Maybe it was just a slip of the tongue. It wasn't a prepared statement or anything like that, so let's cut the guy some slack.

…although after reading this, you might not be willing to do that. A developer insight video has been floating around at various sources, and CinemaBlend has stumbled across a questionable quote from Sledgehammer Games' Michael Condrey.

As you probably already know, the team is working on a third-person iteration of the popular Call of Duty franchise. This would place the project in the realm of games like Uncharted and Gears of War . In fact, they say their game will be something like Naughty Dog's series…except that Sledgehammer's will be "world class." Said Condrey:

"It was pretty exciting, I mean the idea of the sort of global appeal of Call of Duty meets sort of the third-person genre for the first time. And there are a lot of fans out there who enjoy games like Uncharted, right? So you can imagine that genre meets a world-class franchise."

That's not really an insinuation; that's a flat-out statement: the Uncharted fans need something that's world class. Now, perhaps the definition of the phrase is too subjective, so we shouldn't jump to conclusions. Maybe Condrey isn't saying their game will be better than Uncharted in terms of quality; maybe he's just saying it'll reach more people (and it will, as it's multiplatform) and it'll simply be bigger in terms of sales.

But no matter how you spin it, this guy has just stepped into some hot water and gamers everywhere are reacting.

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Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

Dude, really? How dare this guy talk about a Masterpiece. I mean, if he'd said that about Gears then sure why not. But Uncharted?. This is Blasphemy!!!

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

He didn't get the memo that Uncharted is a masterpiece.

He would have been better off complimenting the Uncharted series then explaining how his game may graduate from that level.

This is why companies have spokespersons. So the statements can be controlled.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

If he said that about Gears, MS would have made him apologize.

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
9 years ago

All I said or I will say about this is, get back @ me when CoD is GOTY. No CoD has scored higher than Uncharted 2. Retards.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

@world
microsoft already has activision in their pocket so he cant even say a word about it. its the only game that the 360 has other than halo and gears that can make them money. theres a reason why cod dlcs are timed exclusives.

naughty dog should smack this guy in the face with all the awards they got for uncharted 2.


Last edited by johnld on 9/3/2011 5:36:48 PM

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

@johnld
Nah, Naughty Dog wouldn't bother lowering itself to do that.

Wasn't sledgehammer one of the devs that collaborated with ND for Uncharted 2? because if so, that's just plain wrong

Sithis
Sithis
9 years ago

I LOL'd. Sales don't means it's world class. Pull you head out of your ***.

BigD0207
BigD0207
9 years ago

I agree, just because you sell a lot of games, does not mean that your game is world class. With the UnCharted Series you get game with an excellent story, characters that you care about, a game with lots of action and a game with one of the best single player experiences.

Sithis
Sithis
9 years ago

True. Uncharted is head and shoulders above CoD if you look at it from a creative or technological point of view. Once the sheeple know how Activision is ripping them off with essentially the same product every year, we'll see how "world class" your game will be then.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I'll be honest. Just reading this guys words made me just post without reading any comments.

Yes! $ales is where these guys heads are at. And they do not even hide that fact. InActiVisions mentality is just that. MCF: Money Come First.

Shaolin Lives!


Last edited by FatherSun on 9/3/2011 12:00:22 PM

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

Controversy sells. At least he's getting the game's awareness out there.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I can only laugh.

tridon
tridon
9 years ago

I wonder if what he means by world-class a game that'd be featured on all consoles and not just exclusive to the PS3? If that's what he meant, he definitely worded it wrong. If that's not what he meant, enjoy the lower reviews, buddy! There's no way your CoD will out-perform Uncharted.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

I agree that outperforming Uncharted is highly unlikely.

That said. I can imagine in 5-10 years technology will allow most developers to be on the same level as far as performance and graphics. When that time comes it will truly be about the actual stories and experiences. We are on the verge.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL! Okaaaaaay!!!!

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
9 years ago

What a moron.

Helghast
Helghast
9 years ago

Everybody grab your pitchforks and torches, and meet me at this guys house!

Vitron
Vitron
9 years ago

And bring some hardware from the "Rug Merchant"

leatherface
leatherface
9 years ago

@Vitron, Why would we need rugs?

Ohhhhhh. Right.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

He better have "World Class" defenses at his house if we are organizing a lynch.

iwillbetheone
iwillbetheone
9 years ago

LOL. It won't even outclass Gears Of War. Multiplatform games just can't compete with major exclusive ones.

BigD0207
BigD0207
9 years ago

As it stands right now, the CoD series mainly focuses on the Multiplayer aspect of the game and not the single player experience, in my opinion. But Naughty Dog puts its focus on creating of the best gaming experiences this generation.

Cuetes
Cuetes
9 years ago

Cod is world-class? I think he meant cod is world-trash!
I'm all over uncharted, a real world class game, I'm not touching cod even if it was free.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

I don't haha. My brother always plays it. It sits on my shelf and I see it everyday but i haven't' touched it once other then Taking it out of the system when I want to play a real game.

COD is old, it has been since 2007. same thing over and over.. I hate it!

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

Since when is Europe + US = WORLD? COD is garbage in Japan. Why are they ignoring Japan? Monster hunter 3 HD just kicked @$$ in sales. It's a PSP port remake to HD for god sakes. It's a country you can't neglect.

MGS series is World class
Resident Evil is World class
Final Fantasy is World class

COD is just Western class.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Japan neglects 360 (even taking it off shelves lately for wasting space) so they ignore it.

And after ruining the JRPG to gain a foothold, MS comes up empty.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

'I'm western and it's not class in my eyes. I sick of COD

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

@ godsman – sales numbers don't mean anything remember?

