With the recent change to a three-year Call of Duty development cycle, announced by Activision today, we can extrapolate what the next few years will look like for the franchise.
This year, Sledgehammer Games will head development on the Call of Duty game. According to Game Informer, Activision said Call of Duty had three branches: the Modern Warfare series, the Black Ops series, and the Ghosts series. With Treyarch on Black Ops and Infinity Ward introducing Ghosts, it’s possible Sledgehammer will pick up the Modern Warfare series.
Based on that knowledge, and the assumption that Call of Duty games will always release in November, the next three years will likely look like this:
November 2014 (this year): Sledgehammer Games – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
November 2015: Treyarch – Call of Duty: Black Ops
November 2016: Infinity Ward – Call of Duty: Ghosts
November 2017: Sledgehammer Games – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Despite the wait between the next entry in each series being a year longer now, the extra development time might help Activision better differentiate them. And maybe the extra time would result in more DLC for each game.
Source: Game Informer
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