sledgehammergames_logo_200.jpgUsually, the Activision quarterly conference call for investors is pretty dry – I don't report on it because it's often just a bunch of fiscal stuff. But today's earnings call just ended, and it contained two major pieces of info that Call of Duty gamers will want to know: Sledgehammer Games is the developer for the next Call of Duty game, and the franchise is now on a three-year development cycle.


Sledgehammer's founders, Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield, have posted a note on the studio's official site to add to the announcement, which reads:

Five years ago, we started on the most exciting journey of our careers. Sledgehammer Games was built around a singular goal – to create world class interactive entertainment that entertains millions of fans around the world. We have a passion for creating games and a team dedicated to achieving excellence in everything that we do.


Having the honor of developing the new, next generation of Call of Duty is a developer’s dream come true. All of us here at Sledgehammer Games have a shared vision to create the best work of our lives. The next Call of Duty represents a new era for this amazing franchise, and we look forward to sharing what we have been working on.


Today is just the beginning, there is so much more to come!


Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey
Founders of Sledgehammer Games

The other item announced on the call – the fact that Call of Duty games are now on a three-year development cycle – is just as important, and based on feedback I've gotten over the years, it's something I think gamers will be happy to hear. Lots of people have asked me why Call of Duty is on a two-year development cycle, with studios alternating years; I can only point to the huge player base and strong sales from the last several years, and suggest that it's been a successful plan so far. But I love hearing that developers will have even more time to create the best game possible. Clearly, as the franchise goes on, gamer expectations continue to rise, and having more time to meet those expectations sounds great.


There's no other news on this yet, but of course, there will be as the year goes on. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.