Electronic Arts has made it clear that they believe Battlefield 3 will be dominant over Modern Warfare 3 in a couple months. EA has become confident to the point of mudslinging, wanting the Call of Duty franchise to “rot from the core.” Sledgehammer Games, the developer teaming up with Infinity Ward to create MW3, has also been vocal about the battle between the first person shooters and they are confident CoD will be around for the long haul.
This isn’t the first time Sledgehammer has come out defending its work. Last month Schofield admitted that DICE’s Frostbite 2.0 engine is the new hotness in the gaming industry, but hasn’t been fully field tested on consoles. He’s confident the “outdated” tech being used for Modern Warfare 3 will provide a more solid gaming experience. Mainly due to the fact that its been around longer and has been tried and trusted in the industry.
Last month EA executive Jeff Brown went so far as to state that he feels Call of Duty only has about 2-3 years left in it.
In a recent interview, Sledgehammer CEO Glen Schofield said that the team talks about the franchise losing momentum all the time. Not only do they talk about it, but they also combat the loss of momentum by bringing new innovations to the CoD franchise. Here is what Schofield had to say:
“…you know what, it’s not (losing momentum) right now, it’s growing. You can see it out there. It’s so big, people love it and I get so many tweets from the community. It’s the biggest thing in entertainment. You stay paranoid because things can happen, but staying paranoid actually makes your game better.”
Indeed, Call of Duty has definitely grown into a massive entity. So big that it now warrants its own annual Call of Duty XP convention for fans of the series to attend. It sounds like Sledgehammer Games have their heads in the game and are dedicated to bringing a solid experience this holiday season.
Regardless of how many shots EA and Activision take at each other, the battle between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 in the next couple months is going to be epic. Both titles will most likely be awesome and, in the end, gamers will win no matter which title they pick up.
Modern Warfare 3 launches on November 8th on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
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