Sledgehammer Games’ upcoming Call of Duty title due to arrive later this year, will be a “next-gen first” game. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg explained in a recent interview.
Sledgehammer is approaching this a next-gen-first development
According to the executive, with the Xbox One and PS4 out in the marketplace and solid, it’s time to focus on making a game to take advantage of the new hardware. Hirshberg says that “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,” said Hirshberg in comments to IGN.
“Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development.”
This follows on news that the Call of Duty franchise would now hit a three cycle between the Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games teams. Sledgehammer Games’ 2014 release is rumored to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4. The studio played a large role in developing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in 2011.