Next Call of Duty Will Be “Next-Gen First”

Activision revealed last week, in its earnings investor call, that Sledgehammer Games will be developing this year’s Call of Duty title, for the first time ever.

“For the first time, this years Call of Duty game, and future Call of Duty games, are being built on a three year development cycle,” the publisher also revealed. “There are several advantages to doing this, the first is, of course, quality. This will give our designers more time to envision and to innovate.”

Now it seems that the developer’s first entry in the series will be built for next-gen systems first. Activision Publishing’s CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed the news to IGN. 

“Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development,” says Hirshberg. “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.”

The issues of limited development time for both Treyarch and Infinity Ward was part of the reason why Sledgehammer was brought in. Activision wants each studio to have at least three years to fully develop their Call of Duty title, allowing them to take advantage of next-gen hardware the best way possible.

Hirshberg explains, “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. With next-gen hardware, Hirshberg coninues, “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.”

While we still don’t know when this Call of Duty entry will come out, but we can safely bet, due to the series’ release history, that it’ll be sometime in early November.

(Source: IGN)