It's no secret that Infinity Ward has had to pull through a rather difficult transition after former heads Jason West and Vince Zampella were forcefully ejected from the Call of Duty studio. Skeptics are questioning their ability to create a stellar Modern Warfare experience, but as Activision's publishing exec Eric Hirshberg explains, the "new" Infinity Ward is "an unbelievably talented studio" and they're out to prove something with Modern Warfare 3.
"A lot of the guys working on Modern Warfare 3 are the same guys who worked on Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare. A lot of them are Infinity Ward sort of lifers and have been there from the beginning. A lot of what you're referring to, a lot of the turmoil, it all happened before I got here, so I never got to work with the old Infinity Ward," Hirshberg explained to Industry Gamers.
"I only got to work with the new Infinity Ward, and all I can tell you is while they went through a huge transition, and while there was a lot of rebuilding that had to happen and they had to bring in some new talent to replace some of the people that had left, this is one of the most dazzlingly creative group of people I've ever met in my life."
"And so anyone who tells you, 'This is not the real Infinity Ward' is wrong. This is an unbelievable developer, an unbelievably talented studio... and they've got something to prove, too. I think they've taken a lot of pride in proving the skeptics wrong and so far, the reception of Modern Warfare 3 has been pretty great."
Infinity Ward is also, for the first time, working in collaboration with Sledgehammer Games on Modern Warfare 3. An interesting partnership with some "healthy creative tensions," according to Hirshberg.
"The other thing that I commend them for and that I'm excited about is that they welcomed in a partner and that was probably a decision born out of necessity..." he said. "And Sledgehammer truly has treated them as partners, and the game is a reflection of a combined vision between those two studios. And to my great delight it is a one plus one equals three situation. The game has gotten better because of these two very strong, creative forces working together."