A new report reveals that the development time for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was considerably shorter than that of previous entries. The latest installment in the first-person shooter franchise was reportedly developed in just a year-and-a-half or 16 months by Sledgehammer Games – the normal development time for new Call of Duty games is typically around 3 years. Development was apparently rushed due to another Call of Duty game that was delayed out of 2023.
According to Bloomberg, some developers at Sledgehammer Games initially believed that they were simply making an expansion to last year’s Modern Warfare 2 before Activision decided to make it a full release. However, Sledgehammer studio head Aaron Halon refuted this claim, saying it was always intended to be a premium release and a back-to-back sequel.
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Regarding the reports of Modern Warfare 3 starting development as an expansion, Halon stated:
“On behalf of the extremely talented team across Sledgehammer Games and our partner studios with whom we’ve collaborated on development, this has been a labor of love to lead the first ever back-to-back sequel in Call of Duty.”
Bloomberg reported that the original setting for the game was Mexico but this was changed as a fully rebooted story that included the franchise’s iconic villain Vladimir Makarov.
As for who or what you should believe, that’s honestly up to players to decide. However, judging by the negative reviews so far, with criticism from fans and media outlets especially directed at the single-player campaign’s cobbled-together and rushed nature, the product might speak for itself.
In related news, disgruntled fans mistakenly review bombed 2011’s Modern Warfare 3 on Metacritic thinking it was the latest entry, which shares the same name. Other players reported that they were unable to launch Modern Warfare 3 without first launching Modern Warfare 2 for some reason.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is now available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.