Going forward, the Call of Duty franchise will belong to three developers, Activision has revealed. The series already yo-yos between Treyarch and Infinity Ward, but now Sledgehammer Games has been given Call of Duty development responsibilities as well.
“For the first time, this year’s Call of Duty game, and future Call of Duty games, are being built on a three year development cycle,” Activision revealed. “There are several advantages to doing this, the first is of course quality. This will give our designers more time to envision and to innovate.”
Sledgehammer Games has been quietly tinkering away on their own Call of Duty game, which is yet to be revealed, but will be released later this year. The developer has previously aided in the development of CoD titles like Modern Warfare 3. Seeing as Infinity Ward developed last year’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, we’ll likely only see them again in 2016. Next year will be Treyarch’s turn to release a CoD.