The Next Call Of Duty Will Be A “Next-Gen-First Development”
This certainly does not sound like some puffed-up ego stroking. Actually, what does it even mean?
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With Call of Duty titles going onto a three year development cycle rather than the previous standard two years, a third developer has joined the fray to alternate with Treyarch and Infinity Ward. Sledgehammer Games previously assisted on CoD titles but has now taken on the responsibility of developing a game all their own.
Activision’s Eric Hirshberg recently stated that the game would be developed primarily for PS4 and Xbox One.
In an interview with IGN, Activision’s publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, shed some light on how Sledgehammer is handling the development of the next Call of Duty.
“Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development.
“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 added.
That should really be the focus anyway, given that PS4 and X1 are the current-gen. The only worry is that the game will be optimised for those consoles and then perform poorly or have many elements stripped off in order for the old consoles to handle them.
We saw this with FIFA 14 which was a lacking experience on PS3 but came alive on PS4.
Of course, this is the way most developers are approaching their cross-gen titles so it should come as no surprise that Sledgehammer has opted to do the same.