Activision’s CEO Spoke with IGN recently about their announcement that Sledgehammer Games is working on Call of Duty 2014. He stated that the game will be primarily developed for next gen consoles.

“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.”

He also said that Sledgehammer’s title will be different than what Infinity Ward and Treyarch have made.

“We give each of our studios a lot of independence,” he says. Seeing the work Sledgehammer did helping Infinity Ward with Modern Warfare 3, Activision’s message to the new studio is “You know what makes this thing great; now go do it your way.” Unfortunately, Activision isn’t quite ready to talk specifically about what Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty will be like, only saying, “the proof will be in the pudding,” adding, “When you see it, hopefully, you’ll see what I’m talking about.”

Activision also confirmed that their game will be coming to PS3 and 360 so fans on current gen can get the game.

Hirshberg also assures fans worried about the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions that 2014’s Call of Duty “will also be a great current-gen game.” The publisher recognizes 2014 as a continuation of last year’s console transition. “There are still a lot of people playing on current gen,” says Hirshberg “and we want to deliver a great experience for them as well. But it will be a next-gen-first production and the current-gen game will be a version of that.”

SOURCE: IGN

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  • 陳郁文

    Dead space meet Call of duty?

  • Penta

    Now we know the basic details. Next is going to be the gameplay compared to infinity ward and treyarch

  • jordan

    hopefully its not a 3rd person CoD

    • Ryumoau

      yeah, i’m not looking forward to that especially after how it was used in one of the MW2 game modes.

      • Shardlotte

        Lol, don’t use THAT as the basis for 3rd person in CoD. Those 3rd person variants in MW2 were made by IW, and were more of a “Hey, let’s give the players a view of themselves as if they were spectating!”. That’s all it was, and I doubt that if this game was indeed in 3rd person, it would be as bad.

        • fires

          3rd person is real fun, maybe a bit of a niche, but its fun and relaxing change instead of 1st person

    • I dont think that they would change cod like that

      • NuttyTheSquirrel

        Sledgehammer was working on a 3rd person CoD before MW3. Just saying.

        • Wow,i hope they wont do that.

          • NuttyTheSquirrel

            I don’t know, but I don’t think that Activision would throw money away, just like that. Sledgehammer is probably still working on a 3rd person CoD title. Well, it might be good. I mean. Most of the 4rd person games are pretty good, if not amazing. And I think that it 3rd person shooters don’t need as much balancing as a 1st person shooter. The Last of Us, GTA, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted, Gears of War (never played it, but I’ve heard great things about it) and so on, they’re just amazing games in terms of just shooting and such. I can see potential on a 3rd person CoD, it would be refreshing, but I understand why people are “scared”, it’s a drastic change on the series. I’m just gonna grab some popcorn and watch people flip out when this game is announced. xD (if this year’s CoD turns out to be a 3PS)

          • Well you never know untill you try it right so we will just have to wait 😀

          • jooker-jr

            Maybe there will be a game mode that allow u to play in 3rd person. Like mw2

            And believe me. The last of us and uncharted are awesome games

        • Mitch

          Yup. 3rd Person Action-Adventure.

          • I would enjoy open world action adventure, but 3rd person nahh

          • NuttyTheSquirrel

            Ye, but it wouldn’t be a CoD game.

          • NuttyTheSquirrel

            3rd Person CoD, yes.

      • James K

        I doubt it too. Unless the game is marketed as a spin-off, it would alienate the fanbase.

    • HenryDF

      I’m positive it won’t be, particularly given the fact that although CoD gets criticised for being the same game every year, Activision wouldn’t risk the impact on sales.

    • [email protected]

      If it was 3rd person it will kill the series! I pray to god it’s not! – but I heard a 3rd person shooter got binned a while back!

    • Mitch

      I’m personally thinking the 3rd mode (IW: Extinction, Treyarch: Zombies) will be 3rd person, just for the heck of it. If they could pull off some sort of 3rd person, action adventure mini-game, that’d be great.

      • Xecho

        That sounds absolutely terrible. But that’s my opinion.

