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Infinity Ward has a studio ‘wrapped around the idea’ of second-screen gaming

Infinity Ward is looking into further developing second-screen gaming and companion apps for future Call of Duty titles, executive producer Mark Rubin told Financial Post.

Speaking with the publication during a recent interview, Rubin said that companion apps will pick up in next-gen gaming, and that new titles will use these apps in "different and interesting ways." Incorporating second-screen gaming into Call of Duty titles, however, poses a challenge.

"Looking away from the screen when the action is intense is obviously a challenge from a game design standpoint," Rubin said. "So we have to be careful about that. We have some ideas that I think are going to develop further as we go along in this generation. As with anything with a next-gen launch, you'll start by dipping your toe in the water in a few places, and then move along from there."

Rubin added that the the company's Beachhead studio is "doing a lot of work" on second-screen gaming.

"We actually have a whole department — a whole studio, basically — wrapped around the idea of second-screen," Rubin said. "... But a lot of it ties into multiplayer and I can't talk too much about it now."