For a while, we've known multiple Call of Duty titles have been in development, and one rumor pegged Sledgehammer Games as one of the developers.

Activision hasn't made anything official just yet but most figure we're getting Modern Warfare 3 from Infinity Ward later this year. However, it now seems clear Sledgehammer is indeed working on a CoD entry of their own: according to a new job listing for Sledgehammer Games, the new studio is definitely cranking on something fresh for the CoD franchise. The job listing is for a Community Manager, and asks if applicants would "like the chance to build and drive the studio community management effort for Sledgehammer and the next Call of Duty game." Well, that's pretty clear. So does this mean we get MW3 and some sort of CoD spin-off or sub-franchise this year? For the record, Sledgehammer was actually created by Activision back in 2009; it's headed up by Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, both of whom worked on the original Dead Space for EA. So while the name may sound new to you, Sledgehammer has seasoned veterans in-house.

It's probably too much to hope that whatever they're working on will be a significant departure from the series – you know, something different – but even so, we'll be interested to hear the official announcement.

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daizycutter
daizycutter
9 years ago

The COD franchise …the golden ticket for game software developers…and will surely and without conscience dump out the same game!

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
9 years ago

That's what we need activision. Why pump out one CoD game a year when you can make two?!?! Hell, why stop at two? Might as well make 3 or 4.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

just release them ALL now and get it over with. no more hassle.


Last edited by Zorigo on 1/13/2011 10:39:44 AM

Simcoe
Simcoe
9 years ago

Hey that's what I was thinking, just get 8 developers to make CoD's that way they can release a CoD every quarter! Think of how many billions they'd make!

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
9 years ago

LOL that honestly made me crack up (because it's true)

manofchao5
manofchao5
9 years ago

and some mindless moron every year buys their games with mediocre graphics, short storyline and the flawed online
this game is so pathetic now, like an std its passed from group to group til the franchise will eventually collapse from annoyed people

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

If it isn't anything different then I'll gladly pass..Have to take the wait and see approach..Yet even then if it comes out this year, I'll be too busy trying to juggle Killzone 3, Resistance 3, Uncharted 3, and InFamous 2 as far as shooters are concerned. Not to mention the time that will still be spent playing MK…so many games so little time…


Last edited by slugga_status on 1/13/2011 10:39:55 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Hey, Cole is so cool he can't even use guns.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

Well..depends…we talking Evil Cole or Good Cole? Personally..I like Evil Cole..

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

ohhh activision!! you have EA employees!! EA should sue you!! coz clearly thats how your playing your game with them!!

¬_¬

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Call of Duty.

Anyone feel that the name itself is becoming slightly ironic given the merciless and highly cynical exploitation of the very concepts the game is built on.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

HA.

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
9 years ago

You have a point.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'd say it just means that the "Call of Duty" now refers to the call to the sheeple to buy the next installment no matter what.

WolfCrimson
WolfCrimson
9 years ago

Just WHAT do people see in this franchise? Huh?!

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

Are you serious? It's a fantastic series. All you haters don't make any sense. I have played all CoD games and enjoyed every one. They all offer close quarter MP that allows leveling and configuration. The human vs human combat is exciting and very skill oriented. You want vehicles then there is BFBC2. The configurations allow you to augment your character with different game changing skills. There are also perks that give you bonuses. Why all the hate, seriously. Who cares if it's released every year as long as it's fun. I have been playing Black Ops for 2 months now and prestiged once. Sounds like a game that was worth my money. The SP is very good as well. A company comes out with an outstanding product and makes barge loads of money so people just start hating. Do you have Blizzard too for creating Diablo, StarCraft and WoW? I honestly don't understand any of you.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I think it's simply that most people here aren't enamoured with fast-paced action, or FPSs in general. That's my sentiment anyway.
Peace.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

That makes sense, if that is the case. I am not saying everyone needs to like CoD. I am just saying that there are a ton of people that love it and for me it's been a highlight of my year in gaming. Best part is that I have actually improved so that I could actually prestige this time for the first time. I didn't in MW2. Anyway, hope they keep raising the bar.

GuernicaReborn
GuernicaReborn
9 years ago

I get that its a good game, but there are many good games out there that don't get a fraction of the publicity, hype, sales, ect. that any of the CoD's have gotten this gen.

