Sledgehammer Games was recently named as the developer behind this year's Call of Duty project. Activision announced during an earnings call last week that the franchise has switched to a three-year development cycle, with developers Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward, and Treyarch trading off on an annualized release schedule.
"Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development," Hirshberg told IGN. "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."
Sledgehammer Games previously assisted Infinity Ward in the creation of 2011's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, contributing to the project in a co-development role. This year's Call of Duty game is the first series entry that Sledgehammer will tackle as a primary developer.