It has been revealed that the upcoming Call of Duty game being helmed by the new outfit Sledgehammer, will be built specifically for current gen consoles and will not be held back by their predecessors PS3 and Xbox 360′s limitations.
The revelation came through Activision’s Publishing’s CEO Eric Hirshberg, speaking to IGN in a recent interview.
“Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development,” he told the site. “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.”
Details are thin on how the upcoming game will take advantage of the new consoles’ power, however Hirshberg revealed that it was one of the reasons why Sledgehammer was added to the roster of developers, so that Treyarch and Infinity Ward could be given breathing room to innovate.
“On the two-year cycle, 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. With next-gen hardware, Hirshberg went on. “We’ve got more capabilities 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.”
Hirshberg said that they’ve allowed Sledgehammer to flex their creative muscle with the upcoming Modern Warfare title, telling IGN that: “We give each of our studios a lot of independence.”
Seeing the work Sledgehammer did helping Infinity Ward with Modern Warfare 3, Activision’s message to the new studio is, “You know what makes this thing great; now go do it your way.”
As for what fans can expect from the upcoming title, Hirshberg had little say except, “”When you see it, hopefully, you’ll see what I’m talking about.”