"A graveyard of rotting ocean liners has not only given birth to a shantytown of locals, but a mid-sized Multiplayer Map populated in chokepoints; providing the perfect setting for shoreline-based combat." - Offical Description on the Call of Duty: Elite Content Calendar

Decommission is available for purchase as part of Collection Pack 4 for Modern Warfare 3.

Decommission started life as my final intern test. I was allowed to pick the setting, basing it off the Modern Warfare 3 singleplayer mission "Return To Sender". I thought the cut up ship shapes would be an interesting MP level, and we didn’t have any DLC levels yet that used the PMC and Militia factions. It proved impressive enough that it was greenlit for production.

The design was simple enough at first, I started with a grid of ship shapes and through playtesting opened/closed connections to start forming lanes. The map ended up with four lanes, but the layout and setting of each was distinct enough that navigation wasn't a problem. We had a call with Infinity Ward designers weekly where we continued to hammer out the layout.

I worked closely with the senior designers on COD standards, using what I knew from the mod community work I had done about relationships between gameplay and level design, and made my best guess on what would be fun.

Performance on the map proved difficult but not unsolvable and it taught me several lessons for performance forward designing.

Screenshots courtesy of the art director for the level, Dave Curd.