It seems that the future of a valuable franchise is a bit up in the air at the moment, and I’m just hoping the juggler can catch this one. The status of the Modern Warfare series is slightly unknown at this moment, with reasonable doubt being cast on the return of Infinity Ward. According to my colleagues over at ActionTrip, Robert Bowling, the Director of Communications for Infinity Ward, had this to say in October 2009:
“Right now we don’t have a clue what our next game is going to be, and we won’t know what it will be until we finish with Modern Warfare 2, which won’t be for a while – once this game comes out we’re going to take a little break, we’re going to play with the community to see what people like and what they want more of so we can focus on the DLC for this game, and once all that’s wrapped up and done then we’ll start thinking about what’s coming next. Right now, if we want to make another one then we might, but we’ve really no clue what our next game is”
As you can see, he doesn’t exactly sound thrilled to be making a trilogy and indicates they might have other things they want to do. A major problem if they do want to test out new ideas will be that Infinity Ward is owned by Activision, the publishers of MW. This would be such an issue because obviously this series has been making Activision a ton of cash and any reasonable business manager would want to keep the gravy-train flowing.
While I don’t think we will be losing Modern Warfare as a series anytime soon, even talk like this gets me up in arms. The games they have been producing are off the charts, both in terms of sales and quality. I hope that they can be persuaded into making another one and that they aren’t forced, as that would probably cause Infinity Ward to put less effort into it. I would rather see a new developer take the series (which is a possibility) than to have IW do only a mediocre job. But regardless of what happens, I can almost assure you that we will be seeing MW3 at some point in the future.