Activision already has Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games behind the biggest (and most persistant) first-person shooter on the market today, and now they’ve enlisted the help of a third developer for the Call of Duty series.
Neversoft, probably most known for the Tony Hawk series, has been confirmed as a third developer for Activision’s yearly blockbuster series. More information is forthcoming: the only real update we have as of now is a post on the Neversoft website, stating that:
“…we have modeled our team into a crack squad of eager developers ready to push the First Person Action genre in support of Activision’s Call of Duty franchise.”
What does that mean? Really quite little. It’s a statement of Neversoft’s presence in the development of Call of Duty, but further than that, it tells us almost nothing. It doesn’t, for example, tell us whether Neversoft is working on the upcoming Black Ops 2 alongside Treyarch, the Vita-exclusive Black Ops: Declassified, or if they are working on an as-of-yet unannounced title. Perhaps Activision was unhappy with the work Sledgehammer did on Modern Warfare 3, and have enlisted Neversoft to replace them. That’s all speculation, of course: the only thing I can tell you for sure is that when we know more, you’ll know more as well.
I’m not wholly sure how I feel about this. One the one hand, Neversoft (admittedly most likely at Activision’s behest) drove the Guitar Hero franchise into the ground with repeated releases, and their later Tony Hawk titles were severely underwhelming. On the other hand, Call of Duty has already devolved to the point of yearly releases, so the series is about as close as it can get to the ground without actually being driven into it, so it’s not like Neversoft can do much harm. Maybe their presence will actually save the series. As someone who once enjoyed the series, I think I’m allowed to dream.