Call of Duty 2014 Developed Primarily for Next-Gen, Says Activision

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According to video game publisher Activision, 2014’s Call of Duty will be developed primarily for the next-generation platforms.

We recently learned that Call of Duty will be taking on a three-year development cycle, with Sledgehammer Games at the helm of this year’s entry, giving all three studios, including Infinity Ward and Treyarch, that extra head room to push graphical innovation and other improvements even further in future titles.

Interestingly, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told IGN today that, with Call of Duty 2014, Sledgehammer Games will be approaching development as “next-gen-first”.

“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,” he said. “Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development.”

Hirshberg wasn’t able to detail exactly how Call of Duty 2014 will take advantage of next-gen hardware, but he did say that Activision’s studios now have “more capabilities than ever before to play with and we want to make sure our developers have the time to innovate, iterate, to bring the best creative vision and the most possible polish to each and every game.”

Without leaving previous-gen gamers behind, Hirshberg added that they still “want to deliver a great experience for them as well. But it will be a next-gen-first production and the current-gen game will be a version of that.”

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