Welcome to IGN Unfiltered, our monthly interview series where we sit down with the best, brightest, and most fascinating minds in the video game industry. (Catch up on the other 50-plus episodes here.) My guest this month is Brian Raffel, cofounder of Raven Software, makers of this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War campaign plus a legion of other beloved games such as Star Wars Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Heretic, Hexen, and more. Brian discusses starting Raven with his brother in Wisconsin, partnering with Doom creators id Software early on, and subsequently working with giant pop culture brands like Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, and Call of Duty. Raven is the lead developer on the single-player campaign in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which will be released on November 13.

Check out the full episode in the video above, but if you’d prefer to listen to the hour-long interview, here’s an audio-only podcast download link. One way or the other I hope you’ll check out the interview!

Here’s a preview clip, in which Raffel discusses the studio being back in the driver’s seat on Black Ops Cold War after serving as a Call of Duty support studio for the previous decade:

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And if you missed it, here’s the previous episode of Unfiltered, in which The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley discusses his life covering the video game industry:

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Catch up on every episode of IGN Unfiltered here, including conversations with Bethesda game director Todd Howard, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, former PlayStation boss Jack Tretton, Journey creator Jenova Chen, Halo boss Bonnie Ross, and many more!

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Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.
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