Call of Duty: Ghosts
Sledgehammer's Call of Duty Game to be a "Next-Gen-First Development"
Written Monday, February 10, 2014 By Richard Walker
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With Call of Duty: Ghosts for next-gen consoles being a jazzed-up version of the Xbox 360/PS3 version, Sledgehammer's Call of Duty game (the next in the series) is to be a "next-gen-first development" Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg has confirmed.

“Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development,” Hirshberg revealed. “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…. Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development.”

Details on the next Call of Duty title are thin on the ground at present, but you can rest assured that committing the franchise to a three-year development cycle rather than two years will mean Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward and Treyarch will be able to lavish their full attention on each game.

“On the two-year cycle, with the level of content we were putting in the games, it became a real horse race each and every time to get everything done that we wanted to get done," Hirshberg observed. "We’ve got 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.”

"Next-gen-first" is all well and good for Xbox One and PS4 owners, but what of the Xbox 360 and PS3 audience? “There are still a lot of people playing on current gen, and we want to deliver a great experience for them as well," said Hirshberg. "But it will be a next-gen-first production and the current-gen game will be a version of that.”

Sledgehammer's Call of Duty will be out later this year. Expect more details to emerge from E3.

[Via IGN]


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Comment #1 by Bi9ode
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:33:03 PM
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Suck it BO2 e Treyarch fanboys

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Comment #2 by The Stache
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:33:39 PM
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It'll drive console sales, no doubt.

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Comment #3 by ginge88isfun
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:37:39 PM
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Sledgehammer can suck a fat one. I'll stick with Black Ops II for now.

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Comment #4 by Samigi
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:38:25 PM
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Heard that they helped with MW3. I really hope that they don't take any ideas from that game.

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Comment #5 by TheWeasel
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:39:25 PM
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happy there will only be zombies every 3 years now at least

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Comment #6 by scardro
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:41:05 PM
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Call of Duty have 3 Studios and it's still gonna be a shit class game series just die already these games are so bad and popular all the people clammer for a under developed game every year and other great games go by on the radar it's sad what COD series brought to the gaming community

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Comment #7 by HolaOswaldo
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:43:22 PM
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when will they stop making more call of boobies games? seriously games are lame.... modern warfare 2 was the best cod they made.

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Comment #8 by Zenka The Myth
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:50:04 PM
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Guaranteed it'll use the same 10 years out of date engine that has been used to make EVERY Call of Duty and which is why despite it being developed by a different company it'll still be the same piece of crap we get every year.

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Comment #9 by DeadlySinz86
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:50:57 PM
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I'm actually intregued as to what they can achieve, will we see innovation? I hope so. Either way, I'll be interested to see what they come up with and I don't say that about most CoDs.

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Comment #10 by MyNameIsWill
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 06:52:02 PM
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Zombies, Extinction, now...

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Comment #11 by EMP
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 07:16:53 PM
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As broken as Battlefield can be I would still prefer it over Cod anyday.

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Comment #12 by Caramel Cardinal
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 07:17:07 PM
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would guess what will happen will be similar to last gen with 369/ps3 having full game and wii having a slimed down version
so ps4/xbone get full version, 360/ps3 get slimmed down version with less content (and wii u get's nothing lol)

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Comment #13 by BiggD
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 07:22:41 PM
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@9, Innovation? LOL. We haven't seen innovation in CoD games since 2004.

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Comment #14 by ViNyLek
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 07:22:54 PM
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That's the way everyone should be doing that. Don't totally ditch previous platforms, but concentrate on next gen first, so game really shines and is not limited by some stupid coding that needs to make both versions click. I approve of this message.

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Comment #15 by Russianlotreither
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 07:27:12 PM
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@10 Zombiction! :D

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Comment #16 by SPARTANxx3xx
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 07:50:18 PM
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If this is a three year cycle they started working on this at the start of 2012. How is this so next gen focused if they didn't have the hardware even set by then? I guess this will only be next gen focused devloment for 1.5 years.

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Comment #17 by FatalDeathSG45
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 09:26:44 PM
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As much as I like Call of Duty (well, some of them, anyway), all 3 of the developers (Sledgehammer, Treyarch and Infinity Ward) need to do something about the game engine. Give us something new, or this may be the first Call of Duty game I WON'T be spending money on.

After Ghosts, I'm starting to think IW has lost their touch, but I still enjoy Black Ops II. Hopefully Sledgehammer will deliver something new gameplay-wise, or this will be the first CoD game I'll sit out.

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Comment #18 by Beast Rider42
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 10:08:06 PM
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Just make it next gen that make people buy next gen consoles

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Comment #19 by irongru
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 10:29:56 PM
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@16 They just work on the game and then when the specs came out for the Xbox One and PS4 they will have adjusted accordingly. A few games companies that are releasing games will have done this

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Comment #20 by TotalBlank
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 11:01:25 PM
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The horror... the horror!

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Comment #21 by Edword
Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 11:51:58 PM
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So with the addition of another developer is great and all, in theory, I wonder how long Sledgehammer has had to work on the new COD title.

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Comment #23 by oCYBERPUNKo
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 02:22:38 AM
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Comment #24 by Ashy999au
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 04:08:45 AM
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Should call it
Call of Duty: Milking Time

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Comment #25 by Krovash
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 08:40:10 AM
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I remember them giving those same BS promises when they were making Ghosts (next gen graphics that will blow people away), in the end players around the world got the very same game they've been getting since CoD 4.
Don't forget, they'll most probably promise you to get rid of quickscoping and they would also use "infinite power of the cloud" and add dedicated servers, which they promise to do with every game they make, and yet never fulfill their promises.

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Comment #26 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 10:56:29 AM
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@13 but modern warfare came out in 2007 and id say that was pretty innovative.

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Comment #27 by thenewpeter
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 11:50:06 AM
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Well, this wont make that much difference to the newer systems versions, the older call of duty's are very outdated as it stands including the 'rebuilt engine' CoD Ghosts.
Who know's, maybe CoD will at least get a face lift and become a bit less out dated.

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Comment #28 by xHGx
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 @ 08:07:03 PM
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Modern warfare-excellent
WaW-good but bad gun balance
Mw2- amazing as well but become unplayable with one man army and noob tubes after a while
Black ops-not good
Mw3- horrible a bad version of mw2 no innovation. So mush was copy and pasted from mw2
Black ops 2-in my opinion much better. Had good balance.
Ghost- wtf happened. Horrible map design. Everything is grey and blue with there colors. Leveling system is garbage. I don't know what happened. It lost it's fast pace shooter arcade feel here.

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