With Jason West and Vince Zampella having been kicked out of their own party, one could argue whether or not Infinity Ward will manage to keep the world on edge with their next Call of Duty titles. According to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, the studio is fully capable of shouldering that task.
“I will say that the Infinity Ward that I’m meeting with today is one of the most talented developers in the world,” said Hirshberg. “There’s still a lot of talent and a lot of vision inside that studio, and if I had just woken up from a coma and never read a press release about Infinity Ward and just gone to my meetings with them, I would have walked out and said, ‘those guys are the real deal’.”
That’s not to say he forgot who “real deal” is at this moment, referring of course to Treyarch and its award-winning Call of Duty: Black Ops.
“Treyarch is of course going to remain a centerpiece of our efforts on Call of Duty, and they have been. From the beginning, they’ve been contributing. I think that they’ve broke through to another level with this game. I think that they really just put their head down, tuned out the noise, and got to a pretty elite level in terms of the game that they’ve delivered here. They will, of course, figure prominently into our future plans and management of the franchise,” said the CEO.
Hirshberg is also backing up Sledgehammer, the latest studio to enter this world with a task to deliver yet another triple-A Call of Duty game, a hundred percent, expressing his admiration for “Glen Schofield and their performance in Dead Space and what they’ve done in the past,” adding that he has “nothing but high hopes for their contributions.”