We've already got Treyarch and Infinity Ward rotating the Call of Duty licence between them year on year, but now Sledgehammer Games have been added to the cycle. Job by the company reveal several open positions for artists and programmers to work on a next-gen game in the franchise.
It's been speculated before that Sledgehammer would be making their own title after helping Inifinty Ward out on Modern Warfare 3. Now it's confirmed. This will be the studio's first title, though whether they'll be working on their own side of things as Treyarch does with the Black Ops sub-series or something different remains to be seen.
Speaking "This game (Modern Warfare 3) has allowed both Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games to hire, and we hired really strong teams, both of us. We needed to come together on this one, but since then we've both grown, we're both over 100 people now."way back in 2011, Sledgehammer GM Glen Schofield said,
"Initially we weren't fully functional because we had to learn a new engine," he went on. "Now we have, I think the best thing that could happen for Activision would be for us to both go off and make our own game. Whether that's a Call of Duty game or not is up in the air. I plan to continue working on Call of Duty."
Looks like they've got their wish. With Ghosts feeling slightly jaded and out of touch despite selling very well, it remains to be seen if Sledgehammer can help freshen up the franchise a little.