Call Of Duty: WW2 Studio Is Now Working On Two Games, Planning To Hire 100 People
Sledgehammer Games is ramping up its development capabilities as it works on two games at once.
Call of Duty: WWII developer Sledgehammer Games is ramping up. The studio's COO, Andy Wilson, confirmed in a new interview that the developer is looking to fill 100 positions at its locations around the world as it moves to take on more responsibilities including working on two games at once.
Sledgehammer was founded in 2010 by Dead Space and EA veterans Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, both of whom have since left the studio. With Sledgehammer now entering its second decade of existence, Wilson told VentureBeat that the studio is launching an initiative called "Decade II," and this includes hiring many more people across its offices in California and Australia.
Wilson shared that Sledgehammer has already received more than 2,000 applications for its numerous open roles in its offices in Foster City, California and Melbourne, Australia.
"Sledgehammer Games is entering a period of growth across both of our main studio locations: Foster City, California and Melbourne, Australia. We're now a multi-project studio and we're looking for a substantial number of new team members to join us," Wilson said. "We're looking across every discipline and various levels of seniority. It's a pretty exciting time for our studio."
Sledgehammer currently employs more than 200 people, and it plans to add more than 100 in the next year, Wilson said. The executive added that one of the benefits of Sledgehammer operating in California and Australia is that it allows the developer to be on the clock 24/7, which is required for the types of online, constantly updated games that it makes.
"The launch is really just the start, as games are being played around the clock, it's a great advantage to be able to cover more of the 24-hour cycle for things like live operations and support," he said. "Finally, there’s a certain momentum you gain from having the baton passed constantly between a team in one location finishing their day just as another is winding up for theirs."
Sledgehammer's Melbourne office opened in 2019. It was recently revealed that the Melbourne team also contributed to Call of Duty: Warzone. The studio doesn't have any announced projects at this stage, but you can expect they are working on a new Call of Duty title.
Activision, which owns Sledgehammer, has a number of studios contributing to the Call of Duty franchise. These include Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Raven Software, High Moon Studios, and Beenox, among others.
2020's new Call of Duty is on track to launch later this year, though Activision has yet to confirm which studio is developing it or what the game is. Activision is historically known to announce the year's new Call of Duty instalment in May, but it's unclear if that will happen this year. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.