Modern Warfare 3 to be a Sledgehammer Affair Says Analyst

The fallout between publisher Activision and developer Infinity Ward is one of the largest industry disasters in recent memory. When a game like Modern Warfare 2 makes millions of dollars in profit and in-turn half the staff of the development team is let go only months later, you know something went terribly, terribly wrong. Rumors have surfaced that the creators of the Call of Duty series will have nothing to do with Modern Warfare 3, and one Analyst has predicted that Activision’s latest acquisition, Sledgehammer games, will instead take over the developing duties this time around.

For those of you unfamiliar with Sledgehammer games, both Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey from EA’s Visceral Games left the company to take over at Activision’s latest creation around November 2009. It was originally believed that the team was working on a third-person shooter for the franchise, however it was later confirmed that it will indeed be a FPS, which Janco Partners’ Mike Hickey thinks will be none other than Modern Warfare 3.

We believe Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released in fiscal ’11, likely developed by Sledgehammer Games, and could sell in excess of +18 million units.

Excess of 18 million units sold? That would be quite the feat, and it makes you wonder what Infinity Ward has cooking in the kitchen.