Devolver Digital films and Fizz Pictures are making an unofficial Call of Duty documentary called CODumentary. The production looks at the last 15 years of the franchise which has dominated sales charts year after year. The 93-minute long documentary will be available through Amazon Instant Video and Steam starting on the 19th September. It’ll then make its way to other outlets including Google Play, Indie Reign, Indie Rights Vimeo Channel, iTunes, MGo, PlayStation, TubiTV and Xbox. Blu-Ray and DVD releases are planned in the future although dates have yet to be announced.
The documentary was created in the UK by indie publisher Devolver Digital and is being produced by industry veteran Jonathan Beales. It was filmed across North America, Europe and the UK including the D-Day Beaches in Normandy, France. The CODumentary looks at how the series started back in 2003 when Infinity Ward was formed from ex-Medal of Honor developers and the uphill struggle they faced to bring the WWII shooter to market including going up against their own game. It also features interviews with developers, fans, professional players and a number of game experts.
Check out the CODumentary trailer below:
Producer Jonathan Beales said
One of the biggest challenges making the film was encapsulating a 15 year timeline into 93 minutes. I was very fortunate to work with a lot of great people whose input and contribution really helped make this happen. It’s a rich story of evolution told through the eyes of games developers, fans, industry experts and professional players.
It’s a big documentary and we wanted to put the fans first so took the opportunity to host two full screenings at DreamHack Atlanta that were a big success.
It’s been a great 5-year journey and even though the documentary is centered on video games, the story is always about the human input and endeavour involved. The rich experiences of developing games, playing them or waiting in line to buy them will always remain centre stage.