During an interview with Develop
, Infinity Ward's front-line man, Robert "fourzerotwo" Bowling, recalled the early planning stages of Modern Warfare 2
. Unsurprisingly, publisher and owner Activision was eager to pour money into the development of the COD4
sequel, following the basic business formula: more money = better product = more sales = more money
. Infinity Ward followed another school of thought: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
"Much like we don't let ourselves get distracted by hype, if you have excess you feel like you should use excess," Bowling said. Even though Activision "estimated out a ridiculous budget" early on, Infinity Ward "didn't let the budget affect [its] mentality." Since Infinity Ward apparently didn't take the money (or, at least, all of it), we do have a pretty good idea of what Activision spent it on: night-vision goggles for everyone