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Sledgehammer not developing all versions of latest COD

by on05 May 2014

360 & PS3 versions being ported by another studio

We have learned that Activision lead developer Sledgehammer is not developing all the versions of the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Sledgehammer is apparently only focused on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the game. While it is leaving it to another studio to handle the porting of Advanced Warfare to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, much the way Respawn did with the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall, by letting developer Bluepoint Games develop that version.

The tactic of using another studio to handle the development of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of titles that are focused on a next generation console release is something that we expect to be more the norm going forward on the bigger titles. Software developers we have spoken with say that the differences between the previous generation platforms and the new next generation platforms is significant even when you are using a common engine on both. It is difficult to split time between the old and the new and it requires a lot resources to convert and port the product down to the older platforms.

With the news that Sledgehammer isn’t handling the work on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Advanced Warfare, we have to wonder who is? Is seems that many believe it might be none other than High Moon Studios who could be handling the development of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Based on the last Transformers game that they did, it would likely be an excellent choice.

While we know that Activision has not confirmed a new project over at High Moon Studios, we also know that the studio was seeking someone with experience with the Radiant Engine which is the level editor used to create COD maps. The development for the new Transformers move tie-in title Rise of Dark Spark is not being done at High Moon, but instead is being handled by developer Edge of Reality.

High Moon could be the studio assisting Sledgehammer and if this turns out to be correct, we think that this will be an excellent decision leading to first class conversions to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 which means that owners of those systems who have yet to upgrade will have nothing to worry about and get the full experience of Advanced Warfare when it is released.

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Last modified on 05 May 2014
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