Call Of Duty Dev Hiring For Next-Gen Shooter
Infinity Ward, the Activision studio behind the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, as well as Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, is hiring a narrative scripter to work on a game being developed for "multiple next-gen platforms." While the game isn't mentioned by name, given the studio's history, a Call of Duty title for the next iterations of the PlayStation and Xbox seems like a safe bet.
A job listing on Selectminds, a recruitment portal used by Activision, states what the successful candidate will be tasked with and the ideal qualifications. Although these don't provide further insight into the project, they do line up with what most people would expect out of a Call of Duty title.
The listing says the candidate will have to "collaborate with scripters, sound designers, writers, and directors to implement voice-over performances in-game across a wide variety of player experiences--from combat to set-pieces." Among other qualifications, this person will need to have "strong interest and passion for First Person Shooter (FPS) games" and a "broad understanding of both multiplayer and single-player game design."
2018's entry in the yearly first-person shooter franchise is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which is being developed by Treyarch. Activision has not provided any indication of its plans for the series beyond this game. There are currently three studios developing Call of Duty titles: Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Treyarch. Since 2017's Call of Duty: WWII was handled by Sledgehammer, and Black Ops 4 is Treyarch, that would mean that 2019's title should be from Infinity Ward.
It is unlikely that the "next gen" game Infinity Ward is recruiting for will be available in 2019, as Sony and Microsoft have not indicated they will have new platforms available next year. At E3 2018, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said Microsoft is in the early stages of creating the next Xbox consoles. Sony, meanwhile, has indicated PS5 will arrive in 2021 at the earliest.
Of course, Infinity Ward could reveal a new intellectual property, but given that Call of Duty: WWII's impressive sales showed the series is still a money-making powerhouse, that would be a surprise.
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