New Call of Duty being developed primarily for next-gen

The next installment in the Call of Duty franchise is being developed with next-gen primarily in mind, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg recently told IGN.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 co-developer Sledgehammer Games is leading production on the new title, due out sometime this year. Speaking with IGN, Hirshberg said that the studio is approaching development as "next-gen-first."

"Obviously in the console-transition year, anyone who developed a cross-generational game last year had to deal with the fact that the technology of the next-gen platforms was still coming into focus and changing quite a bit during the development process," Hirshberg said. "Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development."

When reached for comment by Polygon, an Activision spokesperson could not clarify if the next-gen label applied to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U, or just PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The game will still be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

"There are still a lot of people playing on current gen, and we want to deliver a great experience for them as well," Hirshberg said. "But it will be a next-gen-first production and the current-gen game will be a version of that."

Last week, Hirshberg announced that the Call of Duty franchise would move from a two-year to a three-year development cycle.

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