And from what we can tell, that's exactly what Sledgehammer did. Until Infinity Ward collapsed. A year later and Schofield was spotted on stage with Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling at E3, talking about Sledgehammer's input into Modern Warfare 3.
But what of the third-person Call Of Duty? "We came on board to make a third person action adventure game, in the Call of Duty franchise," Schofield explained in an interview with GameSpot, "and we were working on it about six months."
Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey chipped in, "There are a lot of fans out there who enjoy games like Uncharted, so you can imagine that genre meeting a world-class franchise.
"We had a prototype together that was pretty compelling, and it looked really good."
But when it became evident that Infinity Ward needed help to complete Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer was pulled into action.
"The opportunity to work on the biggest thing in the industry with... Infinity Ward, that's demonstrated that they know how to do exceptional software, was just an opportunity we couldn't (pass up)."
That or you got told to do it, eh Sledgehammer?