For years, Infinity Ward and Treyarch have been like rebellious wheels on Call of Duty's shopping trolley, yanking the creative agenda this way and that. Hatchets appear to have been buried with
Modern Warfare 3, however, which loans the Gun Game and One in the Chamber modes from Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling says the studios will band together more in future.
"I think there will always be a lot of communication back and forth. At the end of the day we are two different developers and we have different opinions about the games we make and the games they make," Bowling told OXM in an interview.
"When we do something really great it would be good for theirs, and when they do something really great it would be good for ours, so I think you are going to see a lot more of that. We're taking in feedback as a franchise as a whole, not just our individual iterations any more."
He made similar remarks to NowGamer. "Every year, we have that challenge of looking at what the previous Call of Duty has done, and trying to learn from that and better our own game because of it. do the same thing with Treyarch games, and I hope that they do the same thing with our games."
Even discounting the inevitable Modern Warfare 4, Infinity Ward has its work cut out over the coming months, with a full season of Modern Warfare 3 content drops to ship in collaboration with Raven Studios and Sledgehammer Games. Treyarch, meanwhile, is hotly tipped to be working on Black Ops 2.
Both teams have the next gen hardware question to reckon with. How should Call of Duty change during the leap to Xbox 720? "After any big project you sit down and decide where we want to go next," Bowling commented, "and in that conversation we consider what new technology is going to be available to us, what restrictions no longer apply that were there in the past and what our resources are, so especially in a transitional period in our industry that's also something we have to take in.
"Right now, we haven't decided what our next move is as Infinity Ward, but we are going to be taking all of that to our next iteration."
Read the rest of the Bowling interview in issue 83, on sale now. It's the one featuring a scary man with scary hair, also known as Far Cry 3 villain Vaas.