Treyarch staffing up for Call of Duty project

Multiple job listings on Santa Monica developer's career portal point to studio crafting new COD entry; this November's game still TBA.

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Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops was a huge blockbuster. The game has sold close to 14 million copies in the United States alone, besting Nintendo's Wii Play to become the top US game of all time by unit sales. Now, it appears the Santa Monica studio is soliciting development recruits for its next Call of Duty project.

The news stems from multiple job listings on Treyarch's career portal page that suggest the California studio is arming up for yet another Call of Duty title. One of the listings is for a gameplay combat designer, whose description rather explicitly confirms the studio is priming the next entry.

"This position reports into the Design Director for the Call of Duty multiplayer team at Treyarch," reads a line from the career description.

Treyarch is recruiting for the next Call of Duty entry.

Additionally, the same job calls for its applicant to "design, develop, and tune game mechanics and features, largely in the area of combat systems (such as weapons and attachments) and gameplay mechanics (such as Perks and spawning)."

Another not-so-subtle hint comes in the form of a listing for a scripter that requires applicants to "be an expert on first-person shooters and trends of the genre."

Further, in May of last year Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia told Computerandvideogames that the developer was now a "100 percent Call of Duty studio." Previously, Treyarch developed various Spider-Man games and the James Bond game Quantum of Solace.

The critically praised Call of Duty: Black Ops was released in November 2010, which would make a November 2012 release likely for Treyarch's next Call of Duty.

As for this November's Call of Duty entry, that game has not yet been announced by publisher Activision. However, it is expected to be a collaborative effort from Activision studios Infinity Ward, Raven Software, and Sledgehammer Games.

Discussion

496 comments
tornado9632
tornado9632

so of your comments are way off because mw2 its better than black ops and the olny good thing about black ops is zombies and double multiplayer thats it people r just hating on mw2 because they suck at mw2

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I don't know or if it is just but didn't they just announced MW3 and now this really now I'm really considering on not buying MW3 I grab battlefield for sure.

CWSoccer07
CWSoccer07

@gbrading, I think COD is at it's peak. MW2 and Black Ops both had multiplayer issues (hacks and lag, respectfully). Both were tolerable, but annoyances none-the-less. If I owned stock in COD, I'd be selling it. COD really became popular with MW, when IW re-wrote the standards for military FPS. WaW kept the train rolling and gathered more steam with Zombies. MW2, brought more variety (as well as imbalances) with all the killstreaks/deathstreaks. Black Ops didn't really bring anything new to the table for multiplayer (thought the SP was the best since MW). Not saying multiplayer isn't fun in Black Ops, but it's the same old stuff, new package. They corrected some imbalances, but nothing new was brought to the gamer. All that said, I'm hesitant to believe IW, Sledgehammer, and Raven will somehow put together a game that brings something new to the table. I hope they will, but it looks like a recipe for disaster (quickly manufactured game from the FPS mill).

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Call of Duty will go on for as long as people keep buying the games. They are still immensely popular, and despite me not playing a Call of Duty game since CoD2, I don't see them stopping any time soon.

Xx_GHoSt141_xX
Xx_GHoSt141_xX

i think bf3 this year Cod just getting boring it pretty much the same every year for $60-70

crossdudu
crossdudu

The CoD franchise is not gonna die anytime soon, but when people realize that every year they pay $60 to play the same game, plus DLCs, it'll end quicker than any other franchise.

jaymib
jaymib

yeah because Black Ops was so good. Just because alot of people buy it, doesn't mean its good. In fact as Treyarch ever made a game that people remember? Think its time to put COD in the old peoples home. Think this year i'll be picking up BF3 instead.

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

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Ricnic67
Ricnic67

@Alex_09 ha ha ha ha ha, you make me laugh, treyarch can get out and leave it to the real pros.

malatato
malatato

if you bought COD4 you don't have anything to ask for

Alex_09
Alex_09

@Ricnic67 Black Ops was a piece of crap BECAUSE of MW2 and West and Zampella. Simple as that. If they had been free to make a real Treyarch Call of Duty game it would have been far better, and more like WaW, which is the most balanced CoD with the best maps hands down.

bumbum1991
bumbum1991

They can't just mix Black Ops with Modern Warfare. Things gonna be wrong.

