Call Of Duty Now Has A Three Year Development Cycle
After years and years of Call of Duty switching between Infinity Ward and Treyarch, Activision has decided to make the franchise a three way love triangle, adding Sledgehammer Games as the third dedicated developer of the franchise.
This means that Call of Duty games will now be developed over a three year cycle, allowing for a whole 365 more days to try and make the series captivating again. Sledgehammer games is in charge of this year’s iteration.
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The news was revealed during an investor’s earnings call yesterday at Activision.
“For the first time, this years Call of Duty game, and future Call of Duty games, are being built on a three year development cycle. There are several advantages to doing this, the first is, of course, quality. This will give our designers more time to envision and to innovate.”
Treyarch will return with their Call of Duty next year, followed by Infinity Ward in 2016. The extra year does give me hope that Call of Duty games could now be more polished, but what the series is in dire need of right now has nothing to do with time. Instead, the franchise as a whole needs a breath of fresh air, and I doubt a full year more focused on fish moving out of our way when we swim close by is going to make that much of an impact.
Still, having a new studio such as Sledgehammer Games take the helm hold some promise, and Activision are fully aware that Ghost’s didn’t exactly hit all the marks it was meant to, despite selling like hotcakes. Whether that means they’ll give more freedom to the developer is yet to be seen.
Regardless, we’re bound to hear about the new Call of Duty soon enough. Let’s start taking bets on the name, shall we?