Jesse Stern, the writer of Modern Warfare 1 and 2 won’t be writing the third game’s story as he’s turned down the job offer from Activision. Apparently Stern was friends with Jason West and Vince Zampella, and going by his tone, the writer wasn’t pleased with what happened to the two men.
“My primary relationship, creatively, was with Jason West and Vince Zampella,” Stern told the latest issue of EGM in an interview, “and so my loyalty is to those guys, and their team,” he added.
“I’ve never even met anyone from Activision, except for some public people. So when I was approached through my agency, CAA, about working on Modern Warfare 3, I wasn’t interested,” he said.
Stern also confirmed that whoever’s writing the story now did not follow the path they were hoping to take, but said it was not the first time someone’s had to pick up from where another left off.
“I don’t think so,” he replied. “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 administrator left off. On NCIS, I had to pick up dangling threads all of the time without knowing where the previous writers were thinking of taking them.”
When asked if he would play Modern Warfare 3 when it comes out, Stern simply said: “Nah, I probably won’t.”
As for work with Respawn Entertainment, Stern’s already offered to help in any capacity he can, however he acknowledged the difficult time the studio must be experiencing right now, adding, what they lost upon leaving Infinity Ward was “substantial and significant”.
“I am in contact with those guys whenever I can be,” he said. “But they’re still building their company. It’s tricky because they have to start from scratch. It would be like if you were a filmmaker, and you left to go somewhere else, but that meant you had to build your own camera.
What they had to walk away from, and what was taken from them, was substantial and significant,” Stern contended, “and they have to rebuild from the ground up. But I’ve told those guys, whatever they need from me, whenever they need me, I’m there.”
The latest issue of EGM is available on store shelves now.