Todd Alderman, the lead designer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, has rejoined developer Infinity Ward to act as multiplayer project director.
Speaking with Polygon, Alderman commented: “The chance to come back to Infinity Ward and Call of Duty is something I didn’t think would ever happen.”
Alderman departed Infinity Ward five years ago, and initially set up camp at Respawn Entertainment, the studio founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella. He later joined Riot Games.
Infinity Ward is working on 2017’s entry in the Call of Duty franchise, which Alderman teased cryptically:
“It’s a really cool game concept that I want to be a part of,” he said. “I can’t wait to see what we do with a three-year dev cycle. I’m excited to be back.”
“This is about hiring the best talent for the right position,” commented Infinity Ward boss, David Stohl.
“Todd’s accomplishments speak for themselves. We’re happy to have him lead multiplayer development here at Infinity Ward as well as provide a level of leadership across the entire studio team. Following last year’s combination with Neversoft, we’ve continued to add some great talent throughout the studio. As we focus on the future, there’s a real sense of energy that has us all excited about what’s to come.”
Modern Warfare 2 was released in 2009 for PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360, and was recently the subject of a fan-made petition to get the military shooter remade for current-generation consoles.