Dealspwn's Jonathan Lester writes: "Be in no doubt: this is a fantastic decision. Accusations of stagnation are levelled against Call Of Duty on a daily basis, due mainly to the bi-yearly release cycle, meaning that throwing a new studio in the mix should be a perfect opportunity to force franchise detractors to eat their words.
However, Sledgehammer will need to seize this opportunity with both hands if they want to really make a difference and push Call Of Duty forward. In effect, they need to reinvent Call Of Duty by bringing something fresh and new to the table. Ghosts should have done just that, as the first game on next-gen platforms, but it trod water and caught a fair bit of flack in the process.
As I see it, there are two ways that they can fulfil their new mandate."