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Submitted by NYC_Gamer 69d ago | news

Activision Gives Sledgehammer Its Own Call Of Duty Game, Studios In Three Year Rotation

GI:Sledgehammer, which worked with Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3, will be taking the reins of its own Call of Duty title. The studio was founded by Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield, who previously worked with Visceral on the Dead Space series. Sledgehammer is leading this year's Call of Duty game. (Call of Duty, Industry)

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BehindGames  +   69d ago
So no more COD until 2017?
Actually its kind of good news, the game will be better in three years of development.
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famoussasjohn  +   69d ago
No, now 3 developers are doing COD in rotations. So it'll go Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and then Sledgehammer. Though it's possible you can switch Treyarch and Sledgehammer on who will come first. So each one will have their own release of Call of Duty, but will be 3 years in between each release of the respective developers.
waltonboy52  +   69d ago
Sledgehammer will be 2014 then treyarch 2015. Activison confirmed it. Charlieintel.com but yes your correct 3 year cycle.
TomShoe  +   69d ago
I miss Treyarch. Ghosts is awful.
PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt  +   69d ago
fuck i need to play some Nazi Zombies now i have to wait till next years wow..

Black ops is the only COD I've been buying
incredibleMULK  +   69d ago
Treyarch makes the best IMO. Infinity ward did good with mw2 and ghosts. Sledgehammer multiplayer was pretty boring in mw3. Campaign was OK though.
webeblazing  +   68d ago
3 devs working on COD this is just sad. So none of these devas deserve to work on an ambitious IP that they want? They been nursing someone's else baby for the longest. This is the worst.
WeedyOne  +   68d ago
On the bright side maybe the games will get more polish considering the individual studios will have 3 years between their version of COD to fine tune things. Either that or maybe they will have time to make COD and maybe 1 new original IP each during the 3 year span?
daggertoes83  +   69d ago
Yes it would but that will never happen.
aiBreeze  +   69d ago
Is it good news though? At present, Treyarch are the only ones making good COD games. So after their next one, we gotta wait 3 years before COD is worth playing again? Possibly a blessing in disguise as by the time their next one comes along, less dedicated COD players will probably find it somewhat fresh again.
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BakPAin  +   69d ago
Blacks Ops 1 to me is their best followed by world at war for introducing zombies!
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Omegasyde  +   69d ago
More development time = (supposingly) better game as its not rushed. Madden or any annual EA game is an example of rushed product
Garethvk  +   69d ago
More likely a new engine and a new franchise so they can spend a year and change on the engine and then the rest on the game. Infinity Ward and Treyarch will keep cranking out the games until then.
Gasian  +   69d ago
Not the biggest fan of COD ,but this is good news. Hopefully some fresh blood does these games well and a longer development cycle hopefully means new ideas can actually make it into the game. :)
Globox2012  +   69d ago
3 year rotation? Thank God.

I'm not the biggest fan of CoD however, a extra year will do wonder to freshen up the games, I often feel 2 years isn't enough time. And I doubt Activison want a Battlefield 4 fiasco where its released in a broken manner.
famoussasjohn  +   69d ago
We're still getting CoD every year. Nothings really changing other than another developer in the mix. Although they've already helped with the MW3 release since Infinity Ward was a skeleton crew with a good portion of them leaving to Respawn for Titanfall.
--Onilink--  +   69d ago
actually it does change because it means that each dev now has has 1 whole extra year for development.

Theoretically it should mean better games... who knows what will actually happen
4ShotKing  +   69d ago
Great... Another Modern Warfare game... I was really hoping those WW2 rumors were true for the next CoD game, however the 3 year rotation is great news, 3 years is the sweet spot for development time, so I look forward to Treyarch's next game as they're the best developer out of the three IMO
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xYakuzaz  +   69d ago
Better i guess, an extra year of development for each game now.
Simco876  +   69d ago
This is good news, meaning CoD will have 3 years of dev time on each game.
daedra  +   69d ago
Oh hell no, no more cod, its dead, leave it to rot. enough. Breathe Activision, let go, its ok.
Bundi  +   69d ago
Good that CoD will have a 3 year development cycle, bad that yet another studio is working exclusively on CoD instead or a new/different IP.
porkChop  +   69d ago
Sledgehammer could have multiple teams though. Just because they have CoD doesn't mean they can't also create new games with a different team.
PockyKing  +   69d ago
Good, hopefully will seem some big(ger) improvements on the next few iterations of Call of Duty. Ghosts wasn't too shabby in my opinion.
Master-H  +   69d ago
Then i'll be skipping the sledgehammer and the Infinity Ward stuff, call me when it's Treyarch's turn. PS: i heard some rumors that blackOps3 is going to be set in WWII era.
PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   69d ago
If the next COD is WWII then I'll actually consider wasting 60 bucks on it.
Shinymasonite  +   69d ago
Weird. I thought Ghosts was the follow up to MW3. I thought the modern warfare title died with Makarov.
KillrateOmega  +   69d ago
An extra year of development for each CoD will do the series good.
Soldierone  +   69d ago
Dang it.... was hoping for Black Ops 3 this year.... Sledgehammer made MW3 and its the only one I absolutely cannot stand playing.
BakPAin  +   69d ago
I like the Modern Warfare series. And I thought MW3 is pretty good, better than Black Ops 2 and Ghosts IMO!
Soldierone  +   69d ago
I like MW1 and 2, but 3 had terrible map designs and so many funky flaws. I am having fun with Ghosts, but BO2 is probably the most fun one since MW2 came out, in my opinion.
lets_go_gunners  +   69d ago
No one has ever said they liked mw3.. I mean the lag comp in that game was ridiculous.
incredibleMULK  +   69d ago
Yeah mw3 wasn't very good. I liked the last level, but yeah game didn't do justice for the franchise. It just drove more people over to battlefield.
porkChop  +   69d ago
Wait a second. So all future CoD games will get a 3 year development cycle? This is a great thing, maybe the series will see some real innovation and proper engine upgrades now.

Anyway, I'm hoping that part about Sledgehammer continuing MW isn't true. I'd rather see them create their own CoD sub-series from scratch.
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PsylentKiller  +   69d ago
Activision should drop the annual release cycle and just go free to play or make one game and constantly update with DLC every year but keep the core mp game the same. Or release sp game yearly but keep mp the same. That way they will build the community for one game instead of it being segregated.
Dlacy13g  +   69d ago
OK... if Activision is hell bent on keeping COD annualized this may be the silver lining and truthfully a possible saving move for the series.

3 year dev time is definitely a good time buffer to make something special but it will be 100% dependent on these companies getting some freedom to the formula and stories they want to tell.
Section8  +   69d ago
I think the question is, how many more COD's do they have planned in the pipeline if each studio is releasing a new title each year? I love the franchise but is this even justified at this stage? A couple more maybe but what then?
AceBlazer13  +   69d ago
Wake me when it's treyarch's turn.Wanna see some zombies on my ps4.
yazter  +   69d ago
Treyarch please :(
quenomamen  +   69d ago
Whoop de doo, who's gettin'g moist for Call It Doodie games anymore ?
bornsinner  +   68d ago
looks like we will have 2 years of really bad cod followed by treyarch as ok cod... really miss the original IW team, oh well all hail RESPAWN TITANFALL

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