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Mark Rubin no longer at Infinity Ward; former Lead Designer returns as Multiplayer Project Director

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UPDATE: Mark Rubin issued a statement to Polygon about his decision to leave Infinity Ward:

As you know, I had been at IW since the tail end of CoD2 development. Got to be part of the 360 launch and watch CoD become a massive franchise. It’s been just under 10 years at IW and I was just ready to retire. I didn’t leave because of anything that “happened” at work, rather I just wanted to stop working and start enjoying life outside of work. I’ve been amazingly lucky to have been apart of one of the most amazing and influential properties in all of entertainment and that success has given me the opportunity to retire earlier than most people get to. So yea I’m happy and doing well. I’ve got some business investments that I’m working on but for the most part I’m hanging out with friends more than I was able to in the past and enjoying my passion for video games — not as a developer. 🙂

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Polygon has reported that Mark Rubin has departed Infinity Ward. Mark Rubin worked as the Executive Producer at Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Ghosts; he was with Infinity Ward since Call of Duty 3. Mark Rubin left earlier this year, but it’s unclear as to why he departed; Activision declined to issue a comment on his departure. Polygon has stated that there’s no information if a replacement for Rubin has been named.

In addition, former Lead Designer on Call of Duty, Todd Alderman, who left during the 2010 Infinity Ward / Activision law suit crisis, has returned as the Multiplayer Project Director, Activision confirmed to Polygon. Alderman worked on desigining multiplayer from Call of Duty 1 up to Modern Warfare 2 during his time at Infinity Ward. After originally leaving Infinity Ward, Alderman joined Respawn, but left in 2012; since then, he has been at Riot Games.

“The chance to come back to Infinity Ward and Call of Duty is something I didn’t think would ever happen,” Alderman told Polygon in a prepared statement. “It’s been five years since I’ve been here and a lot has changed. There are a lot of new faces and motivated people who want to make something great. It’s a really cool game concept that I want to be a part of. I can’t wait to see what we do with a three-year dev cycle.”

Infinity Ward has been through many changes since its inception; in 2010, after a big law suit, co-founders Vince Zampella and Jason West departed, taking many employees with them to their new Respawn studio. Just last year, Infinity Ward announced that they’ve merged with Neversoft. Infinity Ward’s studio head also changed following merging with Neversoft; Dave Stohl, previously Executive Vice President at Activision, took over as the studio head of Infinity Ward. Stohl issued the following comment about today’s news:

“This is about hiring the best talent for the right position,” Stohl said. “Todd’s accomplishments speak for themselves. We’re happy to have him lead multiplayer development here at Infinity Ward as well as provide a level of leadership across the entire studio team. Following last year’s combination with Neversoft, we’ve continued to add some great talent throughout the studio. As we focus on the future, there’s a real sense of energy that has us all excited about what’s to come.”

Over the past several months, Infinity Ward has been adding new developers on to their team. In July 2014, two Naughty Dog developers joined the team. In September 2014, 3D programmer on Far Cry 4, Michal Drobot, joined as the Principals Rendering Engineer.

Last year, Activision made a big change to the Call of Duty development cycle; they transitioned into a three year cycle, giving studios an extra year on each release. With that, Sledgehammer Games took 2014 with Advanced Warfare, and Treyarch’s next title is confirmed to come this year, which means we should expect Infinity Ward’s next title in 2016.

SOURCE: Polygon

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Estimated total number of players on PlayStation 4 for each Call of Duty title since 2013

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Last week, Sony launched the PS4 My Life campaign which allows PlayStation 4 players to see some of their stats. Statistics include overall play-time, top 3 most-played games, rarest trophy, and more.

The rarest trophy statistic provides the exact number of players who earned said trophy. Using this data, Redditor /u/Kalinine has created a report on /r/CallofDuty estimating the total number of players each Call of Duty title since 2013 received on PlayStation 4.

