tone down their egos a bit and play well with others. I think that even a series as great as CoD could be incredibly improved if IW would work with Treyarch instead of against them.

www
www
11 years ago

Exactly what I was saying, you gotta love IW, don't let Kotick's arrogance get in the way.
Now all am looking to see is, if MW2 is going to take my GOTY crown from U2.

I just gotta feeling MW2 is gonna be the best fps EVER! I'm predicting a 96 or 95 overall at Metacritic, maybe just right under U2 or above it, who knows.

www
www
11 years ago

The MW2 haters gave me thumbs down lmao! I know all you…

bearbobby
bearbobby
11 years ago

It's not that they hate MW2, but perhaps you're overestimating it. (Best FPS ever?)

We'll see…

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

I doubt it'll have as much content and polish as Fifa10 or KZ2 let alone U2.Also "best fps EVER!"; Sorry buddy but I think Half-life 2 reserves that title, maybe of 2009(maybe.I hope the game turns out well for y'all but don't be surprise to read in reviews things like "More of the same"; which has recently been labeled to R&C Crack in Time.

www
www
11 years ago

Bearbobby, yea maybe.

Hexen, okay best fps this gen but of all time I think Goldeneye 64 has it not Half Life, check the rankings.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

lol, u like how I made fun of ya in the forums? Listen I'm on record saying that IW is extremely talented, I by no means hate COD and I'm sure it'll be great but I don't see it doing anything to gain GOTY except having multiplat status (those always win to appease the masses)

I would gladly pay 30-40 dollars for that short of a game because lets face it the real draw here is multiplayer and some of us old guys just aren't that into it. We get tired of multi after a month so it's hard to justify the full price based on all the BS jerking around we get from Acti and the BS competition between Trey and IW because in this one case competition is a bad thing. They still can't make a COD game that even runs at the full 720p. It's in Maddenland and other games already put it to shame at least in a technical sense and for sure in a SP campaign sense.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 10/27/2009 5:15:54 PM

www
www
11 years ago

Lol World, its not you, dont feel guilty. There more fps haters here who are taking the hate on MW2, which is kinda annoying, considering what MW1 was able to achieve back in 07, most fps games that came after it, borrowed a lot from it. Its not like am a big fan of fps, I prefer 3rd person by far.

I wasn't into multiplayer when MW1 released, the single-player alone though was annoyingly short was just epic! Then after, I decided to try out the Online Multiplayer and it was just crazy. That's when I had respect for IW.

After MW1, I just had this feeling, that NO! no game is gonna be able to easily achieve this. Thus I skipped Killzone2,Resistance2 & [email protected] but got K2 at a later date, I wasn't on here hating on any of those 3 games.

And its not me saying this, go check the overall at Metacritic, Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare is still the highest rated fps out there besides Bioshock. Talk about Bioshock, I bet most of you haven't even given it a shot, just cause its a port!


Last edited by www on 10/27/2009 5:55:15 PM

___________
___________
11 years ago

if this gets GOTY 09 i will officially dye my hair pink and take up ballet lessons.
there is no way in hell that is going to happen.
but than, the industry has gone into a crazy paid off spiral so i guess anythings possible.
depends on how large IW and activisions checkbook is.
and no half life 2 still owns best FPS title, until half life 2 episode 3 comes out.
or may be RAGE or crysis 2, but doubt it.
nothing can touch half life.


Last edited by ___________ on 10/28/2009 12:47:45 AM

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

@line

then might as well start dyeing your hair pink and take those ballet lessons now. We all know that someone is going to name modern warfare 2 based on sales alone. Its probably going to be VGA awards. really, GTA4 wins over MGS4? In my opinion, Modern warfare 2 doesnt deserve to win game of the year. It will just be modern warfare with more perks and different levels. Its not ground breaking as Uncharted 2 or Killzone 2, even gears of war series. If GOTY is decided by the game itself and not sales then multiplatform games, which only uses the common denominator approach and not much innovation/advancement wont be considered at all.

Well…not like game of the year is something special now. The proof, how many different games have game of the year editions coming out. It just lost its meaning.

___________
___________
11 years ago

because back in the day there was 1 GOTY, now every website and its dog has nominations.
but i seriously doubt MW2 is going to get MW2.
and i never said when i would do it, so ill wait a while if it happens.
the game that got GOTY has not deserved it for a long time.
oblivion in 06? never liked that.
MW in 07? what no uncharted , BIOSHOCK should of got it.
08 most sites gave it to either fallout 3 or L4D when it should of been MGS4 all around.
my choice for GOTY 2009 is still inFAMOUS just the platforming mechanics still amaze me today.
sonys right that game is addictive.

King James
King James
11 years ago

So they care about the fans but more about M$'s money? I want my PS3 expansion maps IW!

EddPm6
EddPm6
11 years ago

I think IW should operate under themselves. Maybe they could make a PS3 exclusive, and thus show off thier real talent.

Zorigo
Zorigo
11 years ago

it doesn't matter which console, as long as they go for its potential.

BlackBriar
BlackBriar
11 years ago

Looks Fun, But its only about a 10 hour game, alot about people will beat it in weekends time

AshT
AshT
11 years ago

I doubt it's even going to be 10 hours, still gonna get my copy, but will wait for the reviews

___________
___________
11 years ago

well its the same length as the first, and that took me 6 hours to complete.

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

hehehehe

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
11 years ago

I did actually lump them in with Activision, completely by mistake. I'm sorry Infinity Ward, I wasn't angry with you!
(But give us our map packs at the same time dammit)

Zorigo
Zorigo
11 years ago

and make sure those packs aren't too expensive

Zorigo
Zorigo
11 years ago

im glad they find fans important, to improbe on somethin like cod4, you need to know what the fans want.
uncharted 2 improved on uncharted, so it can be done.

NonProphet
NonProphet
11 years ago

My bet is that IW wanted to release Modern Warfare as a new IP, but when they revealed their plans to Activision, they were told they had to keep the COD moniker (for financial reasons to be sure). But IW went ahead anyway and executed their vision and in doing so, completely changed the nature of the game. By bringing the game into modern times they drastically altered the technology, weapons, environments and characters with which the player interacts.

The fact that the "developer defied Activision's wish to keep the Call of Duty franchise in a World War II setting", throws in to question the idea that the whole COD franchise has turned into a Madden type situation where we get a yearly upgrade with only minor tweaks and revisions. Because for all intensive purposes, MW was a new IP that was simply forced by the publisher to retain the uncharacteristic COD tag for name-recognition and hence higher profits. This is mostly supposition but its not crazy, right?


Last edited by NonProphet on 10/27/2009 3:40:37 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

not to be a stickler but it's "For all intents and purposes" anyway I agree with you, COD is now in Madden territory.

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

If you want proof that Infinity ward wants to distance themselves from the call of duty tag check the game cases. the regular version has the call of duty tag in the cover. while the hardened and prestige edition doesnt have them anywhere.

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

If you care about us how come the ps3 fans have to wait for the dlc since they are timed exclusives?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

they care about MS cash more.

oldmike
oldmike
11 years ago

do what i do at best its a 10 hour game so just rent it

johnld
johnld
11 years ago

old mike, the thing about MW2 is all about online. Sure you can beat single player but thats not even half the game.

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
11 years ago

I wish all FPS games would roll over and die