Sledgehammer Games is developing a new Call of Duty title

Sledgehammer Games is developing a new Call of Duty title

When news broke that Microsoft would be acquiring Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal, fans of the Call of Duty series began to theorize that Sledgehammer Games and other Call of Duty studios might drop the series to work on it. other games. Although this could be a possibility once Microsoft acquires the publisher, it’s not currently the plan.

Sledgehammer Games has already started pre-production on its next Call of Duty title, sources said. But no details about the game were provided due to the uncertainty of what the final game will entail.

Writer Sam Maggs has suggested in the past that the title could be a sequel to Call of Duty: Vanguard, saying at New York Comic-Con in 2021 (via VGC) “we have two more stories that we really want to tell with these characters”. However, Sledgehammer Games’ ambitions to make a sequel may not come to fruition as Call of Duty: Vanguard falls short of Activision’s expectations.

Bloomberg It was first reported that Call of Duty will not release a premium title in 2023, because the publisher believes they might release premium Call of Duty titles too quickly, which was one of the reasons for Vanguard’s poor sales. However, the Bloomberg news did not confirm or deny that Call of Duty will move away from annual releases indefinitely. Even if such plans were to be the case, the decision could be reversed once the acquisition by Microsoft is complete.

Following the Bloomberg report, an Activision spokesperson said: “We have an exciting lineup of premium and free Call of Duty experiences for this year, next year, and beyond. Reports of anything else are wrong. We look forward to sharing more details when the time is right.”

These comments are likely referring to two free Call of Duty projects in development. Call of Duty: Warzone mobile will release later this year, with Warzone 2 releasing in 2023.

To fill the void of not releasing a premium Call of Duty title in 2023, it appears that Activision is also planning to release a third Call of Duty project within the two-year window. No details on the project have been officially released, but a likely title could be a standalone Call of Duty zombies project that I first heard about last year that it was in pre-production. The title could be a good compromise for Call of Duty zombie fans, who apparently won’t be getting a classic zombie experience in Modern Warfare 2.

With the next Sledgehammer title, a developer had anonymously suggested that the plan could simply be a “gap year” for the series, with annual releases resuming soon after. The theory is that the studio has until 2025 to complete its next Call of Duty project. However, game development is a very fluid process and the date could easily be changed based on data gleaned from Treyarch’s title release in 2024. But this bit of information suggests that we shouldn’t rule out the Call of the Year premium annual titles. Duty. moving forward and Activision apparently has all its bases covered for the franchise.

Such plans may also be hinted at publicly, with Sledgehammer Games seemingly increasing the acquisition of developer talent, rather than losing it. According to the study LinkedIn, has seen an increase of more than 21% in talent last year, with growth of 7% in the last six months. Additionally, the studio doesn’t seem to be slowing down on hiring either, with more than 60 vacant positions (the same number as last year) across its four studios based in Australia, Canada, the US and the UK. Sledgehammer Games now has nearly 500 employees, putting the studio on par in size with the other two major Call of Duty studios, Treyarch and Infinity Ward.

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Sledgehammer Gaming Office.

With the acquisition expected to be finalized by the summer of 2023, no one really knows the future of Call of Duty. Today’s plans could be changed in a flash tomorrow, but one thing is certain: We’ll at least get one Call of Duty title this year from Infinity Ward. Sources have said that the title has two years worth of content planned across all of its modes, and I’ll report back on more details when I hear more.

Activision has seemingly covered all of its bases for whatever scenarios may arise in the next few years, with various Call of Duty experiences in various stages of production. If anything, it looks like we’ll be getting more Call of Duty games rather than less progress.

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