It’s important to note that these are simply rough estimations – Activision has not confirmed these numbers.

Black Ops 4’s numbers will appear significantly low due to releasing only 2 months ago. The influx of players from Christmas also have yet to arrive.

via /u/Kalinine | /r/CallofDuty

In order of highest player count to lowest…

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III – 54.7M
  2. Call of Duty: WWII – 25.5M
  3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – 21.3M
  4. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – 18.4M
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts – 13.2M
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – 10.6M
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – 9.8M

Black Ops III’s player count is incredibly high, likely to it being available for free to all PlayStation Plus members from June 12th to July 11th, 2018.

While this is a rough idea of total player counts, there’s still many variables which contribute to its inaccuracy.

  • It’s assumed that the numbers are global, however this cannot be confirmed.
  • It’s not known whether these numbers are players who launched the titles or simply had them installed.
  • According to Redditors, the numbers span only from November 20th to December 4th, 2018.
  • The author of the report did not include Trophies with a percentage lower than 0.5% to reduce inaccuracy.

What are your thoughts on these numbers? While it may seem worrying to see Black Ops 4’s numbers low, it’s important to take into account all of the aforementioned points.

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All Call of Duty titles on sale for Steam Winter and Xbox Countdown sales

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The holidays are here! Steam and Xbox have launched their Winter and Countdown sales respectively. From the original Call of Duty up to Black Ops 4, plenty of Call of Duty titles are on sale on both platforms.

Steam (PC)

Steam’s Winter Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019 at 10AM PT. All prices are in US Dollar.

It’s important to note that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, is available exclusively on Battle.net for PC and thus is not included.

Xbox One / Xbox 360

Xbox’s Countdown Sale began December 20th, 2018 and ends January 3rd, 2019. All prices are in US Dollar. Xbox Live Gold members also receive up to an additional 10% off.

All of the following Xbox 360 titles are Backwards Compatible on Xbox One.

Do you plan to pick up any of the titles while they’re on-sale?

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Call of Duty Black Friday Deals 2018

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Black Friday 2018 is here! In this post, we are sharing all of the Call of Duty related deals that are available at retailers across the US.

Here’s a breakdown of deals by retailers and digital stores:

PlayStation Store:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $47.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass — $24.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles — $19.49
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Deluxe Edition – $49.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Season Pass — $24.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe Edition — $49.99
  • PlayStation Plus 12 Months Membership — $39.99

Xbox Store: 

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $47.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Edition — $89.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Enhanced — $116.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered — $20.00
  • Call of Duty: WWII Digital Deluxe Edition — $50.00
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $30.00
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $16.49
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Backwards Compatible on Xbox One) — $14.99

GameStop:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $38
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $29.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles Edition — $24.99
  • PlayStation Plus 1 Year — $39.99
  • PlayStation 4 Slim with Spider Man — $199.99
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (Pre-Owned) — $11.99
  • Xbox One X with Fallout 76 — $429.99
  • Xbox One S with NBA2K — $229.99

Best Buy

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $44.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII Gold Edition — $24.99
  • PlayStation Plus 12 Month — $39.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered — $14.99
  • PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB with Spider Man — $199.99
  • Xbox One S 1TB – $199

Walmart

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 with Double XP — $39.99
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered — $17
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — $12
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Xbox One / Xbox 360) — $12
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 (Xbox One / Xbox 360) — $12
  • Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox One / Xbox 360) — $12
  • PlayStation 4 1TB Slim with Spider Man — $199.99
  • Xbox One X 1TB Console — $399
  • Xbox One S 1TB with Minecraft — $199

Target:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 — $44.99
  • Call of Duty: WWII — $25

If you’re looking to get a new console this Black Friday, PlayStation has stated that PS4 Slims with Spider Man will be available at retailers for $199. Xbox has announced that they’re reducing the price of all Xbox One consoles, so be sure to check each retailer for the deal.

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