In an interview with VentureBeat, Chief Operating Officer of Sledgehammer Games, Andy Wilson, speaks on the Studio's history and future ahead of the Call of Duty: Vanguard release. Most interestingly, Wilson states that, while the Studio is primarily focused on Vanguard, there is interest in new projects that potentially branch away from the Call of Duty franchise.
If you look at where we are right now, we’re obviously preparing to ship Vanguard. Clearly we’re also thinking about what comes next. The biggest thing for our team is that we want to constantly have interesting, exciting projects to work on. Obviously, Call of Duty is a huge pillar in the studio. It’s our primary focus, what we’re fully invested in right now.
Whether there are other things in the future that we look at as well, we’ll take the time to think about all of those things. Culturally, we do that as well. We take the time to breathe occasionally and think about where we want to go.
Whether or not these hopes will come to fruition is yet to be determined. It's reported that all Studios under the Activision umbrella are currently working on various Call of Duty projects, the majority of which being the massively-successful Warzone.
Founded in 2009 and based in Foster City, California, Sledgehammer Games has a rich history in addition to its contributions to the Call of Duty franchise. Co-Founders Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield were previously of Visceral Games and played key roles in the Dead Space franchise. In 2018, the pair would depart from Sledgehammer Games for "Executive roles" at Activision before ultimately forming their own Studios.
The current era of Sledgehammer Games, coined as "Decade II," is lead by Andy Wilson. Vanguard will be the first title released under the new management; the effects of which are yet to be determined, however, many are optimistic.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
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- Released: Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
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- Released: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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- Released: Friday, November 3rd, 2017
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After being noticeably absent from the expected release cycle, Sledgehammer Games returns to the WWII era with Vanguard.
What the future entails for Sledgehammer Games is currently unclear. For the time being, it's clear that the Studio's primary focus is the upcoming release of Vanguard and the post-launch content season that follows.
After that? Only time will tell.
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