The only thing I can compare it to is the movie Titanic, and all the hoopla over it when it came out in theaters. Sure, it was a good movie, but I don't think it deserved the sales and praise it got.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I agree with Guernica and toss Avatar into the mix. Dances with Wolves where the Indians are blue people = overrated.

If CoD didn't have that name attached to it the scores would tank and the sales would be the same as any shooter. It's just annoying that a good game is touted as the greatest game when there is so much better quality stuff out there more deserving.

spiderboi
spiderboi
9 years ago

It's a good series, but its hype and popularity overshadows other greats, which is why most people here don't like it. Also, it keeps on doing what it does and +1 for each succeeding iteration, not +10 like other sequels.

I play CoD:BO on free time I have in between.

I play GT5 and MAG on planned sessions.

It's great on its own merit, but there are also other good games out there.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

The thing with CoD is that..well..they haven't provided anything new. It's comparable to Madden. Same game with a roster update. CoD is the same game online since CoD MW. They haven't changed anything just give you a new story and change the perks for online play.

It is that reason that I feel a lot of people stay away from it. Also it fails to do what some of the best FPS' out there do. You have Killzone which streams all game modes selected on one map and you play'em all in one sitting.

Take MAG. It encourages you to work as a team to complete the objective. Where as CoD is pretty much Rambo central if you're not in a clan or playing with friends.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

@ Crusader

I understand why people like CoD, it is a very polished game, but I personally find the content repetitive and the single player campaign a little too short to enjoy. Modern Warfare 2 is one example of CoD being a disappointment. Black Ops certainly improved things tho, so credit is due there.

But what I don't understand is why people keep buying the same game year after year when they know they're just getting the same thing, just with a few shallow differences in appearance and maybe half a dozen new guns?

The gameplay hasn't changed since Modern Warfare, the graphics have only had a mild improvement, only big difference is storyline in single player and different map types and guns to suit the time period the game takes place.

I got CoD 4 on PC and I thought it was brilliant. It really was at the time. Modern Warfare 2 I got on PS3 for split screen multiplayer and Black Ops I got on 360 for online multiplayer with friends. Now I have a CoD game on each medium, I really don't see the need for anymore.

Wish me luck convincing my friends to stick to Black Ops or MW2 though, cos if they update this year, I may well be forced to update as well. I'm actually hoping CoD hype wears off so I don't have to keep buying the damn thing every year just to play with friends.

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

I can't figure that out either. It's same thing again and again.

Amazingskillz
Amazingskillz
9 years ago

A contrary thought…. Activision would be foolish to disrupt the recipe that has brought them back to back (MW2 & Black Ops)unparalleled blockbuster hits. There may be 30 or 40 people on this site who say the COD games are more of the same, garbage, poor quality etc. However, based on the games record sales and warm reception from the general public its pretty much a no brainer that the franchise is special.

To make it simple in an analogy, 5,000 people are sour on it and 5,000,000 are sweet on it. Who you gonna go with? At this point it would be foolish to bet against Antivision oops I meant Activision and the COD franchise. Give em their props and move on.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

Well said, perfect!

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
9 years ago

You actually couldn't be more wrong about the "haters" on this site and especially about cod, I for one crave innovation the very thing that franchise lacks in spades. There is nothing golden about the franchise, they found the perfect game to tap into the casual gamer market. I have quite a few people on my friends list that only play madden and cod, they are what I call the typical "bro" gamer. You may enjoy the simplistic mundane average shooter very year but we or I don't.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Amazin, we know from history that milking a popular franchise too quickly can cause it to die, so yeah at some point I would bet against Activision. The public will eventually start to feel the way many of us do and just go "ANOTHER call of duty? I'm tired of it"

spiderboi
spiderboi
9 years ago

Good analogy. But we can also say that about a million fans adore and worship Justin Bieber, and sales prove it, but there are other artists as talented or even more talented. Its just about hype.

No offense to the kid, but his music just doesn't have much substance.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

"To make it simple in an analogy, 5,000 people are sour on it and 5,000,000 are sweet on it. Who you gonna go with?"

