Call of Duty Black Ops 3 launched just two weeks ago and Sledgehammer Games are already busy working on their next title. Glen Schofield, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, has come out on Twitter and said that he is already “so fucking stoked” for the studio’s next Call of Duty game.
So far, neither the studio nor Schofield have actually said anything about what exactly it is that they are working on, but he did also state in the Tweet that Sledgehammer have listened to players' feedback and have based their new game on 'what the players want'.
Sledgehammer basically plan to return to an iconic, almost idealistic, Call of Duty title. Sounds great, but what does all this actually mean?
Before Sledgehammer got involved with Modern Warfare 3 they were busy working an all new type of Call of Duty game. The new project was a multiplayer shooter but wait for it - all in third person! I guess it would have played out in a similar vein to the Uncharted games.
Unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it, Infinity Ward needed extra help with Modern Warfare 3 and Activision brought in Sledgehammer to help finish the game in time for its distribution deadline.
In effect, this put the entire project on hold. After the release of MW3 Sledgehammer had to begin work on Advanced Warfare so their third person project was shelved indefinitely. To this day it lies dormant - it even had a gameplay reveal trailer built and ready to go that was just weeks away from being showcased.
Make no mistake, this was far past concept stage, this is an actual working Call of Duty game. I know for a fact that the project is still very close to developers' hearts and given half a chance they would certainly jump on the opportunity of finishing the job.
This over the shoulder shooter was called Call of Duty: Fog of War and was set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War.
Did Someone Say Modern Warfare?
Or, we could be going back to their Modern Warfare roots. Although the majority of the Modern Warfare series was made by Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer do have a large slice in the MW pie. This could suggest that we may be seeing a very welcome return to the beloved Modern warfare series next year.
Modern Warfare 3 was the last in the 'Modern' series, after that they went into the 'Advanced' series. What makes this even more interesting is that Sledgehammer also stated that this time around, they have done pretty much exactly what the players said they wanted from the next Call of Duty game.
Here's where it gets interesting - the majority of feedback requests that were received by the studio in relation to the project all kind of go like this - a game that returns to the core of the Modern Warfare feel of gameplay, realistic weapons & gear that we know and recognise with bigger better maps, all played on the new more powerful gaming machines. Simple really.
Personally - I would very much welcome a return to the Modern Warfare genre - this was by far my favourite Call of Duty series. Even though I was waging war in remote parts of Russia or obliterating enemy units through an infrared monitor from a AC130 gunship it still all felt real. The Advanced series, although great, seemed a little out of reach to my imagination - I had no clue what the made up weapons could do and never really felt connected to the world. I am never one to stand in the way of progress but I do like to keep my feet on the ground when my head is in the clouds.
None of the Above
Of course we could just see another Advanced Warfare game coming from the studio. How they will incorporate the fan feedback into another Advanced Warfare is yet to be seen. Maybe it is the same as making a good cocktail - a drop of the old school, mixed with a shot of realism, shaken up with a new story and poured into a glass even further into the future?
So, whether the next Call of Duty game is an over the shoulder third person shooter, a return to the Modern Warfare era, a mixture of both or just another Advanced Warfare title - one thing is for sure, Sledgehammer are going to rock the hell out of the boat this year! And no matter what happens, Glen Schofield is "f**king excited" and so am I.