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Hehe funny stuff.
I'm thinking "world class" is being used synomously with the global success the franchise has had. I think if we were to tally up how many total sales every CoD game has sold, the net worth of the franchise is something that I'm sure clocks in around 10x the value of the Uncharted franchise. So I think the mindset is, because CoD is so popular in its appeal it is world class.
But we all know that popularity and appeal isn't always representational of the best quality. And sorry Sledgehammer, you just have no chance at topping Uncharted on the onset(if ever).
But hey, do look to uncharted for a benchmark to try and beat. I really think every game could benefit if those games held themselves to the standards Naughty Dog does. We'd all be playing better games because of it.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

sounds like selling a ton of games manages to go your head somehow, i guess i can understand that, but these guys need to learn to control their mouths. same goes for all the junk ea has been spewing lately. it's just such a turn off.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Ok first off they act like somehow they created Call of Duty and are expanding it… No that's not the case, they are lucky to even be a part of it if you ask me…

Secondly this game will be more like Gears so he shouldn't have mentioned Uncharted at all. There most certainly will be no platforming, there will certainly be no puzzles, and the only interaction between characters is the amount of time it takes for a bullet to hit the enemy. Gimme a break. I know we don't know for certain what will come from the game and, I'll probably buy it. But saying CoD is world class is ridiculous. I like the games, but they sell because of the mp. They dont sell because they bring a ton of great things to the table. Unlike Uncharted which does so many things right! There not even in the same class, Uncharted and CoD should never be compared because even though they will both have a 3rd person perspective, CoD will offer nothing, that makes Uncharted so damn good.

CheddarClyde
CheddarClyde
9 years ago

I have to go into Katt Williams mode on this one…

I get it. He's talking ish to get attention. It's cute in a desperate way. However, it also makes you sound like an idiot. How about making something that is comparable with a PS3 exclusive, any PS3 exclusive first and THEN make something that can stand up to Uncharted.

And to the fella over at Sledgehammer Games with the dusty mouth, I hope you paid attention to that 3rd person mode in MW2 before you ran your mouth because that didn't go over so well.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Katt Williams is awesome!

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

"So you can imagine that genre meets a world-class franchise."

He is stating the COD is the "World Class" franchise versus Uncharted being what? A one region, country or small island franchise? To my knowledge Uncharted games are sold all over the world are they not? I want to know what this guys definition of "World Class" is.*

And NO! I shall not cut the guy some slack this is a preemptive strike.**

* The answer is "$ALES"

**Preemptive: taken as a measure against something possible, anticipated, or feared; preventive; deterrent: a preemptive tactic against a ruthless business rival.

StubbornScorpio
StubbornScorpio
9 years ago

I think this is just a matter of a misconstrued definition of "world class." It sells immensely, but it I wouldn't consider it the highest quality. Statements like this really make me question WHY Call of Duty has become this international sales juggernaut. What is it about the first-person shooter that millions of fans flock to?

GuyverLT
GuyverLT
9 years ago

How well do you guys think they're fanbase will take COD being turned into TPS???? I mean they do have a shitload of fans so it WILL more than likely still outsell Uncharted, especially with it multi-platform, but I wanna know how much quality will go into the SP part of this game.

I haven't played a COD before, so I'll just wait and see.


Last edited by GuyverLT on 9/3/2011 11:52:35 AM

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

The OCD ..ahem cough cough.. Excuse me, The COD fanbase is large enough that even a fraction of it can accomplish Uncharted sales numbers.

With this entry in the series the fanbase will begin to split and then eventually we will see COD pure multiplayer games without a campaign at all. I can easily see yearly releases on both.

Mo' Money, Mo' money Mo' money….

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

If the controls vary too much, their fans will quite literally be unable to play it.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Its simple, while the game would be more on par with Gears than Uncharted, this guy wouldn't dare bad mouth an MS exclusive.


Last edited by main_event05 on 9/3/2011 12:08:05 PM

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

If game developers would stop hiring comedians, they might be able to compete with the likes of Uncharted.

I think it's a bad idea to bring Uncharted into this. Now everyone will have high expectations, which could be disastrous if those expectations aren't met.

Good luck with the mudslinging. I have a hard time believing that people who lack class could produce a product that has it. Michael Condrey needs to do more coding and less gloating.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

excellent near-rhyme my friend, thumbs up.

leatherface
leatherface
9 years ago

That's funny, I thought they canned this "world class" game?!
either way, there's no way they would ever match the quality of the Uncharted series.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

They didn't can it, they put it on hold. I believe Activision told Sledgehammer to put the game on hold and work on the much more important project at hand, that being Modern Warfare 3.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

It is on hold, but a spokesperson from Sledgehammer mentioned a while back that they weren't likely to go back to it… Does that mean a third developer working on CoD FPS? I think so.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
9 years ago

lol so a 3rd person call of duty > uncharted? sorry unless that call of duty lets you roll while dropping grenades, jump, take cover, climb ledges and building to get to a roof, pull people down while hanging from ledges or kicking ppl off of ledges that are handing from them, or shoot while hanging from a ledge if none of that happens in CoD (which i know it wont because theyll be too busy trying to be realistic) then itll be nothing more than a socom clone… which isnt gonna get uncharted fans attention

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Don't forget word class writing, voice work and animation to go along with those game mechanics you mentioned…

burnedknight
burnedknight
9 years ago

The uncharted series is already a world class masterpiece so apparently he must be practing for his stand up comedy job

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

They're dead to me.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

Me two. (:hah

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

Cod doesn't even deserve to b in the same sentence as uncharted…