Thekiteless
Thekiteless

Hate all you want. Consistent success of the Call of Duty kind is good for raising gaming's profile in popular culture.

Ricnic67
Ricnic67

Anyone else miss the REAL infinity ward's CoD? Hoping West and Zampella win that lawsuit so that they can design the true call of duty. Black ops was a piece of crap, you can get out treyarch.

Art3Zero
Art3Zero

@CWSoccer07 Pardon my ignorance and thanks for the update.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Meh. I'll buy MW3 so I can finish the story, after that, ciao COD!

jamerncc1701
jamerncc1701

I love how even though we say were done with call of duty, we still allow them to gross over a billion dollars with every installment. If were going to get mad, we need to mean it.

JohnF111
JohnF111

@L10nH3ArT86 What has Sony done? They are the most lenient of the developers, GT5 was given all the time in the world and Sony were quite happy to give them it, many others say Sony developers are happy working with Sony so from what i have read in interviews and blogs and what have you i'd say Sony are tops to work for. On topic, after the pathetic mess that was Black Ops i seriously hope they replaced every game tester working at Treyarch as they were nothing but a bunch of greedy lazy idiots who should have easily spotted the issues plaguing the game... Treyarch if you read this, get rid of your testers and get good ones who actually work.

L10nH3ArT86
L10nH3ArT86

Wait lets see... (Pulls out a piece of paper and looks it over) My 3 least favorite developers based off of how they treat their workers and customers: 1.Activision 2.Apple 3.Sony Awww crap looks like I'm not buying your game. Oh and to those that continue to play these piles of frag without seeing the real competition... READ A BOOK! READ A BOOK!... you know the rest.

capthappy8p
capthappy8p

@Hurvl yep game production is a business and if they can re wrap a previous released game with some new bells and wistles and make a huge profit, u gonna see them pop out as many of these things as they can get!

idk35
idk35

COD: MW, WAW & MW2 were EPIC!! Black Ops was a let down....the only thing that was good about it was the fact that they brought back Nazi Zombies......if they keep this up i might just go straight to Battlefield full time.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

"WE'VE MILKED HER OF ALL SHE'S GOT CAPTAIN!!! SHE CAN'T TAKE NO MORRRRRRE" It just disgusts me that Activision could care less if this series falls flat on it's behind as long as the money is still comming

emperiox
emperiox

@admund, that's not true! I Thoroughly enjoy the single player campaigns. Also, Black Ops was like MW1 in terms of amazing multiplayer.

admund
admund

Oh great, another CoD by copycats Treyarch. Nothing changed in BO. These develepors can't seem to move on, clinging on to the glory days of CoD4. But thank the industry for DICE and Splash Damage. BF3 & Brink here I come; get lost Treyarch.

LoveSack
LoveSack

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AnonYC
AnonYC

They need another Blockbuster other than Call of Duty, that game needs only one release per two years, perhaps three.

Akijo
Akijo

@punkdsk8erdude I beleive Treyard AND Infinity Ward works 100% on CoD, but I'm not sure.

marioSNAKEeyes
marioSNAKEeyes

man... are you all waiting for about 8-9 months for Battlefield 3 or MW3 to be released to buy a FPS? Crysis 2 is a HUGE game and it's a lot of fresh air. It might be a lesson to ACTIVISION to be creative, because people need fresh air, need to be entertained, this is why they buy games, and not to make ACTIVISION a rich company. On the other side Battlefield series have proven with BFBC 2 to be a yearly risin franchise, and B3 will be an absolutely great shooter. Although I'm getting both games. A MESSAGE TO THE DEVELOPERS AND PUBLISHERS: Don't forget the reason the videogames were created -------> ENTERTAINMENT

organbank
organbank

lol I can just see the ad: Wanted Developer looking for programers with no imagination willing to make yet another generic shooter. Must be an expert at cut and paste scripting. Will pay in bananas so monkeys are welcomed to apply.

