The next full Call of Duty will be designed from the ground up with next gen consoles in mind and Activision have also added a new team to the mix.
Call of Duty 2014 To Truly Be Next Gen
Call of Duty has already appeared on next gen home consoles. Call of Duty: Ghosts made the transition and was released on both current and next gen consoles at the time of launch.
While Call of Duty:Ghosts looked more impressive and had certainly a few extra layers of polish on the next gen consoles it still did not come across as true new age experience.
That’s mainly because it wasn’t. The game was merely a port of the release already heading to current harware at the time with prettier graphics for those with the better hardware. The next Call of Duty release will be the real deal it seems.
Sledgehammer Games To Develop Next Call of Duty
Traditionally – a new Call of Duty title is released every year.Infinity Ward or Treyarch have both been criticized in the past for rushing out there releases to make the time window.
To account for this Activision have brought a third team on board. Sledgehammer Games have now got the oppurtunity to bring their own expertise and take on the series.
This means there will also be a three-year development cycle – which should quell fears of rushed titles in the future. It appears that Sledgehammer Games have also been given the freedom required to bring something different to the first person shooter series.
Activision Gets Ready For Next Gen Releases
“On the two-year cycle, with the level of content we were putting in the games, it became a real horse race each and every time to get everything done that we wanted to get done. With next-gen hardware, we’ve got more capabilities than ever before to play with and we want to make sure our developers have the time to innovate, iterate, to bring the best creative vision and the most possible polish to each and every game.”
There is little known regarding gameplay details as of now. We can expect teaser details announcements over the course of the build up to the first true next-gen Call of Duty similiar to what Activision did with Ghosts.
Whatever way you look at it – this is a big release for Activision. This is the chance to make sure the Call of Duty series stays relavant and prosperous in the face of an onslaught of new hardware and competitors trying to steal the throne.
The longer development cycle and new developing company should increase the quality of the releases which is only good news for gamers long term. Watch this space.