Good. Maybe a new development team can infuse new life into a franchise that is, for all intents and purposes, stale. We can hope.
It seems that Sledgehammer Games is staffing up to handle a next-gen Call of Duty installment. This is according to CVG citing LinkedIn job listings for the aforementioned studio.
Sledgehammer is looking for a multiplayer designer, concept artist and senior animator, among other things. These job listings say the team is working on a "next-gen" CoD entry, which means a release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you'd forgotten, Sledgehammer was originally formed to work on a third-person spin-off way back in 2009. However, that idea was scrapped and the studio assisted Infinity Ward with the creation and production of Modern Warfare 3 . Now, it appears that Activision is giving Sledgehammer a chance to shine by helming a new CoD all by themselves.
The publisher did confirm that a new Call of Duty would be launching later in 2014. That may or may not be the title for which Sledgehammer is currently hiring; gotta get some official details.