Call of Duty XP 2011 Recap


Call of Duty XP was an absolutely incredible event.  The Sledgehammer crew was representing in full force once again rocking our MW3 shirts.  We’ve captured plenty of pictures to share here so we hope you enjoy!  You can also check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page.  In addition to photos, we’ve decided to share some of our experiences first hand with an official Sledgehammer Games Call of Duty XP recap video featuring Co-founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey.  Watch it here:

“When we first drove up to the venue, I was instantly blown away.” says Community Manager Guy Beahm. “Everything we’ve been talking about and envisioning was finally here, alive. The Scrapyard recreation was insane, Burgertown was thriving, the Jeep experience was a hit, and the fans were rocketing across the air on the zip line. Crazy”

Guy continues, “While all of that was taking place outside, inside was the real star… MW3.  Being hosted in two HUGE hangars, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer and Spec Ops were being showcased everywhere.  The One Million Dollar Tournament fueled the intensity of the multiplayer experience, attracting some of the best players and teams in the world.  Outside of the game there were various events including panels, Pros vs. Joes competitions, Juggernaut Sumo Wrestling and concerts from Kanye West and Dropkick Murphys." 

"The event was particularly special for the development team at Sledgehammer Games.  We have poured a ton of passion, energy, and sweat into the development of MW3, with one singular goal:  to help make this the biggest and best Call of Duty game to date. For us to be there, with the fans, was incredible. Whether you watched the live stream or experienced it first hand, I think everyone walked away pretty amazed!  If it weren’t for the fans, an event of this magnitude would never exist, so thank you!”

Written by Sledgehammer Games

Categories People, Culture, Modern Warfare 3

Gamespot Call of Duty XP Teaser


The Sledgehammer Games' Crew is prepping for this week's HUGE event, Call of Duty XP!

In the midst of all the preparation, Gamespot paid a visit to the studio last week as they sat down with Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey to discuss anything and everything Call of Duty XP and Sledgehammer Games.  Check out the two exclusive videos below:

Call of Duty XP Event Teaser:


Who is Sledgehammer Games?:

Written by Guy Beahm

Categories Modern Warfare 3

Win Golden Tickets to Call of Duty XP!


Would you like to attend Call of Duty XP?  Sledgehammer Games just got a hold of 15 Golden Tickets and we’re giving away all of them! 

Here’s how to win your ticket to the biggest Call of Duty event ever*:   

Tomorrow at exactly 11am PST, one tweet will go out via our Twitter account: @shgames

Follow us on Twitter and retweet that same tweet to enter the contest!  One hour later, Sledgehammer Games will hold a randomized drawing as we choose 5 lucky winners from the list of entries.   We will repeat this drawing at 12 noon PST on Thursday and Friday with a total of 15 tickets given out this week.

Come on, give it a shot! 

Follow us on Twitter and win your golden pass to Call of Duty XP 

Good luck! 


*Terms and Conditions:

  • You must be over 18 to enter the giveaway as Call of Duty: XP is rated 18 and you will not be allowed in otherwise.
  • The Tickets are not region restricted but Hotel and Airfare are not included with the Ticket
  • The Ticket code is redeemable online and is for one time use only
  • You must follow us on Twitter to win

Written by Guy Beahm

Categories Modern Warfare 3

Gamescom 2011 | Day 5


Gamescom | Final Day


Today was Sledgehammer Games’ last day at Gamescom… and we ended strong!  When we arrived at the convention, the Activision press area was already busy.  Glen and Michael were quickly pulled away to do interviews and so I made my way to the demo room to help demo our new Spec Ops Mission, Invisible Threat.  Read more about the Spec Ops: ‘Invisible Threat’ experience in this great article:


Glen with Gamerspawn

It was an extremely full day in the press room…which was fantastic!  Just like the two previous days, people absolutely loved the new Spec Ops experiences.  Folks wanted to continue playing but unfortunately we had to keep the flow going because of how busy it got.  Sorry guys... we'll make it up to you!

Interested to hear what others have to say about Spec Ops?  Here are a few more great articles:

Joystiq -

Kotaku -

At the end of the day, the crowds slowed down a bit.  This gave Glen and Michael a moment to hop on ‘Invisible Threat’ themselves.  If it weren’t for Michael being good at sniping, Glen’s juggernaut suit probably wouldn’t have mattered one bit. 

Sledgehammer Games Co-founders on Spec Ops Mission: Invisible Threat

Although the Activision booth and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will remain at Gamescom until the event’s last day (Sunday), Sledgehammer Games is heading home tomorrow.  We had a wonderful experience here in Cologne, Germany.  Lots of memories and good times!  Most importantly, people are loving the game.  We truly can’t wait until the big Multiplayer reveal at Call of Duty XP in a few weeks and ultimately, the launch of MW3 November 8th, 2011.

We hope you enjoyed our daily recaps of Gamescom 2011!  If you haven’t done so yet, check out Michael’s answer to our Question of the Week | Gamescom Edition.



Guy Beahm      

Written by Guy Beahm

Categories Culture, Modern Warfare 3

Gamescom 2011 | Day 4



Today's recap is short but sweet!

The Activision booth was rocking with the second official day of Gamecom 2011.  We say 'second' because it is actually the first official day for consumers and fans. Today's attendance was amazing.  There were so many people... it was unbelievable.

While the Activision booth was surrounded by Call of Duty fans eager to get their hands on the game, the upstairs press room was jammed pack all day as well.  Spec Ops is proving that it's a force to be reckoned with. 

To conclude, it was another busy but exciting day of showcasing our game for the press and fans in attendance.  On our ride home, Glen shot this picture and I personally I think it's the perfect capture to end Day 4's Gamescom Recap.

Thanks guys!

Look out for tomorrow's recap!  Last picture tease for our August Hammer of the Month contest.




Written by Guy Beahm

Categories Culture, Modern Warfare 3


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