The pressure is on for Sledgehammer Games as they take on development responsibilities for the next entry in the mega-popular shooter series, Call of Duty.
With Advanced Warfare, the studio aims to deliver on that familiar Call of Duty experience while putting their own spin on things.
“We really look closely at a lot of different things,” Senior development director Aaron Halon told GameInformer. “The pacing is different, things that are – there’s very core things that Call of Duty [does] that won’t change: 60 frames per second, the moments and things in it that are very memorable in the game. But our take on it – our spin on it is different.”
Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey explained, “Yeah, we’re really looking forward to sharing more because we think we have some meaningful way to make this franchise feel like it’s got its Sledgehammer mark on it.” Fellow co-founder Glen Schofield expressed his appreciation for the sort of creative freedom the studio was handed while taking on the project. “We approached this like we would any new IP,” he said. “I mean, this has been one heck of a creative challenge. I mean, everything is brand new in the game.”
As Schofield said earlier, Advanced Warfare will bring “some pretty big experiments to the core mechanics that’ll effect multiplayer and every mode of the game.”
Later in the interview, GameInformer asked Halon what sort of message the development team might have for fans worried about the introduction of a new studio in the Call of Duty development cycle.
“Don’t worry about it,” he responded. “I mean, look, again, we’re fans. We’re really scrutinizing what we’re doing ourselves and can’t wait to show the stuff off.”
It will be an agonizing wait to find out this November 4 when Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Be sure to check out the entire interview with GameInformer where the studio dives into details on the development process behind Advanced Warfare.
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