In an Investor Call this week from Activision, CEO Eric Hirshberg announced that Sledgehammer Games are joining Treyarch and Infinity Ward as the third lead developer on the franchise to allow for a new three year development cycle. Previously the instalments were lead by Infinity Ward and Treyarch who released their versions of Call of Duty every other year. For 2014, Sledgehammer Games will be releasing their first developed iteration since parting ways with Infinity Ward on Modern Warfare 3.
I am sure no one needs to be reminded again that Modern Warfare 4 has possibly been in development for a few years since voice actor Billy Murray claimed attending a meeting to voice a 4th Modern Warfare in 2012. No specifics for this years Call of Duty has yet been revealed.
Quoted by Hirsgberg:
The change will give our designers more time to envision and innovate for each title … It will give our content creators more focus on DLC and micro-DLC which … have become large and high-margin opportunities and significant engagement drivers. It will give our teams more time to polish, helping to ensure that we deliver the best possible experience to our fans each and every time.
Praise was also given to Sledgehammer Games for their development on Modern Warfare 3 and that they are expected to “bring fresh ideas and creativity to this great franchise and to raise the bar for next-gen games overall”