        • 111AlaN111

          You were the one who is in love with alien fish. We all remember you and will cyberbully you

          • BSOG

            Aquatic Cryptid. You are yet another person that reflects the majority of this community.

          • 111AlaN111

            No one will say cryptid. I saw the story and that they aren’t aliens because they were from Earth and that, but I won’t say cryptid

          • Simon

            You do realise aliens don’t have to be from space, right?

          • 111AlaN111

            I researched and I found out an alien is a living organism wich isn’t from Earth, so aliens should be from space. Still, I prefer saying aliens than cryptids

          • Grigori

            I won’t “cyberbully” him. But alien fish and him are always in our minds! <3

          • Xecho

            Uhmahgawd nerrrrrrrroooooooooooooo Ima tell the cyberpolice on youuuu

          • 111AlaN111

            I’m yo’ cyberpolice betch

      • 111AlaN111

        DINOSAUR MODE!!!

        • NuttyTheSquirrel

          That’s Battlefield’s thing.

          • Wonkanator2

            How? Dice still refuses to do dinosaur mode, its open for grabs!

          • NuttyTheSquirrel

            DICE never refused. They we’re already done with BF3 when this Dinosaur thing came along. And they did say that BF4 wouldn’t have any Co-Op. Maybe they’ll even do it on Battlefront 3, I don’t know. I know that they want the realistic but fun gameplay on Battlefield, but a Dinosaur mode would be an icebreaker! It would be perfect. Maybe one day I wouldn’t want to play the Multiplayer, so I’d hop into Dino mode. Maybe DICE LA could work on that. But they’re probably the one’s working on Battlefront 3/Mirror’s Edge 2. We’ll see. 😉

          • Wonkanator2

            lol star wars battledinos, i think bf4 dino would be cooler tho, since there are some creatures.like dinos in star wars

          • 111AlaN111

            It’s not confirmed yet, and dinosaur mode between games can have different modes, like one be survival and the other like extinction

    • Kenny Alexandre

      I think because ..Dead space 3 Is 3rd person and they have been working on a lot with 3rd person… it will be cool to switch First person and 3rd person DURING MULTIPLAYER AND CAMPAIGN

      • Keshav Bhat

        They worked on MW3, a 1st person title, so they know how to make an FPS

        • Kenny Alexandre

          I agree brother

    • Michael

      says on there site that there working on a FPS game, third person game got scrapped because of the lack of the community’s want for a non fps. Maybe the third person could be used for the third mode?

      • TheSausageFanatic

        the third person game got scrapped because activision needed them to help finish mw3 after a lot of the infinity ward staff left

  • Ryumoau

    This is kinda sad but i understand the need to keep putting it on ps3/360 as well. I was really hoping though that all of Sledgehammer’s resources were completely on making this new CoD next gen exclusive and bringing in a new era for the franchise. This news makes it seem like i’ll still have to wait for treyarch to be the one to do that.

    I didn’t like MW3 at all but i blame IW for that game. So hopefully Sledgehammer on their own will surprise me and make a great next CoD, even with some resources spent on porting it to other consoles.

    • Youcata

      And do you want to buy me a new gen console? Cause not all of us can afford that just yet.

      • Batman

        If you can´t afford it don´t get the game, we don´t give a shit, the old gen (X360/PS3) are too limited for any new game

        • Youcata

          We do give a shit, because not all of us are selfish like you. If you have the next gen good for you but we who don´t have it deserve to play the game aswell.

          • Avery Horton

            It’s not deserve a chance, you would like to play, but it is the developers/publishers choice. If they wanted to alienate the old consoles and get better customer satisfaction for the new consoles, they can completely do that. They will loose at on sales, but think about the people that just spent $400-$500 on a brand new console because it is advertised as a huge upgrade and leaps and bounds above the old one, and they see the same games on the old consoles, they aren’t going to be happy with their purchase, and that’s definitely not a good way to start a new gen.

