Following Activision’s investor earnings call, the publishing behemoth revealed today that their flagship shooter franchise Call of Duty will undergo a three-year development cycle spanning multiple development teams.
Since the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the franchise has seen annual releases developed by alternating studios each year. With this new cycle, development responsibilities will be shared with studios such as Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch respectively. This approach means that 2014’s Call of Duty release will be fronted by Sledgehammer Games, as Treyarch follows with 2015’s title and so on.
To justify the recent announcement, Activision publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg had claimed this allows “more time to focus on DLC and micro-DLC” as well as “more time to polish”.
“Looking forward to 2014, as both Bobby [Kotick] and I have said, we have a superlative game in the works, and that we have some new approaches this year that we think are going to be very positive with the three-year development cycle. With the injection of some new creative leadership from some very talented folks at Sledgehammer Games, and we think that the 2014 game is going to be one of, if not the best, Call of Duty game ever” Hirshberg said.
Sources: IGN and Gamasutra
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