The founder of Sledgehammer Games, Glen Schofield, has said that he does not see Modern Warfare 3 as being in competition with Battlefield 3, insisting that his competition "has been Modern Warfare 2".
Schofield, who is the boss of the studio that is co-developing Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward, denied any rivalry between the two games, distancing himself from the war of words between EA and Activision's CEOs earlier in the year when the former, EA CEO John Riccitiello, said that he hoped that Call of Duty would "rot from the core".
"There's definitely a mutual respect at the development level," Schofield said.
"The guys at DICE are great, they've made great games over the years and I think they have the same respect for us. We need to make a better game for the fans."
Schofield reluctantly admitted that he "may have" played the Battlefield 3 beta, and when asked for his thoughts on it, he said: "I like Modern Warfare 3".
He said the reason Modern Warfare 3 doesn't have a beta like Battlefield 3 is because it can sometimes backfire on the developer.
"Personally I don't like to show a painting in progress," he said.
"I don't like to show anything in progress, because you know as the artist what it's going to look like when it's done and you're looking at it now and don't feel right about it, because it's not finished."
From what we've seen of reader comments, people seem to be backing MW3 or BF3. Do you believe the two games aren't in competition? Or is Schofield just being diplomatic? Which game will you be picking up on release and why? Let us know!
Sledgehammer boss dismisses BF3 rivalry [Eurogamer]