See? The two developers just want to play nice together and really, it's about each team seeking to top themselves.
…or at least, that's what we're supposed to believe. Sledgehammer Games boss Glen Schofield told MCV that when it comes to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 , it's not about topping Battlefield 3 . It's about bettering the last game in the Modern Warfare series. Said Schofield:
"We have a lot of respect for each other. We know how hard each team works, I know the sacrifices they and their families are putting in, so there is a lot of respect there. I think it’s fought at a different level of ours. So although they may be our competition, I actually view Modern Warfare 2 as the benchmark that I need to aim for."
The fans who loved MW2 also have very high expectations, and fully expect the multiple developers involved with MW3 to top its predecessor in every way possible. Therefore, Schofield says there's definitely pressure involved, but the designers would rather focus on adrenaline.
"We have the pressure of living up to Modern Warfare 2. I would be kidding you if I said there was no pressure. We’re working on the biggest game in the world. “But there is also that adrenaline that kicks in when you are working on a game like this.
We have really polished Modern Warfare 3. A lot of passionate people spent a lot of time making it."
These are very…safe remarks, certainly. Gotta respect that. And we have no doubt that there's at least partial truth to all his statements. But when all is said and done, from a financial and quality comparison standpoint, Battlefield 3 is your primary competition. Not like you're gonna lose the sales battle or anything.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3