Activision has announced that the popular Call of Duty franchise is going to move to a 3-year development cycle. This means that Call of Duty developers will now have 3 years to work on a new game instead of its usual 2 years. This change will also add a new developer that will work on this franchise. Sledgehammer Games will join the likes of Infinity Ward and Treyarch as the three studios that will work on future Call of Duty games.
This year’s Call of Duty game will be the first to take advantage of this 3-year development cycle, and the game is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. Sledgehammer has had some experience with this franchise, they co-developed 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward.
“The move to a three-year development cycle,” President and CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg said, “will ensure a high level of quality for the series while also leading to new innovation for Activision’s billion-dollar franchise.”