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FindMakarov is a MW3 HOAX!

February 27, 2011 in COD8, Infinity Ward, NEWS, Sledgehammer

Earlier I posted I may have missed my speculation on the next Call of Duty, COD8………Well thanks to the investigative work of Geoff Keighley (of GTTV) he may have saved my earlier speculation :) Turns out the FindMakarov website that went viral (to the point of bringing down it’s server for a while) is a nothing but a big “Fish Tale”! I must say that this “COD Hoax” was “Brilliant” marketing, as it went SO Viral; however, it has nothing to do with Activision (which owns Call of Duty).

MW3-FindMakarov-Hoax

“Let me be clear we are not revealing yet. Anything indicating otherwise is a hoax.” – Activision Spokesperson

Geoff Keighley wrote: (from gameslice.com)
“Instead, I can exclusively report that Findmakarov.com is the creation of We Can Pretend, an independent Toronto, Canada-based creative collective that is expected to launch a project inspired by Call of Duty on March 2. Production sources who worked on the self-funded project call it visually spectacular.

From what I can tell Activision has no involvement and was seemingly as surprised as we were when the teaser website went live yesterday morning. I’ll update this post as I learn more.”

So what might it be? Who is behind it?

CODBUNKER’s “Take”:

What: Who cares, it’s not Call of Duty related, and that’s all we are about here, is COD :P

Who: Best Guess would have to be one of the following “Top” Canadian VG Studios:
Ubisoft (Call of Juarez)
Radical Entertainment (Prototype)
Bioware (Mass Effect)
Relic Entertainment (Company of Heroes) also releasing Dawn of War II in March (doubtful on them)

What say U?

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Is MW3 going to be announced or just a teaser?

February 25, 2011 in COD8, Infinity Ward, MW3, Sledgehammer

Well folks, it looks like CODBUNKER may have missed the first shot at speculation on the who, what when, where, why with regards to the Next Call of Duty….. COD8. You can read some of the old posts concerning these speculations that were based on rumors. (NOTE: consider this article rumor as well! Rule of thumb, until a press release………it is just rumor)
Previous Speculation #1
Previous Speculation #2
Previous Speculation #3

Today I noticed a “Tweet” from @STONEYeleven (Jake Stoneburner of THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES :D ) that was a ReTweet from IGN. Previously I had been ignoring the “other rumors” until I checked this info out. Now THIS seemed “more solid” intel so far that I have seen and it was derived by “That Video Game Blog”

So after reading these articles, I started to become “swayed” myself, into believing that the next COD will in fact be Modern Warfare 3. (Note MW3 is noted as being a “Prequel” to the MW and MW2) I have also noted that @fourzerotwo (Robert Bowling of IW) has become “more active” lately on twitter…..hmmmmmmm… So I then attempted to check out this site the articles were talking about (that has a countdown timer in the “font” “style” of Modern Warfare) and went to findmarkarov.com only to see that it’s server was down. (this could be due to many hits after the intel was sent out…….who knows?)

So not being able to actually see the site for myself, I decided to dig into who owns it. A quick search produced that the “owner” was Contactprivacy.com which is a website to hide the owners identity with a way to contact the “real owner”. Dead End? Hell no! ;) So checking the IP address of the host for the website show that it is hosted by Media Temple, Inc. of Culver, California………..hmmmmm now were getting closer to Activision ;) Doing a quick search of MTI and Activision comes up with MANY hits and clearly shows that Activision uses this host a lot. Also, I was able to look at the page source and seen the Shockwave video was named

MW3-Activision-IW-Sledgehammer

So it would certainly seem legit that Activision OWNS findmakarov.com and it would also seem that this is tied to Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward)! Now……..What about Sledgehammer Games?! Well it looks as if the rumor from This article from Joystiq may in fact be true. Also note on SHG’s Facebook page: “GDC is right around the corner! Come visit Sledgehammer Games at Activision’s Booth #2526 in the Career Pavilion, March 2-4th. ” March 2-4 ????? Hmmmm………I think we may see a joint press release at this event which coincides in dates with what findmakarov.com is teasing……We shall find out soon enough, at the VERY LEAST I hope we finally get to be introduced to SHG’s Community Manager!

So what are YOUR thoughts?

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Is Sledgehammer Games is making COD8 ?

January 5, 2011 in COD8, NEWS, Sledgehammer

So what is Sledgehammer Games up to? What Call of Duty FPS game are they making? I believe that I’ve got most of the other Studios figured out, but SHG is being real sneaky here, LOL. Read on below, and maybe we can “out” them together ;-)

Sledgehammer_Studio_COD8

From ACTIVISION PRESS RELEASE on March 2, 2010
“The company is also for the first time announcing that a new game in the Call of Duty series is expected to be released in 2011 and that Sledgehammer Games, a newly formed, wholly owned studio, is in development on a Call of Duty game that will extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre. Sledgehammer is helmed by industry veterans Glen A. Schofield and Michael Condrey. Prior to joining Activision Publishing, Schofield was the Executive Producer of the award-winning game, Dead Space and Michael Condrey was the Sr. Development Director on the game. The Dead Space franchise has won more than 80 industry awards worldwide including the prestigious A.I.A.S. Action Game of the Year and two B.A.F.T.A.S.”

(MORE INTEL)
Glen Schofield Tweets:

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Working w/ military guys- their stories will blow you away. Names/locations will change but some situations going in the game- real stuff!

I like some of the suggestions/thoughts/ideas/issues fans r sending me 4 making CoD games better. Thanx-always looking 4 feedback #shgames

@thebigb82 thank u! We r working extremely hard & passionately for the CoD fans. We know u expect the best & that’s what we plan 2 deliver.

Still in military country- humvees on the road, V-22′s and jet fighters going 2 fast to make out what they r. Everyone in fatigues. Cool.

North Carolina is freakin hot! But military bases and museums all around. Great reference and info. #shgames

Lots of job openings at Sledgehammer. Work on something you’ll never forget nor will be forgotten. This is big. Www.sledgehammergames.com

Just bought a boatload of movies for research on the game. Heading to Gamestop to pick up a couple games.

Sledgehammer games is working on a FPS CoD game!
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BASED on the tweets alone, one can conclude that SHGames is NOT doing “Future Warfare” (Read the first tweet closely) I’d also like to find his local “Movie Rental” spot :D Bribe the check out clerk, Great intel there ;-)

What we know:
Infinity Ward is “supposed” to be the “Modern Era” (more in upcoming post)
Treyarch is WWII to Cold War (more in upcoming post)
Bungie, Makers of Halo IMHO will be the “Future Warfare” Studio (more in upcoming post)

So what are you up to Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey (besides bantering back & forth like a married couple, LOL)???

Here is the best that CODBUNKER can speculate: Firstly……how “Modern” is “Modern Warfare”? Secondly I would think Treyarch stops at Cuban Missile crisis or slightly after. This IMHO leaves maybe the late 70′s until maybe early 90′s, it’s real hard to say; however, I can’t get past Glen’s tweet “Working w/ military guys- their stories will blow you away. Names/locations will change but some situations going in the game- real stuff!” & “Just bought a boatload of movies for research on the game.” Did he watch movies like: The Killing Fields, Black Hawk Down, The Falcon and the Snowman, Courage Under Fire, Welcome to Sarajevo??? At any rate, WE WILL FIND OUT THIS YEAR (2011) IMHO, because SHG has been working HARD (per news/tweets/etc) and not much has been said about Infinity Ward until recently; therefore, it leads one to believe that COD8 will in fact be created by SHG and released in 2011 (November-ish)……….So what say YOU???

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