According to a report from the L.A. Times, Activison has a third team working on the Call of Duty series, but fails to mention which studio has been handed the task or what it entails.
Apparently, Infinity Ward and Treyarch just aren’t enough.
As Activision seems to be discovering this year with Guitar Hero, there’s danger when a title is overexposed with too many iterations. Nonetheless, the publisher has aggressive expansion plans for Call of Duty. Although Infinity Ward and Treyarch have produced sequels in alternating years since 2005, the publisher now has a third development studio working on future versions.
Over on Kotaku, the site reminds us that CEO Bobby Kotick has “publicly expressed this thoughts on a massively-multiplayer online take on the series” and how CFO Tom Tippl says the company is looking into “additional online monetization models” for the franchise – so it could be anything, really.
The site also mentions that n-Space works on the portable versions and Certain Affinity helps out with Treyarch’s multiplayer maps. Then there’s studios Raven, High Moon, and the newly formed Sledgehammer, which all have experience with FPS games.
So again, it could be any one of these, or a new studio entirely.
We’ll send a mail off to Activision and see if anyone gets back with us.