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Sledgehammer is “different than any other Call of Duty studio,” how will that help Advanced Warfare?

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The wraps are slowly being removed from Sledgehammer Games’ first full game project, and after discovering Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare earlier this month with a few debut details and the first exciting trailer, we’ll be finding out about the multiplayer and other features at E3 2014 next month.

But why should we be excited about yet another Call of Duty game? Sledgehammer is different to Infinity Ward and Treyarch, says co-founder Michael Condrey.

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In an interview with Game Informer detailing Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield’s move from Visceral Games to the founding of Sledgehammer, they say that Activision gave the pair the freedom to create the studio that they wanted, in the way they wanted it:

“They couldn’t have been better partners in the beginning,” Schofield said of Activision. “They got us up and running.”

Condrey elaborated, saying:

“Activision’s independent studio model was, ‘Build the team the way you want to build it. Use the practices that allow you to build great software.’ It was such a great match, and I think now you’re seeing the fruits of that labor. We’re different than any other Call of Duty studio in terms of how we operate and the culture of our space.”

Third Time’s a Charm

Despite discarding work on a third-person Call of Duty action game and sacrificing time to work with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, former Dead Space sound designer Don Veca (now working at Sledgehammer) remarked:

“The thing about Glen and Condrey is that you know they’re not going to fail. That’s the way that I’ve felt when I worked with them on previous games. I saw that in those guys. These guys will take us to the finish line. I have total 100% trust in them.”

Sledgehammer’s first Call of Duty journey is far from over, however, with more details on Advanced Warfare to be revealed in the coming months, and Condrey and Schofield promising something “incredibly special” at E3 2014 in June. Writing on the studio blog, the pair said:

“It’s been quite the journey and our show plans are shaping up to be incredibly special. We’ve been busy reading all your comments, watching all your videos, and absolutely glowing with the excitement of sharing more with the greatest community on earth – the Call of Duty community.

“The anticipation of showing off the most ambitious project we’ve ever worked on is a truly humbling feeling, and we could not be more proud of the amazing work being crafted by the team at Sledgehammer Games. The studio is buzzing with the excitement and looking forward to sharing more from our game with you.”

Knowing the passion and camaraderie that Condrey and Schofield share, and considering how contagious their leadership style is combined with the freedom Sledgehammer has been given for the team’s first full game, I can believe that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be just the game to shake up the series, and Sledgehammer is just the studio to do it.


What do you make of Condrey and Schofield’s comments and claims? Is it just PR talk to try and instil confidence in the next Call of Duty, or do you believe Sledgehammer Games will help bring the franchise into a new era?


Source: Game Informer via VG247


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