Earlier today at the investor earnings call, Activision announced that Sledgehammer Games, partial developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, would be the developer of the 2014 iteration of Call of Duty, as well as revealing that this game — and future games — will be based on a three year development cycle.
In the same meeting, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg explained, “This will give our designers more time to envision and innovate for each title. Simultaneously, it will give our content creators more focus on DLC and micro-DLC which, as you know, have become large and high-margin opportunities and significant engagement drivers. Finally, we’ll give our teams more time to polish, helping ensure we deliver the best possible experience to our fans – each and every time.”
In a statement by Sledgehammer Games, they seemed extremely excited by the news of getting a chance to develop a next-gen CoD:
“Having the honor of developing the new, next generation of Call of Duty is a developer’s dream come true. All of us here at Sledgehammer Games have a shared vision to create the best work of our lives. The next Call of Duty represents a new era for this amazing franchise, and we look forward to sharing what we have been working on. Today is just the beginning, there is so much more to come!”
For gamers wondering what all this means for the release of the games, nothing much has changed. Call of Duty will still release a new game annually, although we can now confirm that Sledgehammer seems to be one of the three primary developers that Activision has in its stable. Hopefully with this change, we will see a more consistent and quality product with the switch in development, but only time will tell.