New Call Of Duty To Embrace Action/Adventure Model
Hot on the heels of the Activision/Infinity Ward blow-up, we have a new Call of Duty announcement.
According to IGN, Activision has tapped Sledgehammer Games, a newly formed studio with ex-Visceral Games execs Glen A. Schofield and Michael Condrey at the helm, to develop this new installment. Perhaps the most surprising - and intriguing - part about this is that the new CoD "will extend the franchise into the action/adventure genre." What? Really? No FPS? Well, we can't be entirely sure and we also need some clarification on the issue, because supposedly, there's a CoD title slated for 2011, too. Are we talking about the same game or two separate games? Might Sledgehammer develop this one and Infinity Ward continue with the FPS model with the 2011 entry? Oh, but it gets better; a third title gets added to the mix, because we can't forget about the Treyarch-developed Call of Duty that will launch later this year. Activision says they want to expand the franchise in question "with the same focus seen in its Blizzard Entertainment business." So of course, that includes toying with the idea of "high-margin digital online content" and bringing the acclaimed series to "new geographies and new genres."
Yes, well...new genres. Didn't expect to see that one coming. Is anyone else suddenly more interested in Sledgehammer's project than either Treyarch's 2010 game or the "other" one that might drop in 2011?
3/3/2010 10:18:56 AM Ben Dutka