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Post by Dan @ 03:12pm 10/11/10 | 42 Comments
Now that Black Ops is out the door, attention has turned to the next potential titles in the Call of Duty franchise that are expected to be in development.

Not that it's surprising that a publisher continues to make games in a successful franchise that has made them tonnes of money, but more interesting is the direction that it's rumoured to be taking.

In an article over on Gamasutra "industry sources" are cited as confirming a sci-fi theme for an upcoming CoD game from Activision's Sledgehammer Games:
Infinity Ward is still around, and working on something, even though it has suffered significant staff departures beyond West and Zampella. But Sledgehammer Games, run by Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, formerly of EA's Visceral Games unit, is the wildcard. The group is working on a FPS Call of Duty game, something Activision publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg implied on last week's earnings call would be next up.

"This [next] Call of Duty title will be first-person shooter, just to make sure there's no misunderstanding there," he said, without directly mentioning Sledgehammer.

That unit hasn't talked specifically about what it's doing with the franchise. But industry sources say Sledgehammer's Call of Duty will be set in the future and feature, for lack of a better term, space Marines, a very big step for a franchise that has historically based itself on realism.
Of course, these are all just rumours and speculation, but given that the switch from WWII to Modern Warfare was so successful, it's not a huge stretch to believe Acti would take the brand to another new environment -- much like we saw with EA's Battlefield 1942 > BF2 > BF 2142.

A Call of Duty with future tech? Space Marines? Count us in.



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Latest Comments
Trauma
Posted 05:12pm 10/11/10
Sci-fi COD would suck ass imo. Not a sci-fi fan.
ViscoS
Posted 05:48pm 10/11/10
Maybe if it was like Crysis level Sci-fi.
Eorl
Posted 06:16pm 10/11/10
We'll see if this one does better then BF2142
Khel
Posted 06:27pm 10/11/10
Might actually be worth buying if it goes sci-fi and has badass space marines.
paveway
Posted 06:34pm 10/11/10
meh kind of over this franchise, i don't want to keep having to buy a new game ever year because the next one out kills the multiplayer community of a very solid game in it's own right.
infi
Posted 06:42pm 10/11/10
not to sci-fi, more ww2 or afgahni marketplaces plx
Eorl
Posted 06:49pm 10/11/10
Pave, there is still quite a few playing the older COD titles. Don't know bout MW2, but I still see at least 10 actively full servers for aus in COD 4. I know it's only 10, but there still are people pew pewing about.
paveway
Posted 07:02pm 10/11/10
yeah i might give it a go again, that was the 1 i was refering to mainly
Crakaveli
Posted 07:02pm 10/11/10
let it f*****g die for f**** sake. Be creative and create something f*****g new.
Morbz
Posted 07:50pm 10/11/10
agreed starting to get abit gay right about now :P what next the sci fi will be called white ops!
DarthGuybrush
Posted 07:54pm 10/11/10
Nooooo! Sound gay! COD with laser guns? Count me out!
Eorl
Posted 08:03pm 10/11/10
Why would they just abandon such a successful title series? Seriously, you people all need to step into a pair of developers shoes. Everyone complains about bugs, about continuing on with a supposed "dead" series (even though it still sells millions on release), and just plain dumb ass complaints. You understand how it all works, and why it won't or doesn't work, then you will understand why it's actually a SMART move to continue making this successful brand.
slamma
Posted 08:04pm 10/11/10
What was the last decent fps scifi game out anyway
Eorl
Posted 08:20pm 10/11/10
What was the last decent fps scifi game out anyway

Halo series for console I guess.
Ummm, multi-platform could be Doom I guess :S
FraktuRe
Posted 08:22pm 10/11/10
They need to build a completely new engine, this old one is getting... old.
Eorl
Posted 08:25pm 10/11/10
They need to build a completely new engine, this old one is getting... old.

Eh, its the unreal engine 3, heavily modified. They're doing quite well at the moment, but I do agree a new change of engine would be nice. Might be needed for the sci-fi style as well, with more awkward physics being induced into the genre.

You know what game needs to change engine the most? WoW. It's still using WC3 but fully modified.
HERMITech
Posted 10:30pm 10/11/10
meh, not a fan of "pew pew pew" gun sounds in most scifi's of late.

I like my "kaboom" sounds that make my sub rattle the neighbours windows two blocks over.
LOTUK
Posted 10:35pm 10/11/10
I honestly don't know why they haven't done this already. I think the new theater of war would be both stunning and original if they stick to their COD roots and don't go crazy on the whole future weapons thing.

I'm picturing boarding parties, alien planets (at least not earth) and intense action. Not crappy arcadey poor excuse for a game sci-fi shooter.

Keep an open mind. If they stick to the game play they're known for and people don't get their panties in a bunch over a space setting, it could be a breath of fresh air.

