Who wants to see the first footage of a cancelled Call of Duty game?
Anyone who feels a little fatigue over the yearly cycle of Call of Duty titles shouldn’t get too excited by this footage of Call of Duty: Devil’s Brigade – unfortunately the shooter was nixed.
Promising to be a third-person, squad-based offshoot of the military series, Devil’s Brigade was set to take the action back to WWII for an Italian-set tale. The first details of the cancelled project, plus the below gameplay footage, come from The Verge.
Development duties on the game had been handed to publisher Activision internal studio Z-Axis but after the release of 2007′s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – which took the series to new commercial heights and into the modern battlefield – the game was cancelled nine months into its development.
“We were ready for our final green light just as the merger with Vivendi/Blizzard was announced,” said Kyle Brink, lead designer of on the game.
“As is normal in a merger, you do everything you can to clean up your balance sheet. A studio that isn’t in full production on a title with major revenue attached to it, which is about to ask for tens of millions in development dollars, is a great candidate for closure at that point.
“Was this also a way to keep IW [Modern Warfare developers Infinity Ward] happy after they had just produced Modern Warfare and made a hojillion dollars? Perhaps, but nobody ever put it to us that way.”
A second, as-yet unseen third-person shooter offshoot of the series has been in development as recently as last year by Sledgehammer Games, though the team were then parchuted in to help create Modern Warfare 3 alongside a resource-stripped Infinity Ward. The two co-founders of Infinity Ward were both sacked by Activision in early 2011 for attempting to sign a deal with rivals EA, while their loss led to a mass defection to the duo’s newly-formed Respawn Entertainment.
According to an interview Glen Schofield of Sledgehammer gave in November 2011, the new responsibilities of the studio have meant that their third-person shooter title will likely be cancelled.