The next Call of Duty is “a next-gen-first development” game, says Activision

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Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of 2014’s Call of Duty will take a back seat to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 editions of the game, said Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, in a recent interview with IGN.


Following on from news that this year’s edition of Call of Duty is currently in development at Sledgehammer Games, previously an assistant studio to Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, with the positive side-affect of the series moving to a three-year, three-studio development cycle, Hirshberg assuaged concerns that the previous generation consoles would lead development on the next Call of Duty. Hirshberg told IGN:

“Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development. 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.”

Hirshberg is confident that the new three-year development cycle will benefit the Call of Duty series, and how the teams can take advantage of the new generation consoles, saying:

“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. With next-gen hardware, 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.”

This move to focussing on the development of Call of Duty on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, however, doesn’t mean the team will be giving Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners short shrift, Hirshberg explained:

“There are still a lot of people playing on current gen, and we want to deliver a great experience for them as well. But it will be a next-gen-first production and the current-gen game will be a version of that.”

How do you hope Sledgehammer will take advantage of the new generation consoles in 2014?

Source: IGN

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