In the latest issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine, Treyarch Head Mark Lamia talked about the liaison between the three different Call of Duty studios, and how Treyarch plans to make the most progressive game in the series.
Since there are multiple teams working on the franchise, Lamia said that he took everyone on board during the early stages of Black Ops 3‘s development, but that other studios have to come up with their own creative ideas.
From very early on we’ll share stuff on all sides. I invited the other teams very early on in this development, as soon as I had what I considered a representative prototype. I shared it with the other studios, but it’s up to them to come up with their own [creative ideas].
The most recent entry, Advanced Warfare, also featured a futuristic setting but Treyarch claims Black Ops 3 will be something different.
I actually saw Advanced Warfare levels… very early Campaign… I played multiplayer a little bit later, and it wasn’t because anyone was holding back on us, it was just the timing when we played it.
It was interesting to see that they had maybe some movements like ours, but the systems and focus they had was different from ours. I think that’s important inside the franchise to have some differentiation for the players so that they can get a different experience every year.