Ex-CoD dev Michael Condrey forms 2K studio to make new game - Dexerto

Ex-CoD dev Michael Condrey forms 2K studio to make new game

Published: 11/Feb/2020 17:46

by Eli Becht


Former Sledgehammer Games and Call of Duty developer Michael Condrey is helming a new studio with 2K Games called 31st Union, and he’s already gotten to work on a game.

Since his departure from the Sledgehammer, Condrey has been rather outspoken about the popular series. In the months leading up to the release of Modern Warfare, he claimed Activision made Modern Warfare “controversial” so they would make headlines.

Following the release of the game, Condrey has maintained a lower profile, with a new studio to run. On February 11, news broke that his new company was named 31st Union and they are already developing a title.

WWII was Sledgehammer’s latest CoD, released in 2017.

According to a job listing, it sounds like this title could actually end up being a direct competitor to the Call of Duty franchise. The San Francisco based company is looking for somebody who has a “strong passion for online multiplayer action games.”

It sounds as though his studio will be gearing up to make something in the same vein as CoD, but details are unclear. It will be a hard task to take on if this is indeed what he has planned, since Activision said back in December that Modern Warfare has become the most-played CoD this console generation. With that said, Condrey remains excited about his “ambitious” new title.

“31st Union is off to an incredible start with a passionate and talented team, an intentioned culture that champions inclusivity and greater representation, and an ambitious and inspired new IP that we’re extremely excited about,” he said in a press release.

Modern Warfare is the most popular CoD title of this console generation.

However, just because a new company has the backing of a big-name developer, it doesn’t necessarily mean whatever they are making will be successful. When Cliff Bleszinski split from Epic Games to found his own studio, Boss Key Games, he also had set high goals for himself.

Under this umbrella, he released both Radical Heights and Lawbreakers, the latter of which actually received positive reviews from critics. Neither game was able to find much of an audience and the company ended up folding in just under four years.

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Lawbreakers ended up dooming Boss Key Studios.

That doesn’t mean Condrey’s company is doomed to the same fate, but it will definitely be interesting to keep an eye on. We don’t know much about the IP in development, but in Take Two’s investor call, the publisher confirmed we’ll be learning more about the project in the next couple of months.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals Warzone cosmetics for Nuke event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 11:26

by Connor Bennett


New Black Ops Cold War leaks have pointed towards Warzone rewards for the impending nuke event that looks likely to bring a new map to Call of Duty’s battle royale mode. 

When the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare year was coming to a close, many wondered what would happen to Warzone. Would it make the move over to Black Ops Cold War or remain a separate entity?

Well, in that time, there’s been plenty of speculation about a new map and a move to the Cold War engine – especially as the Nuke, which appeared in Verdansk during the reveal event for the new game, still hasn’t been launched. 

However, it looks like the weapon of mass destruction could soon be set to lift off and kickstart Warzone’s integration with Cold War after some new cosmetics surfaced. 

Warzone operator running with gun
Infinity Ward
Warzone hasnt made the move to Cold War just yet, but it appears as if its coming soon.

Call of Duty leaker WarzoneNewz posted an image of an emblem where a Nuke can be seen blasting off around the Soviet flag – making it look like a Sickle. 

Additionally, there is a calling card for Alcatraz, or at least a map based on Alcatraz anyway – with Russian propaganda billboards being used on the main building in the centre of the image. 

The long-standing theory, since the Nuke arrived on Verdansk, has been that it will blast off and destroy Verdansk, giving way for some sort of rebirthed version of Alcatraz, given Treyarch used the small, prison map back in Blackout – the first attempt at Call of Duty Battle Royale. However, nothing has been confirmed. 

During the Cold War reveal event, where players were tasked with running around Verdansk and completing certain tasks, unique emblems and calling cards were released. So, it would make sense that they’d want to commemorate another live event with rewards for players who are there.

However, we’ll just have to wait and see what Treyarch decides to do, as there’s been no confirmation, just yet, about whether there will be another map or if it’s just going to be an extension of Verdansk.