Activision recently announced what could be described as a game changing move for the future of the Call of Duty franchise.
Call of Duty 2014, a title we still know very little about is currently in development by Sledgehammer Games, a development team who aren’t new to the series. Prior to this announcement they aided Infinity Ward during the development of Modern Warfare 3 and were also working on a Call of Duty project said to be in 3rd person.
The introduction of a further development team will grant both Treyarch and Infinity Ward an additional year to develop their next title. With next generation systems containing more powerful internals, the development of games has become a more sophisticated process than ever before. More time will allow the developers to exploit the hardware in new and better ways to ultimately deliver a better game.
Such news has lead to mixed reactions, mostly due to the fact many people associate Sledgehammer Games directly with Modern Warfare 3, a game which had a shaky reception within the Call of Duty community. Realistically speaking Sledgehammer Games merely assisted in the development due to a reduced workforce at Infinity Ward of whom many left to form Respawn – developers of Titanfall.
It would be fair to assume that Infinity Ward was leading the development of what was their vision – to create Modern Warfare 3, and therefore the overall state of the game cannot be “blamed” on the assistance they received.
With many years of experience making games, 120+ employees and involvement with such franchises as Dead Space, Sledgehammer Games are more than capable of delivering a next generation Call of Duty title.