The 2014 Call of Duty game will be announced in May, according to a new report.
Activision is expected to officially release the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise next month, according to a new report from PSU.
Apparently the game is being developed under the codename “Blacksmith”, but whether that is related to the game’s official title is currently unknown.
When Activision launches the first COD game developed by Sledgehammer Games next month, it would be around the same time as last year’s Call of Duty Ghosts announcement, which lends a little more weight to this latest report.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was developed by Infinity Ward with a little help from Sledgehammer games, but this title is being developed entirely by the latter.
According to a leak from an industry insider and a mention on a developer’s LinkedIn profile, the game appears to be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 rather than a new Call of Duty title.
Earlier this month, the first Blacksmith screenshot of Call of Duty 2014 surfaced, showing a highly detailed character.
The next Call of Duty game marks the beginning of a new three-year development cycle between Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward and Treyarch.
It will also be the first COD title to be developed first for next-gen PS4 and Xbox One consoles, with current-gen editions as a secondary development goal.
“Of course, anyone who made a cross-gen game over the past year had to deal with the console transition year, the technology of the next-gen platforms was still coming into focus and changing quite a bit during the development process,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing.
When the game is announced next month, don’t expect it to be released before Q4 2014 as is the usual COD release cycle, but Activision will undoubtedly give us plenty more details at E3 in June.
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