Infinity Ward, the studio behind the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise, recently revealed that their next game would be Call of Duty: Ghosts. Now the studio has announced that indeed, they will be leaving the Modern Warfare series behind entirely and focus on setting up a new universe for Ghosts that will continue for the foreseeable future.
“[It was] not a hard decision, but a long decision,” said IW executive producer Mark Rubin in an interview with British gaming mag MCV, “When we finished Modern Warfare 3, we had this big brainstorming session that lasted for weeks. We all really knew we wanted to continue making Call of Duty. We wanted to create a new universe, or a new story at least. We wanted new characters and new experiences.”
“The easy thing would have been – as we had finished the arc of Modern Warfare 1, 2 and 3 – to start a new arc within that same universe. That was the first step. But due to a lot of the changes we wanted to make with this new world, it really dictated out that we needed to make something that wasn’t Modern Warfare.”
The Modern Warfare franchise took the gaming world by storm, breaking entertainment sales records and starting a world wide phenomena, so it is absolutely a risk to leave it and attempt something new. Perhaps though, a breath of fresh air will do the Call of Duty games some good. “Ghosts” will feature a more personal story that focuses on emotional attachment to the characters in game. With a new engine and nex-gen gaming technology behind them, Infinity Ward has high hopes for the game: “This new tech allows us to make those worlds that we are playing in more realistic. We always try to make it so the player always feels naturally involved in the world around them.”