Activision announced last week that the co-developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games, would be developing the Call of Duty game that is due to be released later this year. Activision Publishing CEO said today that Sledgehammer’s first solo entry in the series will be focused on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
“Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development,” Hirshberg said. “Obviously in the console-transition year, anyone who developed a cross-generational game last year had to deal with the fact that the technology of the next-gen platforms was still coming into focus and changing quite a bit during the development process…. Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development.”
Although Activision are saying that the game will be focused on the Next Gen versions, the game is due to be released on current gen consoles also. “There are still a lot of people playing on current gen and we want to deliver a great experience for them as well. But it will be a next-gen-first production and the current-gen game will be a version of that.”
Now that Sledgehammer have been officially added into the roster for the Call of Duty Series, it would seem that Activision are transitioning the series into a three year development plan that will help Sledgehammer, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward deliver better quality games.
“On the two-year cycle, with the level of content we were putting in the games, it became a real horse race each and every time to get everything done that we wanted to get done,” Hirshberg said. “With next-gen hardware we’ve got more capabilities than ever before to play with and we want to make sure our developers have the time to innovate, iterate, to bring the best creative vision and the most possible polish to each and every game.”
We can expect to hear more about this new Call of Duty game being developed by Sledgehammer later in the year.