A NEW JOB LISTING reveals that Infinity Ward is hard at work on projects targeting not just the PS4 and Xbox One, but also whatever consoles Sony and Microsoft are cooking up for next-gen, too.
It looks like Activision and Infinity Ward have confirmed we’ll be getting a Call of Duty title on next-gen titles.
That’s not really a surprise in and of itself – we’ve had a Call of Duty game every year for over a decade now. Recent rumours suggested this could be a new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4game for 2019.
But now it looks as though the publisher may have actively confirmed that we’ll be seeing the key title on next-gen platforms as well.
A new vacancy at Infinity Ward notes that the studio is already hard at work on an ‘unannounced triple-A title’ for next-gen systems.
Now, considering we’ll be seeing Infinity Ward’s next Call of Duty announced and (assumedly) released this year, that suggests the in-development game could be targeting a cross-generation release, right? Maybe.
The job listing has Infinity Ward state it is looking for a staffer to “drive the vision of what a true next-gen console can achieve”. Elsewhere, the company says “Come work with the game industry’s brightest on an exciting, unannounced next gen title.”
If you follow the link, you’ll also notice that the company alludes in no uncertain terms to a Campaign mode – the role of Associate Game Designer has a description that notes applicants need a “broad understanding of both multiplayer and single player game design.”
Those of you that were frustrated by the lack of single-player mode in Black Ops 4, don’t worry – it looks like Activision listened to you.
To be honest, we’re more interested in the next-gen comments, though – with Sony being tight-lipped on the status of the PlayStation 5, and with Microsoft only hinting at the Xbox Scarlett platform, it’s fascinating to see developers and publishers work in secret on these unannounced games.
So when do we expect to see these new consoles? Smart money is on 2020.
Generally speaking, 2020 appears to be the accepted date that most industry experts and analysts believe Sony will launch a new console. As shown by Dring’s comments above.
In addition, the one source and prediction that we’re inclined to believe the most comes from Digital Foundry.
The sister site of Eurogamer is well known for its deep dives into the performance of games to see exactly how well they are running on a console and they are, to our mind, some of the best technical experts when it comes to console gaming.
So when they write a story titled ‘PlayStation 5: when can Sony truly deliver a generational leap in power?’ you take notice.
For those who don’t want to read right now, the overriding opinion of the story seemed to suggest that it would be madness to assume Sony would release a new console anywhere before Q4 2019, but that a 2020 launch would prove most likely.
It’s also based on much more than just business numbers, but either way the idea of a 2020 PS5 release date is certainly gaining more weight.
So then why is Infinity Ward hiring staff for next-gen products? If you look back to the company’s work on Call of Duty: Ghosts, you saw them release the game on both PS3/Xbox 360 and Xbox One/PS4 – why only sell a game once when, to some people, you could sell it twice?
We expect the same logic is being used here, though we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to know for sure.