Condrey: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3 situation not "win-lose"
Posted: 26.08.2011 13:29 by Simon Priest Comments: 8
Sledgehammer Games co-founder Michael Condrey talks about their collaborative development with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

While they're "two separate" studios and cultures they "operate as one virtual" team. In the videogames industry not only "one person can win" and lose.

"So itís two separate studios and two separate studio cultures but we operate as one virtual studio, if you will. So itís the best talent of both studios working on every aspect of the game together," said Michael Condrey of Sledgehammer on their Infinity partnership.

"It provides some unique challenges, logistically, with having two separate teams but I think in the end, both teams are passionate, both teams are talented, the best ideas surface and thatís really the best for the fans in the game."

Trying to top Modern Warfare's pedigree is no small feat to achieve. "Weíre standing on the shoulders of greatness on Modern Warfare 2. Itís a fantastic game. Infinity Ward has been working in the franchise for a decade and theyíre arguably the best first-person shooter development team out there," said Condrey.

"They have a lot of legacy, history and knowledge with the franchise. They bring a lot of ideas of things they wanted to do in Modern Warfare 2 but didnít get to just because of time." Sledgehammer meanwhile has top talent from EA's Dead Space franchise.

"So together, we push each other to look at every part of the game. The campaign, is it epic? What can we do to really push that forward?"

"Spec Ops, how do we make sure itís the best? So thereís a commitment to excellence, leave it all on the table, just push as hard as you can mentality."

What about the conflict between Activision's Call of Duty and EA's Battlefield?

"Well I can tell you, Iím not sure if you caught Eric Hirshbergís speech at keynote at GDC a couple of days ago where he talked about his view on competition which I share, I think thereís some people feel like only one person can win and only one person can lose," said the studio co-founder. EA heartily disagrees and says Call of Duty's days are finite.

"I donít view it as a win-lose situation."

"I think the industry is healthy and there are a ton of fans out there who love games and great content. And Iím a fan. At the root of my passion for games, Iím a fan. I think thereís fantastic stuff for everyone. Uncharted 3 looks great, right? Iím glad to see that."

Check out the full interview between Michael Condrey and NowGamer.
Source: NowGamer


By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 26, 2011
Finally a healthy look at the situation. It's ridiculous how some people think that just because they are similar in some respects, the two franchises cannot coexist.
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Aug 26, 2011
@unsilviu - Exactly, some people like both games!
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Aug 26, 2011
...while others have a preference :).

For me the current generation is all about BF3, COD is getting a bit dated tech wise.
Or the above statement would be true if EA would not have made Origin into spyware. So they get no pennies from me. And like i said i don't care much about COD this generation, so in the end i'll get neither.

I would not have imagined this result a few moths ago :(.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 26, 2011
Activation's line in this has always been non-confrontational and all about their game and not the competition. It has and still is EA slinging the mud and trying (and failing) to incite a war between the two titles. If anything it has backfired on EA badly, and with the dastardly state of Origin "BF 3" may just come out the worse for ware.
Word to Sleddgehammer: just make a working, no hitches (as in non "BlOps" fiasco) game that launches right off the mark.
To EA: Close down the crap , and just get on with sorting out you're own backyard.

"BF 3" appeals more to me these days as an older gamer, as "CoD" has become a twitch shooter. Aside from that, both will be top quailty, if the bugs are ironed out before release (I still remember "BF 2"'s release day - not pretty).
By neilmike (SI Core) on Aug 27, 2011
fuckin' hell and i simply don't give a donkey's turd about who wins between the two upcoming fantastic games !!, yep, i'll get them both anyway....
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 27, 2011
Language, Neil. There are ladies and minors on this site, mate.
By neilmike (SI Core) on Aug 28, 2011
okay i apologise to the ladies and minors for my language..i'll try be better next time...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 29, 2011
...sure you will:)