You've already seen Modern Warfare 3 in motion, but have you ever wondered what it would look like standing completely still? Activision's taking this novel approach for a test run with three “screenshots” (talk about a name that'll never stick) of its latest gunsplosion shootstravaganza, Modern Warfare 3. Predictably, they feature men aiming those things people keep using to beat us in knife fights. Less predictably: fish! At any rate, check out all of them after the break. This message will self-destruct in slow-mo from 12 different camera angles in 15 seconds.
After weathering a leak that would have bled most publishers dry, Activision's officially released the first Modern Warfare 3 gameplay trailer into the wild. Put simply, it's explosion porn – so obviously, if you're an explosion, this is not safe for work. Also, if you thought F3AR made it impossible to look at the number three without weeping bitterly for the English language, wait until you encounter wonderful hits like Threengland, Amthreerica, and Gthreemany. Check out the full thing after the break.
With a cash cow as fat and absurdly profitable as Call of Duty, you'd think Activision would be a bit more excited about its next first-person assault on your wallet. Despite that, for whatever reason, the publisher's remained oddly silent about the game, leaving players in agonized suspense about which dude will be shot in the face/exploded/shot in the face with an explosion next. You can breathe easy now, though, because The Internet managed to dig up dirt on, well, pretty much everything.
Infinity Ward's far from out, but it's certainly down a number of very important people – including former bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella. Under normal circumstances, that'd mean huffing, puffing, and delaying the game out of 2011 while everyone regroups, but this is Call of Duty we're talking about. Activision's precious lifeblood. Its bread and butter. And so, according to a report by the LA Times, the CODependant publisher's brought in a couple fresh faces to pick up the slack.
First up, there's Sledgehammer Games, who's been quietly hammering away at its own Call of Duty spin-off for quite a while. Apparently, that game will be put on the backburner while the developer lends a hand on Modern Warfare 3. As a result, Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer are said to be “working closely” on Modern Warfare 3's single-player campaign -- which may or may not star a certain not-so-friendly Ghost.
Meanwhile, Raven Software – developer of 2009's Wolfenstein reboot and recent time-bender Singularity, among many others – is heading up the multiplayer half of the operation.
For now, Activision's opted to neither confirm nor deny any of it, but has said that it hopes to announce further details in the “near future.”
If it is true, though, it's certainly not Activision's finest moment. The whole thing reeks of frightened desperation, serving as a cautionary tale about what happens when you put all your golden eggs in one brittle basket. Call of Duty's certainly a phenomenon, but it won't stay that way forever. If Activision has so little faith in its other franchises that Call of Duty can't be allowed to miss even a single beat, then things are going to get pretty darn ugly when gamers start moving on and the franchise loses its record-breaking sheen.