          • fires

            Its the economy man, the new gens are not gonna be happy, but the devs are gonna be shittin themselves at the money that is lost. They would be purposely abandoning the fanbase, but, in a couple of years,(xbox guaranteed support until 2016, so its safe to assume the same) they will abandon those who still wont purchase the new consoles. IMO i usually buy my consoles around that time too…

          • Avery Horton

            If there was a big difference in the games, like BF4 for example, you can only get 24 players and 30 fps, but on the new consoles, you get the full 64 players and 60 fps plus the other game modes. But with COd ghost, it’s the same game, nothing different, except some prettier graphics, so there needs to be some difference (the selling point) for people to even want to drop a huge investment into their new consoles and games

        • The Flash

          you* dont give a shit

        • The Pope

          Selfish mothafucka.

      • Mitch

        He isn’t trying to say what you think he’s saying. Fact is just that Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 (and possibly Wii U) are holding back the quality of the games on next-gen.
        I get why people like you on PS3/X360 want the game, and I’m fine with that, but if it wouldn’t be on those platforms PC/PS4/XB1 would get a better game of higher quality.

        • Youcata

          I understand that, the problem is that the next gen just got released and the majority of the players are still on 360/PS3, if they don´t make the game for those consoles they will loose a lot of money and i don´t think they want that to happen.

          • UKINFINITE

            do a respawn entertainment and get another dev to make the ps3 and 360 version

        • Ryumoau

          yeah, thats what i meant. Or Activision could have payed another developer to port the game for 360/ps3, while the main studio concentrated fully on ps4/xbox 1.

    • BooBee

      I think it’s time to move on to next-gen exclusively but I understand it’s still new tech so I’m sympathetic to the need to port. However, come 2015 I truly expect next-gen only.

      • Ryumoau

        yes, there will be no excuse for not making it exclusive to next gen in 2015. By then, everyone should have time to jump to the next console since i’m sure both will have price drops by then.

  • IX_LX

    SH should do what respawn is doing with titanfall.

    Have Sledgehammer develop next gen version only.
    Then have some other developer do the current gen version.

    • Avery Horton

      the game should also be somewhat futuristic, like titanfall to compete with that game and destiny, because we have had too much of the modern day shooter and world war 2 is treyarch’s thing. So the only direction now is to make something a little more futuristic. I think titanfall has the right idea with the future stuff, but not going crazy far like halo

      • Avery Horton is dumb for that

        OMG you’re smart. WWII is treyarch’s thing. You do not know your cod history my dumb friend. No disrespect but COME ON! lmao

        • jordanxbrookes

          I’m giving you a thumbs up just for the username lol

        • Avery Horton

          I didn’t mean that IW hasn’t done WW2, just in the last few years, treyarch has been a lot better at the older style with WaW, BO1 and parts of BO2. I don’t if you know your history, but IW’s last 4 CODs have all been modern warfare style games. That has sold for them and treaty arch has sold very well with the older/grittier style games.

          Yes I do know my history, but I wouldn’t really consider the first three CODs to be part of the main CODs, because they really weren’t very good until COD 4, and nobody really played them.

          • fires

            if it’s a cod, its a cod, cod 3 was hella fun too.

          • xSupaScopa

            CoD 3 was amazing

        • Avery Horton

          And maybe actually reply to comment with a more creative username next time.

        • Avery Horton

          One more thing, why not actually reply to something real vent to the discussion, like the next and what sledgehammer should do, not be an asshole, like everyone else on the internet

      • xSupaScopa

        IW made WW2 cods too. I would prefer that actually because it will make it more fun. I am sick of the modern bullshit and futuristic bullshit. Also, if it is too futuristic, then ppl will complain that it is like Halo (which is still a good game dont get me wrong).

  • NuttyTheSquirrel

    I hope that the PC version will be a good port. Not like Ghosts!

    • UKINFINITE

      i really hope it is a good port as well i might buy this one i know i will treyarcs cod

    • RdJokr

      Fuck a port, have the PC version developed properly like how it should be.

      • NuttyTheSquirrel

        Every game that has been developed for PC and consoles at the same time is a port. (PC version)

        EDIT: It just depends if it is a good port (Battlefield 4), or a bad port (Medal of Honor: Warfighter, CoD Ghosts).

