Sledgehammer have sent out a tweet declaring that they’ll be revealing a “New Era” in Call of Duty on May 4th. Venture on to the Call of Duty website and you’ll be greeted by a distorted picture and a countdown. Presumably the picture will become clearer the closer we get, or on the day itself.
— Sledgehammer Games (@SHGames) May 1, 2014
Meanwhile the official Call of Duty twitter account has changed its profile picture to what would appear to be the Golden Gate bridge surrounded by billowing smoke. I swear if America gets invaded again, I’ll march down to Activision’s office with a world map and patiently show them that the world has more countries to offer than just America.
It was announced earlier this year that Sledgehammer games would be the third developer working on Call of Duty, alongside Infinity Ward and Treyarch, and the each game would now get three full years of development time.
While it is hard to show any genuine enthuism for the announcement of a new Call of Duty game, the fact that there’s a different developer at the helm and longer development time does give me some faint hope. I’ll cross my fingers and hope above all hope that on May 4th SledgeHammer proves that their the ones to reinvigorate the franchise.
The basic premise thus far seems interesting, with the focus being on private military corporations, such as the company formerly known as Black Water. These companies are actually quite terrifying when you dig into them, beholden to no one but themselves.
The official statement from Activision reads:
“In the last 20 years, global combat has seen a steady shift towards the use of private military corporations, or PMCs. What happens when the highest bidder becomes the world’s next superpower?”
And so we can likely expect America to get the snot kicked out of by one of these massive corporations. Aside from it probably being America yet again, Sledgehammer might just be on the right path here.