Next Call of Duty will be a “next-gen-first development,” says Hirshberg

Monday, 10th February 2014 16:51 GMT By Sherif Saed

Sledgehammer Games is working on the next Call of Duty, and according to Activision’s Eric Hirshberg, the game will be developed primarily for next-gen consoles.

COD Ghosts Onslaught_Fog Environment

In an interview with IGN, Activision’s publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, shed some light on how Sledgehammer is handling the development of the next Call of Duty.

“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,” he added.

This follows Activision-Blizzard’s latest financial report, during which they announced that the franchise will be handled by three studios going forward, Infinity Ward, Treyarch and now Sledgehammer.

The publisher also announced that each game will now be moved to a three-year development cycle, instead of the usual two-year cycle.

Hirshberg commented about that saying, “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, we’ve got more capabilities [with next-gen] 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.”

Do you expect this year’s Call of Duty to be better for it? Let us know your thoughts.



  1. LB

    Of course i expect this year’s Call of Duty to be better only because it has been in development for quite some time longer than the former 2 years.

    BUT this studio hasn’t released a single game and is unproven, so thats two reasons to throw your flags up in the air.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. KAP

    5th Nov
    “The new title (COD:Ghosts) delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that redefines the series for the next generation. ”

    10th February
    “Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development.”

    Sigh… who wants to bet, Gamers and Journalists will get on board this hype train once again, only to admit what they REALLY think come review week.

    It’s like the gaming press set out to milk the traffic, this will garner from gamers only to see it for what it is in the end.


    #2 11 months ago
  3. schnide


    So, uh.. not “of course,” then?


    #3 11 months ago
  4. LB

    @schnide Its more of a side of caution and optimism, plus for some strange reason i believe in this studio for some reason i don’t know why?

    Plus it depends on what Call of Duty game: Ghosts has brought the quality and fun factor down a notch, some COD veterans i know don’t like this version and others will enjoy this.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. YoungZer0

    But will it have fish ai?

    #5 11 months ago
  6. TheKeyPit

    @YoungZer0 This time they are going for bird-AI

    #6 11 months ago
  7. LB

    @TheKeyPit Gamechanger!

    #7 11 months ago
  8. TheKeyPit

    Seriously: I’d like to play a Call of Duty-game again, Last ones were Modern Warfare 1 and 3.
    Titanfall will do the trick in march.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. life28

    160 million PS3s and Xbox360s on the market. 6 million XBox One and PS4 sold. Which platform are more profitable? Dont be absurd, Activison will care about old gen this year too. Fuck technology, fuck new engine, let´s make some money.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. KineticCalvaria

    I don’t trust anything Activision say after last year and the so-called ‘Next-gen engine’ pfft.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. sho0ok

    @TheKeyPit then play Ghosts it is very good this year for the single player even thought the graphics were not so great. I Didn’t even try the multiplayer so I can’t help you there.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. The_Red

    “developed primarily for next-gen consoles.”
    It doesn’t matter. I might look like a next-gen game but since there are still last gen ports, the most important things WON’T use next-gen features (Such as physics, AI, level size and other tech things that affect gameplay and not just visuals).

    #12 11 months ago

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