During Activision’s financial conference call for calendar year 2016, the company confirmed that 2017’s Call of Duty game is being developed by Sledgehammer Game.
“Activision confirms that 2017’s entry of the Call of Duty franchise is going back to its roots with Sledgehammer Games at the helm.”
According to Activision, this is exciting both for the Call of Duty community and the developers at Sledgehammer Games.
“Traditional combat will once again take center stage” in Call of Duty’s 2017 entry, Tippl said. He added that both the Call of Duty community and Sledgehammer Games are excited about this year’s back to basics approach.
The company explained that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was a “high quality, innovative game,” but admitted that the game underperformed compared to expectations, and the space setting “just didn’t resonate” with a portion of the audience.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg reiterated that while Infinite Warfare’s gameplay innovations were well received, its setting “didn’t appeal to many of our fans.” Hirshberg said that 2017’s game will achieve a balance of keeping the Call of Duty franchise fresh and vital, while also providing new innovation, but with a setting that will resonate with fans.
Hirshberg said this year’s Call of Duty was greenlit “over two years ago” and “we can’t wait to unveil it to the world soon.” Activision typically reveals new Call of Duty games in the spring, either in April or May.
While Activision didn’t share specific details on what developer Sledgehammer Games has planned for 2017’s Call of Duty. Stay tuned for more updates.
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