Infinity Ward: Call of Duty: Ghosts Mod Tools ‘Still Valuable’

Call of Duty: Ghosts is taking the first-person shooter franchise into the next generation and its new engine will expand what the series is capable of delivering, but we still don’t know of modding will be a part of CoD’s next-gen package.

Speaking at Activision’s pre-E3 event in Los Angeles, Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Rubin told Game Front that mod tools are something he and the team behind Call of Duty: Ghosts would like to return to the franchise.

“Much to my chagrin, and I’ve had this conversation — like our lead single-player designer, he’s a hard-core PC guy, that’s all he plays,” Rubin said. “… And we keep talking — ‘we have to put mod tools back in, have to put mod tools back in.’

The big hold up, however, is the time involved with making the mod tools for players to use. Rubin said the time required was significant on the last CoD title to include mod tools, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

“Honestly, for CoD 4, it took our guys, it was basically a designer and a coder, mixed up but four to five, maybe six months of work, just by themselves, just doing that,” Rubin said. “And if you remember with CoD 4, they didn’t come out when we launched, they came out afterwards. It’s just so much investment of time.”

But Infinity Ward seems to have some desire to put mod tools back into the CoD titles. Call of Duty 4 has garnered several cool mods over the years, and two years ago, former Infinity Ward Creative Director Robert Bowling mentioned at E3 2011 that the company was looking into including mod tools and dedicated servers in Modern Warfare 3. Those tools never materialized, though, and it’s probably wishful thinking to hope that Infinity Ward will bring them back in Ghosts.

Still, Rubin said he thinks mod tools still are a useful feature for Infinity Ward to include in its games.

“I think it’s still valuable,” Rubin said. “I think it’s really valuable because, first off you’re encouraging the community to partake in the game more, but also because, for a selfish reason, it’s a great way to find great talent. So it’s a win-win for everybody, but it’s just that time is a challenge.”

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11 Comments on Infinity Ward: Call of Duty: Ghosts Mod Tools ‘Still Valuable’


On May 30, 2013 at 3:48 am

Activision won’t have it. Even though the devs would like to put them back in. If mod tools were introduced, Activision would lose all the revenue from DLC’s. Why would people pay for DLC’s when they could download or make their own?

Phil Hornshaw

On May 30, 2013 at 8:01 am


That may or may not be what Activision thinks, but it seems like developers actually recognize the value of mod tools for games, even with the rise of DLC. The argument usually goes that mod tools preclude players from buying DLC, but Skyrim is a really good indicator that that’s not the case. I think there’s a middle ground that the developers at Infinity Ward could reach where both could be possible — specifically, what if IW just waited until the end of Ghosts’ first year to release mod tools, after the end of DLC support? With no more DLC in the pipe to sell, mod tools could give Ghosts serious legs even as new CoD games are coming out.

Activision has evidence of whether this worked or not with Modern Warfare, and things have changed significantly since then. Mod tools for CoD games might be a long shot, but I wouldn’t necessarily count them out. The PC space has become a lot more relevant in the last couple years than it might have been at the beginning of the hardware cycle.


On July 14, 2013 at 5:05 am

I think i can speak for the whole cod pc community when i say if mod tools are released at some point then “ghosts” would def become a legend of a game!!
you only have to look at the amount of ppl still playing and moding the cod: modern warfare game to see that there is a huge need for mod tools for any of the newer cod titles, “ghosts being prefered as its the newest one :)
the time frame would not be a problem and im sure if you announced mod tool are being made for ghosts your pc sales of the game would go through the roof! i for one will NOT be buying it unless mod tools are announced!! i also personally know lots of other cod pc gamers who feel the same.


On July 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

All I can say is, Black Ops 2 for competitive gaming has been rather a flop, the public gameplay wasn’t too bad until every game involved a shotgun or RPG, but if dedicated servers and Mod Tools were released onto Ghosts, I know myself and many other people I know would actually consider getting it because it may bring back the competitiveness in Call of Duty. No servers and no mods on Black Ops 2 was terrible, don’t ruin the franchise completely by disallowing these things and making PC competitive gaming die even more.


On July 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

I didn’t read any other comments, just want to give my 2 cents on this:
I, personally, after MW2 (that was disastrous for me), will NEVER buy a CoD title again that does not offer free (personal) dedicated servers and mod tools. I still play cod4 and am having fun because of nice dedicated servers and nice mods. That’s all thats keeping cod4 alive for me and it’s more than enough. One might even say that cod4 mods are one of the main reasons why people still buy that old game.
Really hoping for mod tools and dedis, might buy another cod after all and I know many people that think the same way!


On October 4, 2013 at 4:38 am

If Mod Tools come back, a new CoD era is going to rise. Something we stopped seeing after CoD4, something that gave supremacy on FPS eSports with Promod, and something that gave public players A LOOOOT of fun with all the awesome mods that have been created and will be created. YES PLEASE


On October 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Finally took them 3 titles to realize wow we can make more money and more sales by providing people with the maps and mod tools thus allowing people to create mods and us to be famous again… I like what I hear but I can’t say much till it’s real!


On November 8, 2013 at 8:05 am

so modd tools are made by the makers of the game? i don’t understand. if they encourage modding then why so many bans from people modding?


On November 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

Well, they could start by not banning a simple FOV changer.


On January 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

What about the increasingly large number of gamers blatantly hacking, and claiming there is nothing being done to stop them so why not? It is really getting out of hand. I have been with COD since it came out, and the level of hacking in GHOST is making it unplayable for everyone. Please do something… modding is nice , but really….


On April 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

personally i do hope to see mod tools for ghost, but i hope they do a better job then they did on bo1, they never really finished mod tools for that one, ing things are still in BETA, but what ev Infinity Ward Treyarch Activision how ever the build them, make em good not half ass i will laugh my ass if you guys go to charge us for em, LOL