Community manager Tina Palacios talks about moving on from the Modern Warfare series.
Call of Duty: Ghosts is less than two months away, but prior to the announcement, there was clamouring and rumours for a sequel to Modern Warfare. However, community manager Tina Palacios clarified to Videogamer, that’s not going to be happening, likely ever at this point.
“After Modern Warfare 3 ended, we already knew from the beginning that we didn’t want to do another one. There was no way we were going to do another one. We wanted to go in a new direction.”
Unlike Modern Warfare, Ghosts offered the chance to “craft a story that gave players an origin synopsis into why you want to care about these characters. We never did with any characters in Modern Warfare. They were standalone in the moment, and we wanted to have players feel like they could connect to Hesh and Logan and the Ghost squad.”
Of course, following the departure of so many devs from the studio in 2010 following the falling out between Bobby Kotick and the original founders of Infinity Ward, it’s also been suggested that moving to a new location in the series will offer a fresh start.
“I feel like it’s not necessarily the game that gave us that sense [of a fresh start], it’s more of moving into a new studio. It’s a unique situation to be in for any studio because for us making Ghosts, not only are we putting our heart and soul into the game but we’re still really close friends with other developers. I think what we’re trying to do is create a game without anything else holding us back. We really just want to focus on creating an experience that’s new and fresh for us because ultimately if we don’t enjoy what we’re doing we’re not going to be there.
“So yeah, our main focus is just making sure that we ourselves would go home and play Ghosts without thinking of anything else on the side.”
Call of Duty: Ghosts release on November 5th for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC with an Xbox One and PS4 release due on their respective console launches.