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Modern Warfare Writer Tells EGM Why He Refused Work On Modern Warfare 3

Posted on September 10, 2011 AT 06:51pm

THE BUZZ: Writer Jesse Stern worked on the first two Modern Warfare games, but not the third. In the new issue EGM we asked him why and got some blunt answers.

“My primary relationship, creatively, was with Jason [West] and Vincent [Zampella] and so my loyalty is to those guys and their team. I’ve never even met anyone from Activision, except for some publicity people. So when I was approached through my agency, CAA, about working on Modern Warfare 3, I wasn’t interested,” Stern explains.

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a plan, or at least the outline of one. “We had a plan,” Stern reveals, “but we didn’t have the plan. It was pretty open, and if you asked any of us where it was going, you’d get a different answer.”

But from what has been revealed in the trailers, does Stern believe they followed the initial ideas?

“I don’t think so. It was mostly in the heads of people who aren’t there anymore. But it’s not the first time someone’s had to pick up where a previous administration left off,” he told EGM.

So does this mean Stern won’t be playing MW3? His answer to that question is more only slightly more certain: “Nah, I probably won’t.”

EGM’s TAKE: It’s interesting to speculate on what could have been, but Stern seems committed to helping the Respawn team in the future if called upon. We’d lay money on seeing his excellent work show up in a new game soon.

Paul Semel, Contributor
Paul has been writing about movies, music, video games, books, TV, toys, celebrities, and other fun stuff since the early-’90s. A regular contributor to EGM since 2004, he's also written for Entertainment Weekly, Bikini, Maxim, Raygun, Walmart GameCenter, Rides, and Emmy, among others. Please follow him on Twitter at @paulsemel. Or don't. Whatever.

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