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CODumentary Chronicles Call of Duty’s History

Despite its detractors, Call of Duty is a massive success, and its marketing campaigns could probably fund another AAA game’s development. It reigns unchallenged every November, and few developers want to release their game on the same day.

If you have been around a while, you remember the splash that COD: Modern Warfare made when it released. For the benefit of our future generations, a new documentary, a CODumentary, is being made to discuss the history of the franchise and what made it popular.

Being distributed by Devolver Digital Films, the 93 minute movie will talk to “professional gamers, developers, fans, and game experts” (not really sure who qualifies as a “game expert” these days) to figure out the recipe for the secret sauce in COD.

Looking back on his work on the documentary, director Jonathan Beales described it as a project that was bigger than just a story about a successful game.

“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 center stage.”

You can see “CODumentary” on the Steam Store and Amazon VOD starting September 19th. It will roll out to other video platforms later.

Would you like to see more documentaries about big games, developers, and the industry as a whole? Are you excited to watch this?

Let us know your suggestions for future documentaries in the comments. For us, we would be interested in watching a documentary on the rise and fall of developer Silicon Knights and Denis Dyack, or the early history of id Software and development on Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. 


Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.

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Devolver Digital Press Release

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