Following the collapse of Infinity Ward, which wasn’t too long ago, a new development team was born. Named Sledgehammer Games, the team was constructed specifically to follow in Infinity Ward’s footsteps, a team that produced four extremely well-received Call of Duty titles. Now that they’ve released their first title with success, it appears that they might be looking to expand their portfolio.
Sledgehammer Games is currently hiring a Senior Online Engineer. The recruitment post on Gamasutra states:
We are actively recruiting top talent for our Call of Duty development team.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 just came out last month, and given that Treyarch is currently producing the next Call of Duty, which will come out in roughly a year, it’s unlikely that an Online Engineer would be required for anything outside of maintenance including patches and Call of Duty Elite work. This leads me to believe that they’re working on another title outside of the next Modern Warfare, especially with a team size of well over 100 members.
If this is true, the possibilities are limited. Activision is very careful with funding, and is primarily concerned with high profitability. As a result, it’s either something that will be familiar, or yet another Call of Duty title that’s beginning production early. Whatever the case, we probably won’t find out until a few months into 2012.
What do you think Sledgehammer Games is working on? Is it just another Call of Duty release? Share your response in the comments below.