'Call of Duty Vietnam'? Sledgehammer Was Developing Stealthy Third-Person Shooter Before 'Advanced Warfare'

By Alex Wolfe , Updated May 05, 2014 07:33 PM EDT
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We were introduced this past weekend to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, the latest entry in the famous shooter being developed by Sledgehammer games.

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The future setting with high-jumping, wall-climbing exoskeletons is a first for the franchise, but Sledgehammer very nearly developed a completely different game before being assigned to help co-develop 2011's Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward.

According to Game Informer, Sledgehammer was working on a version of Call of Duty that featured a third-person viewpoint and a Vietnam War setting. The quotes come from Glen Schofield, the co-founder of Sledgehammer games.

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"We were really getting into the story," Schofield said to GI of the now-dead CoD game. "We had a big moment that I would love to get into a game someday, but it's not something we could do in first-person.

"We did a lot of research on that war," he said of the Vietnam War. "We were definitely going for some Dead Space moments. It was going to be a fresh take on war, that's for sure."

So, sounds to me like a cross of Splinter Cell and Dead Space, a sort of stealthy third-person military shooter set in what was one of America's longest and most opposed conflicts.

What do you think of the potential for a third-person 'Nam-centered Call of Duty? Let us know in the comments.

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