Non-FPS Call of Duty Announced
Activision has announced that it intends to expand the Call of Duty franchise with a new non-FPS title by developer Sledgehammer Games, expected to be released in 2011.
The title’s development will be headed up by Dead Space veterans and former Visceral Games bosses Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey. Scofield and Condrey defected from EA last year. Activision says Sledgehammer will "extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre".
The company also announced the creation of a dedicated Call of Duty business unit, adding that Steve Pearce, CTO, and Steve Ackrich, head of production, will take over Infinity Ward following the departure of Jason West and Vince Zampella.
"2010 will be another important year for the Call of Duty franchise," stated Mike Griffith, President and CEO of Activision Publishing.
"In addition to continued catalog sales, new downloadable content from Infinity Ward and a new Call of Duty release, we are excited about the opportunity to bring the franchise to new geographies, genres and players."
This comes shortly after reports of Activision CEO Bobby Kotick supposedly meeting senior staff at Infinity Ward.