Video game developer Sledgehammer Game’s recent partnership with publisher Activision on last year’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won plenty of acclaim from reviewers and gamers alike. Many took special consideration in calling attention to the the title’s militarized, science-fiction campaign and supported first-person shooter gameplay as making for not only the best entry in the series thus far, but also decided improvement over its immediate predecessor, Call of Duty: Ghosts.
However, Sledgehammer’s first entry into the franchise was not entirely without difficulties, as the studio was forced to scrap an initially planned, third-person shooter entry, Call of Duty: Fog of War, that was set to feature the Vietnam War as its primary narrative backdrop. The reasons for scrapping such a potentially divisive project are understandable, though the mechanics and design that went into the planning stages make it an interesting concept, and one that may yet see the light of day.
Taking to his Twitter account last evening, Sledgehammer game designer Glen Schofield teased fans regarding the planning stages for the next of Call of Duty game. Schofield stated that the studio is currently in the designing stages for the new title, but that they have taken fan feedback into account, and that he is “stoked about this one.”
See the original Twitter postings below:
We're designing a new game so in design mode I do art. That's how I think. Probably weird but it's my way of concentrating.— Glen Schofield (@GlenSchofield) November 23, 2015
Can't talk about the game but we listened and I am so f*%#=ing stoked about this one.— Glen Schofield (@GlenSchofield) November 23, 2015
Schofield’s nod to Sledgehammer taking into account reactions to their first title in the series points to the studio’s involvement in developing a direct followup to their last take on the franchise, which could result in an Advanced Warfare 2 within the next year. On the other hand, Schofield has been vocal in the past regarding the studio’s work on the aforementioned third-person shooter, going so far as to say, “If they ever asked us to a make a third-person Call of Duty game I’d go back to what we were doing.”
It’s still too early to tell just what kind of game Sledgehammer has up their sleeves, though Schofield is undoubtedly on board and enthusiastic going forward. And given Schofield’s previously stated belief in the project, a third-person take on the Activision tentpole wouldn’t be an entirely unthinkable prospect. At any rate, regardless the new game’s ties to its immediate predecessor, a glimpse of what was at work on the canceled Vietnam title would be a nice added bonus to wherever the next game takes gamers.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on all developments regarding the follow-up to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.