91210user
91210user

What? You're asking me to sign up? No thanks, not doing it considering what happen to the creators of Modern Warfare 2.

ash162
ash162

@kavadias 1981 I agree..

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

COD can burn in hell after MW2 i knowed they wont get any better.

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

A new COD? How is this news and/or interesting news?

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

XxxExtremeNJBXx taste subjective? sure... are u still amused by toys from your infancy...not likely so yeah.... there is a discernable range of difference even in games for 14+ or M+ as far as opinions go.... as i recall u start QQing about how people had such a bad opinion of MW...so yeah we all have opinions but u dont seem to like it when i lampoon urs so why bother others about theirs to begin with? ..people in glass houses shouldnt be throwing stones...

Kid2812
Kid2812

So....I gave up on COD since BO was a bag of **** on the PS3

Skull-Fire
Skull-Fire

Great! :D Treyarch do a much better job than Infinity Ward. I'm not saying they're bad, though... just not as good.

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

can't they just stop making their top selling entertainment franchise video game series of all time because you said they should/are ready for a break from it/hate it? i mean, what's wrong with them?

silentkillah
silentkillah

There's something about Treyarch that makes me cringe every time I play it's COD game. I don't like the studio and I don't like the direction it's going. Bring back Infinity Ward, I'm going to Battlefield 3 anyways.

bodamer
bodamer

anyone else miss the real Infinity Ward? Forget about multiplayer for a second because MW1&MW2 had amazing campaigns. Black Ops wasn't bad, but it wasn't on the level of the Modern Warfares.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

wow, if a studio is now "100%" any one series, you know that something is seriously wrong with that franchise and/or studio.

KoRn4all
KoRn4all

people are hypocrites, they keep talk sh!t about COD and in the same time they are the first people standing in lines to be the first one to get the game

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

The guarantee of 2 more Call of Duty's in the next 2 years saddens me, because tens of millions of people will buy whats essentially been the same game since COD4. Meanwhile many great games will be overlooked.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

@CWSoccer07 Glad to see that will be getting rid of Squads in BF3.. Such a stupid concept, you should be able to talk to you're WHOLE team.. Not just 4 members of it.. Especially when you gotta co-op so much for vehicles in BC.. And it's good to see i'am not the only one that thinks Battlefield 3 is going to be the "new" type of FPS that everyone is craving? I know the destructible environments were done in BF1 + BF2 (i loved BF1 SOOO much.. BF2 was alright but i got bored quick) but i think in BF3 is gonna take it to a whole nother level.. Hopefully they go back to making the HUUUUGE maps that BF1 had (not the COD-esque maps on BF2) and bring back the MORTAR gun! lol

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

I know a lot of people hated Black Ops but i thought it was the best in the series.. I liked MW+MW2 but Black Ops just did it all right for me, the meta gaming kept me logging back in and all the stats + you're friends stats at you're finger tips made it easy to compare vrs you're friends and stuff.. Just little things like that that made me enjoy black ops.. I'am bored of it now, i havn't played it in about 2months, but i did play it for a few months straight with my bro (who just moved away so good to keep in touch with him) and my best friend (who i also don't see much so is good playin COD with him too.) I got my $60 worth of that game, i had it since midnight launch.. I can't wait for the next COD Treyarch comes out with.. 'Till then i got Gears 3 to hold me, that + Battlefield are the only other shooters i know for a fact that i'am gonna love, besides COD.. I wasted so many hours on Gears 2 (was in top 100 for guardian for a long time.) Can't wait for #3.

blackace
blackace

TrapMuzik92 Im done with COD. ********************************************************** Me too for the most part. I'm playing Bulletstorm and will get Gears 3 and RAGE, but that's about it for me for FPS this year.

portly_assassin
portly_assassin

Personally I want nothing to do with a game that Treyarch makes the engine for. Their games before they received the COD 4 engine were not good and they have been making the COD 4 engine run worse and worse. Too bad Activision had to kill my favorite franchise.