Abandoned Call of Duty Had Dead Space-like Elements

Abandoned Call of Duty Had Dead Space-like Elements

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Before focusing efforts on Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games was working on a creepy Call of Duty.

Speaking with Gamerzine at the Call of Duty XP event last week, Sledgehammer Games boss Glen Schofield revealed that his studio's mysterious third-person Call of Duty game shared a few elements with Visceral Games' Dead Space series.

"It was a third-person action-adventure game, it was a shooter, and it was not based in this era," said Schofield. "It had a lot of atmosphere like, I should say Dead Space a little bit because you were underground in some places. You know, war is hell, war is scary and that's what we were trying to get across."

"I want to make at least one more first-person shooter," Schofield said regarding the his future involvement with the Call of Duty series. "I want to get really good at it ... I would definitely, 100% work with Infinity Ward again because they're just the best. But I wouldn't mind giving Sledgehammer a shot on something."

I'm pretty certain terrorists aren't as jump-out-at-you scary as necromorphs. Zombie terrorist infants, on the other hand, would be a different story.

Source: Gamerzine, via G4

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So they tryed soemthing diffrent for once...
Then ditched it?
Because if done right that could be pretty cool.

[INSERT COMMENT ABOUT HOW BATTLEFIELD 3 WILL BEAT MW3Joke]

I could *kinda* see why they ditched it. It's hard to adjust the CoD gameplay elements to something slower paced. I mean, unless you go the stealth route, really.

In other news, TWO WEEKS TO RE4 HD! Whoo. I can finally finish that. Stupid scratched Wii disc...

That sounds pretty funky, an interesting concept.

So why the fuck was it abandoned?!

Jonny49:
That sounds pretty funky, an interesting concept.

So why the fuck was it abandoned?!

because they know MW3 will sell.

why change it if everyone still buys it?

A horror game where the horror comes from trying to survive the brutalities of war?

Sounds like an intriguing premise with boatloads of potential. But this is Activision. If it can't be turned into a semi-annual franchise, then fuck it.

WTF Call of Duty? You have a chance to actually innovate, but don't? Are you afraid that the retards who only play COD might get scared away?

Doesn't surprise me that it'd be like Dead Space given that there are some higher ups in Sledgehammer who came from Visceral if I am not mistaken.

The idea of something unique to Call of Duty is of course nice given the fact it's been largely unchanged in the past four iterations of the game.

Maybe they'll get put back on it once MW3 is out.

If they ever go back to that project, I hope they change from third-person to first person, Dead Space wasn't really scary and the third person didn't help.

Meh, probably going to do something like this for a whole game to wrap up the COD zombies storyline thing which they've started developing...
Anyway this sounds like 'innavation? FUCK IT MOAR MONEY MOAR MONEY NOW!!!'
:(

Scizophrenic Llama:
Doesn't surprise me that it'd be like Dead Space given that there are some higher ups in Sledgehammer who came from Visceral if I am not mistaken.

The idea of something unique to Call of Duty is of course nice given the fact it's been largely unchanged in the past four iterations of the game.

Maybe they'll get put back on it once MW3 is out.

From what I have heard, it's not been cancelled but put on hold.

sounds interesting. I hope they don't abandon this, because I love Dead Space

and hey, maybe if they stretch their innovating muscles a little and get it to sell, maybe other companies can follow suit.

I can dream, can't I?

You know? I keep wondering when Activision will release a new series called "call of the dead" with a "military vs zombies (or armed zombies)" kinda game...

I guess they decided to leave the innovation for the experts. Probably for the best.
CoD junkies will keep getting their fix, and the rest of us will play something else.

I like FPS, but I expect modern FPS games need to have more than just point, shoot, reload, repeat.

A call of duty that sounds more interesting than any new update they give about the current one. I think however it will be hard for them to break away from the "WE ARE AMERICAN SOLDIERS SO NATURALLY WE ARE AWESOME" vibe I get when ever I hear about the games.

imnotparanoid:
So they tryed soemthing diffrent for once...
Then ditched it?
Because if done right that could be pretty cool.

[INSERT COMMENT ABOUT HOW BATTLEFIELD 3 WILL BEAT MW3Joke]

I'm not sure how the studio that made Dead Space was trying to do something different by adding elements from Dead Space. It just seems kind of lazy, like "Hey cut that Necromorph and lets get a dude with an AK in there." Not saying it wouldn't be interesting, but I mean they could try depart from the RE4 format.

SO the big thing is that they were planning of making a game that took place underground and was creepy instead of above ground and not so creepy. That's not an innovation that a broad setting categorization like fantasy or sci-fi.

How cute they think Dead Space was funny, oh Dead Space how I hate thee, anyway I don't think it would've fit Call of Duty anyway, they should release it as a new IP maybe? I mean you just say from the creators of CoD MW, a Dead Space inspired game! And I think that'll be enough to sell it, maybe it could work as an spin off too. Regardless my opinion probably shouldn't matter due to my hate of Dead Space and the fact that I've never played CoD for more than 5 minutes.

Well, I understand why they dumped that idea.
BECAUSE IT HAD ACTUAL POTENTIAL.
*/Call of Duty Hate*

after that one ENN report "with" Sledgehammer...just can't seem to take the dev seriously anymore =P

Sorry, all I read in all that was "we were going to try something new, but felt we should run this genre into the floor as hard as possible before putting Agent Orange down on the next field".

I'm going to go with the idea that they refused something new and different because all their heads just exploded at too much innovation. Seriously? They were thinking of doing some creepy atmospheric elements in COD...cause that would of been really really cool..but no..it was not to be...

Jonny49:
That sounds pretty funky, an interesting concept.

So why the fuck was it abandoned?!

I think your first sentence answers your second one quite nicely.

The problem is that a large percentage of CoD's fanbase simply wants larger and bling-ier versions of what they're already familiar with, so as not to distract from yelling "BOOM HEADSHOT!" into a microphone in between declarations of your homosexuality and descriptions of various trysts with your mother.

 

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