  • shanafan

    Wonder if it will come to Wii U.

    • Mitch

      Probably a Treyarch port, they’re doing that for the last few years.

    • Poplur33

      Is it even fun on the wii??

      • Mitch

        The Wii U’s hardware is more powerful than the PS3 and Xbox 360, so why not? The only thing you’ll miss out on is DLC, if you want that.

        • Poplur33

          Ik that.. It’s just the controls would be ugly af

  • so PC version will be ported again? they do it with many issues every year. I hope it will be developed separately, or it would be same sh*t…damn

  • Blaine

    So they just indirectly confirmed that Ghosts was a last-gen-first game. I know it was completely obvious, but here it’s straight from the horse’s mouth…

    • Well Ghosts was released before both consoles so you would think so…

  • MixMaster

    I say it will be a WW2 title.

  • TheShadowReaper

    so its next gen with a port to gen7 huh? that sounds exciting. they have the hardware to power good graphics. lets hope that they dont focus on graphics and make the game itself good. although a part of me secretly wants COD to start using a better engine or better graphics in general.

    • UKINFINITE

      unreal 4 is a good engine 🙂

      • If they will use the Unreal 4 I’ll poop in my pants.

        • Chris Mason

          Eh. No pics please.

      • TheShadowReaper

        Unreal engine is the best of the best. totally destroys any other engine imo. too bad Activision is forcing IW, Treyarch and SH Games to use their home engine. Unreal + COD would have been an awesome mix.

        • Xecho

          You don’t know that yet.

    • Michelangelo

      Amen to ur comment. ???

      • TheShadowReaper

        amen indeed.

    • Chris Mason

      But graphics don’t matter in a game like CoD.

      /troll

      • TheShadowReaper

        tbh i dont really know where to side on this one when we talk about COD. it never bothered me that COD was using an engine that i’m seeing for nearly 2 decades now. ofc its not even that engine anymore, its an engine itself, completely different from ID Tech 3 that we knew back in the day. this thing is better than ID Tech 5 in some aspects! i know crazy! but still, i wouldnt mind if COD took the “lets update everything with a new engine and screw over games like BF that boast about their engine!” road. that would be cool. since COD has the gameplay if it had the graphics too it would be the best in its genre if every new game had significant changes (either thematic or new stuff like guns etc which is what COD is doing right now). its ok that COD is what it is but since we’re moving to next gen i would like to see COD adapting to next gen too.

        • Chris Mason

          I’d like to see Activision step it up and either take one of their three devs, or hire another team, to create a new engine for CoD. It would be nice to see CoD make that next step into being a graphical power house of a game with the same (or sleeker) gameplay function.

          This franchise tip toes on the lines of its own legacy so much though, that if they changed the formula, they wouldn’t call it Call of Duty anymore.

          • TheShadowReaper

            well yeah i agree, although changing an engine doesnt mean that gameplay will change too. its only the graphical change that takes place. and we have seen that with many franchises changing engines throughout their history yet remaining what people liked in the first place. why COD cant do that? i believe Activision cant comprehend that thought.

          • Chris Mason

            More like they don’t have to burn that bridge until they get to it. If I was a shareholder of ATVI I’d want them to ride this cash cow to its grave. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. And when it breaks, retire it. Not worth fixing.

            I hope I’m wrong, and with the new consoles and (likely) stiffer competition in a CoD-dominated FPS market, maybe CoD declines in popularity and ATVI takes the due time needed to breathe life into the franchise again. Either way, it will be three-four years before that would happen, I’d think.

          • TheShadowReaper

            yeah, you summed it up nicely and exactly how it would go. although ATVI is a greedy corp i dont see them as greedy as lets say EA. maybe they wont ride the cash cow, leading to COD having a new engine and a potential new cash cow to ride. works for both us and ATVI if you think about it. or maybe its just me hoping it wont end as bad as it probably will…who knows. time will tell.

          • Chris Mason

            ATVI and EA are both businesses. Its their ‘Murican right to want all the ‘Muricans money.

