Creating Call of Duty: Ghosts on next-gen is like an “awkward first date,” says executive producer
Authored by Matt Hadden
Executive producer on Call of Duty: Ghosts, Mark Rubin, has been talking to Edge Online about whether or not creating their upcoming title on both current and next-gen platforms has caused any problems tech wise.
I don’t think it’s holding next gen back. The way I look at it is the first game on a next gen console is the hardest one to make. It’s like a first date. There’s a lot of figuring out what’s going on and very little knowledge of each other. The second date, of course, gets much better, but the first date’s kind of awkward.
Take for example Call Of Duty 2 and the way that game looked even compared to even Call Of Duty 4. It’s a significant leap forward. So I think we’ll see something similar – I hope, as a games developer in general, not just of Call Of Duty, to see massive leaps forward as the generation gets more mature.
Rubin has also said that he “feels pressured” by Destiny and Titanfall and the fact that they are so unique and completely different from the same old formula that Call of Duty is using.
Yeah, there is a lot of pressure there. It would, in a sense, just be easier for us to go just make a brand new game that isn’t Call Of Duty, that doesn’t have any limitations. That would be the easy way out.
It’s actually much harder to know that you have something that’s very important to a lot of people, and a formula that people really love as it is. To change that every year is something that’s a huge challenge for us internally, but it drives a lot of our passion. We end up becoming our own biggest critics – when we ship, we postmortem what we did right and what we did wrong. We really tear it apart. That drives us to keep going on the franchise, and not take the easy way out, in a sense.
Are you fed up of the same old Call of Duty format, and excited to see games like Titanfall and Destiny taking a completely different approach? What do you think they should change in Call of Duty to get it out of the “same old game every year” hole it has got itself into?