Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty is “Next-Gen First”

Speaking with IGN, Activision Publishing’s CEO, Eric Hirshberg, confirmed Sledgehammer’s upcoming Call of Duty game is being developed primarily for next-gen platforms. The news came after last week’s earnings call, during which Activision revealed that Sledgehammer was developing 2014’s Call of Duty game.

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

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megazero121809d ago

and they will still manage to reuse the same textures and assets.

Palitera1808d ago

Ain't it beautiful that the community completely lost hope on them?

Still, ain't it curious that it keeps selling more than almost any game?


xHeavYx1808d ago

The sad thing is that, no matter how many things are wrong with COD, they keep making a ton of profit

NarooN1808d ago

Yep, even after so many gamers are well-aware of how bad this series has become, the game sells a bazillion copies every year anyway. It's just madness.

Nocando1808d ago

I am still feeling the burn from buying Ghost. I am ashamed that I have contributed to furthering this god awful franchise.

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Akuma071808d ago

And I have contributed to that.....

Not proud of it, not ashamed of it, it is what it is.

alexkoepp1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

How about instead of "next-gen first" you go "current generation only, not available on last generation platforms" and use the selling power of COD to stir up a nice wave of PS4 and X1 consoles and help last generation die and current generation flourish?

Who the F is Sledgehammer?

Edit -after reading the article, their solution to COD being stale is to bring in another studio so the other teams have more time to make their titles so you can still push a game every year? Wow, just wow... terrible solution

Just make or lease a new engine already...

Pixel_Enemy1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

Here's an idea.. Vote with your wallet. Don't like it? Don't buy it!

I haven't bought a COD since MW2 and I haven't looked back. I don't feel like I am missing out on much either.

LOL_WUT1808d ago

So only ps4 and X1 confirmed? I'm ok with that... ;)

jetlian1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

Ghost real issue was perks and killstreaks changes. I still got value from the game. Extinction is better than zombies.

Guess ghost gonna be done by IW,Modern warfare by SH, and black ops by TA

Dee_911808d ago

a lot of people care about textures , reusing old assets, lame story etc.. A lot of people don't. Its like Justin beiber.Very popular, so a lot of people hate it but at the same time a lot of people love it... for what ever reasons..

thereapersson1808d ago

Palitera, comments like yours are the reason why the "interesting" bubble was created.

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frostypants1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 Part 7

famoussasjohn1808d ago

I wish the games were like Modern Warfare 1, those were the good days of COD.

SaturdayNightBeaver1808d ago

Wait, ghosts was left for sequel right? I don't think we are going anywhere new in the future.. gonna be same shit ghosts 2 , hopefully they dont release on PC and waste my time

escott0131808d ago

Watch, the bad guys will be the Russians again -_-

Retard1808d ago

Iconic series... Die madden! Eek COD!

Crazyglues1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

What happen to Trearch I was really hoping to get my hands on Call of Duty Black Ops 27.... Dam.. -_-

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Cloudyday711808d ago

By developing for next-gen first it should mean they can optimize the game so that there is visual parity between Xbone and PS4.

Ricegum1808d ago

Or they can continue to allow the PS4 to have the superior versions because it has superior hardware? That sounds more fair.

Gamer19821808d ago

What there basically saying is the same old drivel they been saying for years.. Its all PR BS..

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NYC_Gamer1809d ago

It's time for Activision to build an engine for COD and stop being cheap

porkChop1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

Why do you think they're switching to 3 year dev cycles? More time to improve/create engines, and more time to actually innovate. It'll likely be 1 year focused on engine development, and then 2 full years on game development. Sledgehammer's CoD will have been in development for 3 years by the time it comes out, so I'm expecting it to be a decent game.

Btw I agreed with you, they definitely need a new, proper next gen engine to work off of.

Akuma071808d ago

You don't know how it works.

The extra year is more likely to be used for more polish and more time to tweak the Quake 3 engine.

It would take 2-3 years for a dedicated team to complete building a brand new engine from the ground up, it is not a simple thing like you seem to think.

porkChop1808d ago

@Akuma07, when I said "improve/create engines" I meant iterate new engine versions, not entirely new engines built from the ground up. That takes a ton of time that they don't have.

Palitera1808d ago (Edited 1808d ago )

I don't know. Every year their games are getting worse and worse, so if you let THESE teams do a brand new game, it might very be the worst CoD games ever.

After IW cracked, nothing really good was done.

Patrick_pk441808d ago

Are you not forgetting they used the new IW Engine and Havok? The developers are just pure shit at developing anything of quality.

4ShotKing1809d ago

Hopefully this means a new engine for the franchse

matgrowcott1809d ago

More likely that's why Treyarch have been given an extra year for their next game.

Sevir1808d ago

Yeah, MW3-BO2-Ghost....

IW with Raven and Sledgehammer, then Treyarch, then IW with Neversoft and Raven. I was expecting Treyarch but Sledgehammer has been toiling away since MW3 and they are the ones leading the charge.

Next year should be Treyarch, and 2016 should be IW.

USA0071808d ago

That's awful! Was really looking forward to the next Treyarch game this year! They seem to be the only ones able to do competitive gaming right. Ghosts is just ridiculous, how the maps are laid out and gun balance

ichdich1809d ago

Titanfall will be the new addictive fun shooter. CoD sucks! After Ghost I'll never touch that shit again.

WeAreLegion1808d ago

Totally agree. Sadly though, I think COD will be adding titans, jet packs, and wall running to keep up.

ElementX1808d ago

I like Ghost MP. The last CoD game I played was MW3. I don't buy every CoD so the online doesn't get old.

Black-Helghast1808d ago

Ghost is kinda alright. Most people hate on it cause it's cod and its the cool thing to do but I honestly like it a bit. Specially on PS4, dat 1080p is beautiful.

AceBlazer131808d ago

Ghost is shitloads better than MW3, that game was rancid.

Cryptcuzz1808d ago

I have been enjoying CoD Ghosts MP on the PS4 as well. Never had gotten into it with the past games on the PS3, so I too am not fatigued by its gameplay like others have seem to be.

In their next game, I hope they improve how the spawning works. I hate how sometimes you would spawn from a death only to have someone blast you from the back shortly after.

I also hope they have better maps as well. Some of them are okay, but I feel like making maps that are catered to all game play modes is not the way to go. For example, they should have Team Deathmatch specific maps and Domination specific maps, etc.

_FantasmA_1808d ago

Titanfail is COD with robots. They couldn't call it Call of Duty: Mech Warfare because then people wouldn't be suckered into buying it with the COD in the title.

WilDRangeRrfc1808d ago

Pal I have PS4 as you obviously do(or PS3) don't be such a fanboy if it was on PS you would be shouting from rooftops,the fact your talking about it at all tells me your pissed its on MS platforms only!!!
We have great games also so stop contributing to this stupid fanboy fake war it's retarded

qu1ckset1809d ago

It's not like they don't have the money , cod has made them millions!