            Time will tell with CoD, and there’s really nothing the gamers can do about it for now. Maybe ATVI will surprise us, maybe they will ride it until it dies. Who knows? If I could predict the future, I’d be setting up a lucrative return on investment of the next 10 years worth of NBA finals, Super Bowls, World Cups, etc. and not worrying about CoD anyways, haha.

          • TheShadowReaper

            yeah true. if you could predict the future, COD would be your last worry… 🙂

          • Chris Mason

            Of course. But more seriously, CoD blew up a few years into the X360 with CoD4 and became the juggernaut it is now because of it. If ATVI are smart (and they are) they will realize if they don’t do something to make CoD stand out, another game will come along and do it instead. Maybe its Destiny? Maybe its Titanfall? Maybe its BF? Could be something totally unknown to us now.

            If I know anything about history, it is that it repeats itself. I guess we will see come 2016/2017.

          • TheShadowReaper

            i believe its neither of those. for many reasons like, BF cant come even close to kill COD cause of gameplay differences. Destiny is Halo with RPG elements, and we saw that COD was selling better than Halo on Xbox360 so that one is out as well and then Titanfall. its is a fast paced shooter like COD but lacks the military setting so…nope as well. my belief is that if COD doesnt change up its game its gonna kill itself and i believe the premature death will come in 2016 with the next IW title. Ghosts nearly killed it for me. another one of this kind of COD and i’m out of this franchise for good and i believe i’m not alone.

  • UKINFINITE

    can’t be any worse than ghosts

  • jordanxbrookes

    Don’t hate me for saying this but I’d prefer Sledgehammer to bring Call of Duty back to the modern setting, not necessarily Modern Warfare 4. I feel the FPS genre in general will get boring if all the main ones are based in the future. Having a game that differs from the rest is what I feel will make Call of Duty stand out. I’m just not fond of a near-future setting. I can see Treyarch going back to WW2 or even maybe the Cold War, but we’ll have to wait and see for that.

  • They should make either an 80’s COD or modern day. Not WWII, not futuristic.

  • Zarky

    If Ghosts is anything to go by the next gen version is ridiculously close to current gen, in same cases Current Gen looks better even.
    http://i.imgur.com/AtiKsuv.jpg

    As for the PC version! I hope its actually playable this time around. Ghosts is terrible on PC!

    • ZermbiesFurLife

      There are so many things that make this picture bullshit.
      1st: Something called saturation
      2nd: The fact that this isnt even in the max resolution
      3rd:All depends on your capture settings.
      4th: How do I know that the top one is 360?

      • Chris Mason

        I’m not an expert on graphics, but I play on a 55″ Vizio LCD HDTV. I used 1080i on Ghosts 360 (capture card reasons) and 1080p on Ghosts XBone. The difference between 360 and XBone for me is night and day. Light and particle effects, color, clarity (at a distance) are far better on the XBone.

        I can snipe people with my Tac-12 without any sight assistance. Today I shot someone on Whiteout from the totem pole to the rocks at their spawn. Couldn’t do that on 360.

        • ZermbiesFurLife

          This is a really good representation of one of the better things you have said. I agree sir! I have a smaller TV (about 23”) because I wanted a cheap TV, that looked good and had a fast response time. I can tell the difference between BF4 (xb1) and ghosts (360). Even tho they are different games they do have a crazy difference. I will; be getting ghost for xb1 so I am assuming really good graphics. BTW why do you use 1080i, casue i notice that my elgato has be glitching, is that why? cause im on 1080p (recording in 720.)

          • Chris Mason

            I was using a cheap Roxio capture device. I just happened to be able to piggyback my headset into the audio-in jacks between the component cables and the Roxio. So I could soundwhore and record without having to jack with cables all the time.

            But yes, Ghosts looks much better on the XB1 in every way, shape and form.

      • Zarky

        As I said above I got the picture from CharlieIntels post. Why would they lie?

    • CGkillZ

      Is bottom one is the xbox 360 dipshit

      • Zarky

        I got this image from CharlieIntel’s post from awhile ago!….. I don’t think they would lie about something like this.

