One thing gamers can count on every year is a new Call of Duty title from publisher Activision. With three high profile development studios in their portfolio, Activision has typically had a rotating title from one of three developers: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Infinity Ward is best known for their work on the Modern Warfare line of titles, while Treyarch is best known for the Black Ops series.
While this year’s Call of Duty launch is expected to be a new Modern Warfare title, next year’s title was supposed to be developed in a partnership between Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games. Until now. According to Kotaku’s sources, there may be some trouble over at Activision’s developers.
Apparently, the two studios working on next year’s title are having creative differences of some sort, after co-founders of Sledgehammer Games Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield left the studio.
Because of these differences, Activision has taken Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software off the project, and directed them to work with Treyarch on a new Black Ops title for next year. This is big news, because while most Call of Duty projects have three years for development, a new Treyarch title would only be getting two years. A significantly shorter time frame than the developer would have expected.
However, the work already done on next year’s title will supposedly be transformed into the single player mode for a new Black Ops, leaving Treyarch to focus on multiplayer and the bigger picture of the project.
This news comes at a weird time in the industry. While consumers wait for next generation announcements, developers are looking to the future and developing for new platforms. Call of Duty’s 2020 outing will likely launch for both current and next gen, similarly to Call of Duty: Ghosts.
It’s a tall order for Treyarch, not just to develop a title in two years time, but also to develop for five platforms. If anyone is up to the task though, it’s the Black Ops developer. Here’s hoping everything starts to roll smoothly for the veteran franchise.