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.