  • iAmEFFeX

    Another let down. I was hoping that by bringing in Sledgehammer this would be the breath of fresh air we needed. However, the fact that their game has to be dumbed down for PS3 / XBox 360 is so disappointing.

  • JTN07

    Being developed for both next-gen and current-gen, the current-gen version is bound to be just a disappointing water-down and unoptimized version of the next-gen. Especially in terms of graphics; considering last year’s Ghosts, which looked so much worse than Black Ops II. I just hope Sledgehammer doesn’t cut corners like Infinity Ward (despite having help from 3 other studios) and add a HD texture pack like Treyarch did with Black Ops II.

    • ZermbiesFurLife

      Um ghosts was developed for current gen. Then they upscaled it for next gen. Also thats how technology works, get fucking used to it.

      • JTN07

        Wow really? You mad? No need for the hostility, seriously.

  • K.E.M

    I hope they don’t do campaign. Because not alot of people play it,plus it saves more data for other things like more game modes like CTF and hardpoint.
    I hope the create a soldier feature returns with more items. I’m kind of excited to see what SH brings to the table, maybe they might actually do good.

    • Chris Mason

      Or, because of Blu-Ray for XBone and PS4, we could eventually see dual Blu-Rays for a segregated campaign and multiplayer. Until the next type of disc comes out.

      The possibilities are quite astonishing.

  • Michelangelo

    Good job SH for not leaving out the current gen people out of this one. But we can all understand why it’s really meant for next gen. Win-win for all of us.

    • Chris Mason

      My XBone is ready.

  • juan jr

    all i can say is i hope they have been working on this game for sometime now and its first person not thirds

  • platinumwarrior121

    Cant be worst then ghost..

    • MichiganerE

      They said that about MW3… looked at what happened…

      • platinumwarrior121

        not really,mw3 was only bad because of the dumb support package(main reason why people bitched because of the stealth bomber and countless easy emp’s) the rest was a good game

        • Michelangelo

          I don’t think that was the MAIN reason. I think it was really the assasin perk in general that ruined that game.

          • platinumwarrior121

            umm what was wrong with the assassin perk? its literally the same thing as cold blooded

          • Michelangelo

            Um assain was TOO op because everyone abused it, and people camped with it. I never used it. I’m always using QuickDraw. I need that fast ADS time.

          • platinumwarrior121

            umm its a perk? thats like me saying people abuse marathon and quick draw because they are good perk,doesnt really make sense,campers will always exist,i didn’t use kill steaks in mw3,i loved the specialist package,

          • Michelangelo

            Right, but like u said in the previous comment that cold blooded is the same as assasin. It’s abused in mw3 because there was no stopping power in that game. In mw2 there was stopping power and cold blooded. So players had to make a tough choice to whether or not to pick assasin or stopping power. Most people in mw2 used stopping power or either danger close. Mw3 didn’t have stopping power so people went straight for assasin which made it a camp fest.

  • chris

    thank goodness it comes out on the 360 coz I’m not upgrading for the moment

  • Travis Cleary

    I wouldn’t mind a 3rd person Call of Duty. I quiet enjoyed the 3rd person mode they added into Modern Warfare 2. I also love game like the Tom Clancy game’s. So I think if done right, it could be a well added addition.

  • Epicsand

    I have not bought a next-gen console, but I was hoping they would focus on them and PC. If they do focus on the next-gen consoles and PC, then the current-gen ports might be crap made so Activision can tap every market, like EA’s current-gen BF3 and BF4 ports. I hope Activision has the integrity not to.

  • RdJokr

    Now just say something like “PC is being developed side-by-side with next-gen consoles, and will not be a port”, and we can be happy. Don’t want another unoptimized mess like Ghosts.

  • Fariko Lunatik

    I remember playing the 3rd person gametype on MW2 and it was bad, so I think it’s a safe bet it will not be 3rd person

  • George

    I wonder if Sledgehammer will actually develop for Wii U and not get Treyarch to port it.