Sledgehammer Confirmed as Next Call of Duty Developer
Sledgehammer Games, co-developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, is working on a new – you guessed it – Call of Duty game. This was confirmed by a job listing found (which is no longer available) on the studio’s website, explicitly looking for a Senior FX Artist to work on the next Call of Duty game. The ad, according to VideoGamer.com, asked for “solid professional experience and knowledge of the limitations and performance of current generation hardware.” Given we probably won’t see new consoles in 2013, and Black Ops 2 is to be unleashed this fall, it only makes sense that we’ll have one more CoD on current consoles next year.
No big surprises here. Call of Duty is an annualized franchise, and Activision wouldn’t stray far from it’s pool of subsidiary developers, which include Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward, Raven Software, and Treyarch. In their eyes, there’s little reason to, given that each new Call of Duty game has smashed all known video game-related sales records. The only thing we don’t know is the title. Modern Warfare 4? Black Ops 3? Is Activision bold enough to take the series in a different direction? Or even risk tacking on a new title to the sacred “Call of Duty” name as opposed to a sequel? I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.