Several studios are working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 . But do you know how many resources are employed to keep the franchise going year after year? Any idea?
You have to check out a recent article at VentureBeat to learn more. Currently, there are over 500 people spanning four or five different studios; it's not so simple as the tag-team approach by Infinity Ward and Treyarch. But don't think Activision is the only big publisher shelling out the bucks and putting in the time; Ubisoft had 400 individuals cranking on Assassin's Creed II .
"It takes a village," they say. Well, that's probably true. Huge games require huge budgets and large amounts of money and manpower. The question is whether or not gamers will say Call of Duty is indicative of all the effort; the fans will quickly say, "hell yeah, it's worth it," while the skeptics may have another answer. Either way, you have to respect so many people working on one particular project.