Call of Duty’s Original Codename: “Medal of Honor Killer”
While the war between Activision and EA is currently being waged with the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises, the rivalry dates as far back as EA’s Medal of Honor series. An MCV interview with ex-Infinity Ward employees has revealed that the original Call of Duty was initially developed under the codename “Medal of Honor Killer.”
Zied Rieke, the Call of Duty lead designer who had previously worked on Medal of Honor, explained how CoD initially had greater similarities to MoH. He said:
“During the first year of Call of Duty development, the game was much more like [Medal of Honor:] Allied Assault. There was a James Bond-like character, doing a secret mission to stop the Nazis developing a nuclear bomb. There was a German scientist, and a German scientist’s daughter. Medal of Honor was a ‘James Bond in World War II’ kind of game, and that is what we were pretty much making.”
Justin Thomas, an artist at Infinity Ward at the time, revealed CoD’s codename:
“The project was actually named ‘MOH killer’ until an official name could be found.”
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