The 5,000 every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Popularity in most all other entertainment venues translates to mediocrity.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

The way how Activision advertise CoD, people won't get tired of it anytime soon.
There's a reason why for the 2nd year in a row CoD set a new record for sales.
CoD is not the best game but it's a good game nonetheless.
Black Ops gets an 8.8 on PSXE, that's already saying something.

However, it's only a matter of time before the fans get tired of it, but at least a few more years, probably 5 or 6.
And Activision is just gonna speed up the process if they have 4 studios working on CoD then that means 4 CoD in 2 years.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

They should just name each new entry with the year like sports game.
I can't wait for COD 2012-2, scheduled release 2014


Last edited by cLoudou on 1/13/2011 10:59:16 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

haha, good idea.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

And next thing you know, Activision BIG presents Call of Duty : Street.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

A little like the Unreal Tournament series. 2003, 2004, 2005 and so on until UT3 was finally released.

matt99
matt99
9 years ago

Any chance that Sledgehammer is replacing Treyarch? Or will there really be two CODs in one year?

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Matt,
No, Antivision is using 3 separate development houses to make all of their COD's now, so who knows when the next one will release.

(until they can find another baker's dozen teams to give us a COD bi-monthly).


Last edited by BikerSaint on 1/14/2011 2:38:44 AM

big6
big6
9 years ago

I'm going to predict that if Sledgehammer releases a COD game in the same calendar year as the 'regular' COD releases, then it will be MULTIPLAYER ONLY.

Gabriel013
Gabriel013
9 years ago

Multiplayer only? Will this be the game with the "more money than sense" monthly subscription/pass I heard mentioned a month ago?

FullmetalX10
FullmetalX10
9 years ago

Black Ops was my first Cod game and I reckon' my last, it had a fun campaign and I still enjoy playing multiplayer with my friends, but I just don't have the money to get any multiplats this year.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

So, Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and possibly Raven Software. All cranking away on CoD. I suppose it gives a chance of raising the bar in terms of gameplay and graphics with such a potentially long dev time. I see them forming some spin-offs though. T-arch and IW will continue to do the main games, while the other two will do spin-offs. Future Warfare, Ghost, Civil War. Who knows?

And whatever happened to this supposedly being an adventure game?
Peace.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Lawless,
You forgot one….."COD: Space Armada"

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'm getting peer pressure to buy Black Ops cuz my friend is obsessed with the zombie stuff. I'd get it so we could play if it cost what it was worth, but crap Activision really keeps their prices high don't they?

Here is an approximation of the CoD gamer because we actually had this conversation recently while on the phone:

Him: "What you up to?"
Me: "Gaming, but I'm not getting anywhere cause I can't really concentrate."
Him: "That's why I like CoD, you don't have to think at all, just shoot sh*t."

And that my friends is the CoD gamer. So, his birthday is coming up and I bought him Bad Company 2 ūüôā

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Nope, not at all, I love zombies. Dead Rising 2 I DID NOT love. I hadda sell that piece of junk.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

I saw it Saturday used for 45 at gamestop. They were selling it new at 50 but still had MW2 at 60, because that makes sense.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

I'm going to predict that sledgehammer's call of duty will be the one that makes the Franchise go down on sales due to it being really bad.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

IDK, I just have this feeling that Sledgehammer is going to be the one team that really surprises us with a totally different "Oh wow, I didn't see that one coming", maybe a futuristic planetary wars, or a space warship flotilla type game.

But only time will tell if my hunch is right.

ebterp
ebterp
9 years ago

I just don't get it…listen I thoroughly enjoyed COD4 and MW2 but BO is just not as smooth or fun to play..this franchise is going to get hurt bigtime if they think they can keep blowing games out like nothing…instead of sucking the money out of everyone they should have taken a game like MW2 and supported it for a long time by releasing new map packs adding functionality etc…like I said I am a fan but at the end of the day there ain't much difference between all three offerings when you are playing online…

JSwayze
JSwayze
9 years ago

Same thing I was telling my friends, BO felt bland & unpolished compared to MW2

StangMan80
StangMan80
9 years ago

MW2 ended it with me, and just got worse when I played it my self.
I loved COD4MW, I don't know what went wrong. They just just realized that they threw out the same game but with a few… improvements(?) and people bought it like crazy, so they just kept throwing out pretty much the same game and for some reason people are still buying it.

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS THINKING!!!