Your Next Call of Duty Developer is Sledgehammer Games

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Sledgehammer Games, and Activision studio, are your next Call of Duty developers for 2014.

The announcement comes from Sledgehammer’s official Twitter account, confirming that they are indeed “thrilled to develop the next generation of Call of Duty for 2014.”

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The news may not come as too much of a surprise if you’ve been keeping up with the latest happenings surrounding the studio. Most notably, Sledgehammer confirmed last May that they were “heads down” in their “next project” during the launch of Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Ghosts last year.

No specifics were given, but in a blog entry on their official website, Sledghammer Games founders Glen Schofield and Mechael Condrey wrote an open letter to all Call of Duty fans:

Five years ago, we started on the most exciting journey of our careers. Sledgehammer Games was built around a singular goal – to create world-class interactive entertainment that entertains millions of fans around the world. We have a passion for creating games and a team dedicated to achieving excellence in everything that we do.

Having the honor of developing the new, next generation of Call of Duty is a developer’s dream come true. All of us here at Sledgehammer Games have a shared vision to create the best work of our lives. The next Call of Duty represents a new era for this amazing franchise, and we look forward to sharing what we have been working on.

Today is just the beginning, there is so much more to come!

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Glen Schofield & Michael Condrey

Founders of Sledgehammer Games

According to Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, this will put Call of Duty in a three-year development cycle, giving their Call of Duty team “more time to polish, helping ensure we deliver the best possible experience to our fans – each and every time,” he said during today’s earning’s call.

“This will give our designers more time to envision and innovate for each title. Simultaneously, it will give our content creators more focus on DLC and micro-DLC which, as you know, have become large and high-margin opportunities and significant engagement drivers.”

Sledgehammer games had their first opportunity to work on a Call of Duty title along side Infinity Ward during the launch of Modern Warfare 3 in 2011. Looks like they’re on their own this year!

What are your thoughts? What do you think Call of Duty 2014 will be?

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