Even until now, Infinity Ward is attempting to explain the whole hullabaloo regarding the name they accorded to Modern Warfare 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, and PC). And rambling as this explanation may seem to you, it oddly makes sense to me. From what I can gather, they want it to be recognized more for its Modern-Warfare-ness more than its being a Call of Duty iteration... get it?
Here, lead designer Todd Alderman explains (again) in an interview with Joystiq:
Well there are a lot of different factors involved, but we wanted to make sure, and I tried to state this at the beginning, that this is a different game. I mean it is not it has got 2 on it obviously, but it is not just a sequel. It is not just another Call of Duty game. It is a big new thing and we want people to associate it with Modern Warfare 2. And it is the same story, so it is in the Call of Duty universe.Does it even matter what the rationale was behind the naming of this hot coming-soon-title? Modern Warfare 2 comes out November 11th, and I don't think it's gonna be the name that the fans are gonna go crazy over.
So messaging it both ways, I think it s helpful. People that are in the know, know what Modern Warfare 2 is. People that know what Call of Duty is might not necessarily get it in a way, but establishing that identity and making sure that this is Modern Warfare 2. It is not just Call of Duty blah, blah, blah. It is Modern Warfare 2. And then having the Call of Duty we are not denying it is Call of Duty.
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