That's even after the mass exodus of staff. Even patients fresh from a coma, unaware of their troubles, would know they're the "real deal" meeting them.
"I will say that the Infinity Ward that I’m meeting with today is one of the most talented developers in the world," decreed CEO Eric Hirshberg. "There’s still a lot of talent and a lot of vision inside that studio, and if I had just woken up from a coma and never read a press release about Infinity Ward and just gone to my meetings with them, I would have walked out and said, 'those guys are the real deal'.”
Hirshberg also praised fellow Call of Duty ward (pun optional) - Treyarch - for being able to meet the expectations of fans for the series. "Treyarch is of course going to remain a centerpiece of our efforts on Call of Duty, and they have been."
"From the beginning, they’ve been contributing. I think that they’ve broke through to another level with this game. I think that they really just put their head down, tuned out the noise, and got to a pretty elite level in terms of the game that they’ve delivered here."
"They will, of course, figure prominently into our future plans and management of the franchise," continued Hirshberg. Most critics and gamers have been impressed with Black Ops for its thrilling campaign story, set during the Cold War.
Then there's that other studio. "Sledgehammer, with Glen Schofield and their performance in Dead Space and what they’ve done in the past, I’ve nothing but high hopes for their contributions," added the Activision boss. "We’ve got an unprecedented level of talent contributing to this franchise." The next Call of Duty should be from Infinity.