Modern Warfare vets working on new Call of Duty game

A handful of original Modern Warfare devs return to work on Infinity Ward's new Call of Duty game.

Published May 11, 2019 3:19 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:48 AM CST
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Recent LinkedIn resumes strongly hint this year's Call of Duty will be Modern Warfare 4.

Modern Warfare vets working on new Call of Duty game |

A number of high-profile devs have joined back up with Infinity Ward to help guide this year's Call of Duty game. The bulk of the devs joined years ago, presumably as development of Call of Duty 2019 was ramping up, and worked on numerous Modern Warfare games. The devs also held previous positions at studios like Respawn. Noted first by Gamespot, the listings suggest this year's big mainline shooter will in fact be Modern Warfare 4.

Activision has yet to announce the new Call of Duty game but a formal reveal should happen before E3 2019 (as is customary for the franchise). The publisher confirmed Call of Duty 2019 will have a singleplayer story-driven campaign with co-op elements to boot, and is described as a "giant step for the franchise" that is "deeply rooted in Call of Duty history."

"This Fall's launch is going to resonate very powerfully with our community. It is an amazing game, it'll feature an entirely new campaign, a huge and expansive multiplayer world, and fun co-op gameplay," Activision COO Coddy Johnson said in a Q3 earnings call.

Check below for more info on the Modern Warfare vets that joined Infinity Ward to work on the new game:

  • Gameplay director Zied Rieke returned in June 2017 from a 3-year stint at Naughty Dog. He previously served as lead designer at Infinity Ward for a whopping 12 years and had the longest contribution to Call of Duty out of the devs listed here.
  • Animation director Mark Grigsby came back in 2017, and served as a lead animator on Modern Warfare 2.
  • Senior designer Alex Roycewicz joined back up in 2018. He previously worked at Infinity Ward as a level designer for 4 years and 3 months, working on Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.
  • Multiplayer design director Geoffrey Smith joined Infinity Ward again in 2017. He had previously worked as a designer at the company from 2005 through 2010, a time that spans multiple Modern Warfare releases.
  • Studio art director Joel Emslie joined in early 2017 and previously worked at Infinity Ward as lead character artist for nearly 6 years.

Call of Duty 2019 is slated to release sometime in November and has yet to be officially revealed.

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