...of course it could also all go pear shaped... At least we know one thing for sure. On release day, the servers will be full, there will be some bug of sorts to make playing a b****, the server browser will still be s*** and they'll act surprised there's a problem and apologize of the inconvenience :)
LOTUK
Posted 10:45pm 10/11/10
Space Nazi Zombies anyone? :P

get those planks of wood out to nail up the airlock!
HERMITech
Posted 11:07pm 10/11/10
over a space setting, it could be a breath of fresh air.

Perhaps not eh?
Taipanator
Posted 07:35am 11/11/10
The IW 4.0 engine is actually a *heavily* modified quake 3 engine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IW_engine

Which is pretty amazing that the Q3 engine is still rocking on although with a new renderer slapped on top.
Eorl
Posted 09:54am 11/11/10
It's an amazing engine, one which I hope to use one day. It can do some pretty crazy things.
tspec
Posted 01:19pm 11/11/10
Would actually be nice if they covered a war before any of the World Wars. Perhaps the US Cival War maybe, there have been games that have done it, North and South on the NES is probably the only one I've ever played but I don't remember ever seeing any FPS's on it.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 01:40pm 11/11/10
That is because you would be spending half your game packing your rifle between shots, awesome times!
HERMITech
Posted 05:57pm 11/11/10
Any of you peons tried "World of Tanks"?

http://www.worldoftanks.com/

For a closed beta it's pretty damned good.
Keys abound everywhere for it,
E.T.
Posted 06:13pm 11/11/10
This sounds like playing laser skirmish instead of paintball. ..

I like the grit of the current age games. You can relate to the struggle in some little way.

Sci Fi is just meh.
Crakaveli
Posted 06:42pm 11/11/10
What the f*** Eorl? are you the activision cheerleader or something?
FraktuRe
Posted 06:44pm 11/11/10
Yeah Hermi I've played a fair bit of World of Tanks, my tiger2 is badass.
MoSFXx
Posted 06:48pm 11/11/10
They should just use the Starcraft universe for their Sci fi shooter and just rename everything least it'll be good
E.T.
Posted 06:58pm 11/11/10
Yeah Hermi I've played a fair bit of World of Tanks, my tiger2 is badass.


WTF, had never heard of this. Now I've requested to join the beta so I can check it out :)
Mantorok
Posted 06:59pm 11/11/10
Perhaps the US Cival War maybe, there have been games that have done it, North and South on the NES is probably the only one I've ever played but I don't remember ever seeing any FPS's on it.
http://au.gamespot.com/pc/action/godsgenerals/review.html
Trauma
Posted 07:20pm 11/11/10
This sounds like playing laser skirmish instead of paintball. ..

I like the grit of the current age games. You can relate to the struggle in some little way.

Sci Fi is just meh.

Yea I've done both and it's just not same with pew pew, has no impact, give me realism every time.

Yeah Hermi I've played a fair bit of World of Tanks, my tiger2 is badass.

World of tanks server lag is good/bad?

WTF, had never heard of this. Now I've requested to join the beta so I can check it out :)

I did the same, MMOhut.com has keys. http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/15968-beta-keys-available-here/
FraktuRe
Posted 07:20pm 11/11/10
the server is in america, ping ~250, perfectly playable no lag at all.
Trauma
Posted 07:24pm 11/11/10
I wouldn't say that 250 is no lag at all but I tend to be a bit more sensitive to ping than my mates... I'll give it a shot, thx.
Khel
Posted 07:33pm 11/11/10
Sci-fi doesn't have to mean buck rogers style laser guns and peww peww, think of something like Battlestar Galactica for example, or that old show Space: Above and Beyond.
FraktuRe
Posted 07:38pm 11/11/10
It's not an fps, you don't notice any lag at all.
Eorl
Posted 09:11am 12/11/10
What the f*** Eorl? are you the activision cheerleader or something?

Nope, just saying the engine is really good :S I've always wanted to use a Unreal Engine, but haven't had the time to try it out. I kind of like Unity a bit better with indie game development.
Crakaveli
Posted 09:53am 12/11/10
I'll agree that the engine is good. But i think it needs an overhaul of the rendering system, except that won't happen until the next gen of conslols come out.
Eorl
Posted 11:54am 12/11/10
Pretty much. I think it'd be more worthwhile if someone just makes Unreal Engine 4, instead of trying to modify a already deeply modified engine.
Khel
Posted 01:49pm 12/11/10
Its not really up to the guys making games like COD to just go and make Unreal Engine 4 though is it. I mean, they could make their own engine, but thats a bit of a fool's errand these days, with so many mature and powerful engines already out there.
reso
Posted 02:40pm 12/11/10
Nope, just saying the engine is really good :S I've always wanted to use a Unreal Engine, but haven't had the time to try it out. I kind of like Unity a bit better with indie game development.


Sorry, I might have read this incorrectly and you're just discussing UE3 in a Black Ops thread, but you do realise Black Ops is running a modified Quake 3 engine right? No Call of Duty game has been made on an Unreal Engine (Maybe number 3 was).
Eorl
Posted 10:09am 13/11/10
Oh woops xD Where did I get UE3 :S My bad, thanks for pointing that out.
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