Sledgehammer Aiming to Make Best Call of Duty Yet

 Pages 1 2 NEXT
 

Sledgehammer Aiming to Make Best Call of Duty Yet

image

Online job listings reveal Sledgehammer's ambitious agenda.

Fledging studio Sledgehammer has never made a Call of Duty game before - or indeed, any game at all - but that isn't stopping it from aiming high. Simply put, its goal is nothing short of creating the very best Call of Duty ever made, at least in terms of review scores.

Sledgehammer revealed this little tidbit of information in a number of online job listings for the studio. Of the thirteen positions available, only three make any mention of review scores, but each makes it pretty clear that Sledgehammer is looking to make a game that gets a Metacritic score of 95 or better. It seems likely that this is blue-sky thinking, rather than a genuine goal, as the highest Metacritic score for any of the Call of the Duty is 94, jointly held by the Modern Warfare 1 and 2, and it's hard to imagine a studio beating the best that series has produced so far on its first try.

As yet, we don't know anything about the game that Sledgehammer is making, aside from the fact that it's definitely an FPS, and definitely a Call of Duty game. There have been rumors that it might include space marines, or that it could be Modern Warfare 3, which some think Sledgehammer might make by itself, while others think it will be a team effort from Sledgehammer, Infinity Ward, and Raven Software. Whatever the truth of the matter is, it's encouraging that Sledgehammer is striving to make an excellent game. It's a shame that that level of excellence comes with a particular number attached to it, but there's not much that anyone can do about that.

Source: CVG

Permalink

Give the new kids a shot!
They might actually create something non-mediocre in a CoD game!
I am for this 110%

i just want a cod game were the weapons are balanced, and a smg isnt the most overpowered weapon on the battlefield with zero recoil =/

They have a lot to do then to impress me.

I consider the first Modern Warfare to be the best CoD and one of the best games I've ever played. I don't doubt Sledgehammer ability to make a good CoD game, but its going to be tough to surpass MW.

For a moment I was all excited there:
image
Trust me. I know what I'm doing.

Hm, well...

Judging by how much hate Call of Duty gets, I don't think it's possible. The multiplayer aspect will be too overpowered, or too underpowered. Quick scoping will either be in, or sniping will be totally useless. Killstreaks will either be too strong, or not strong enough. Perks will be lame, or game breakers.
Single player will suffer from horrible AI, or AI that plays the game entirely without you. The story will either be too cliche, or completely unbelievable. The characters will all be too tough and only emotionless meat bags, or have personalities that are grating on the nerves because they make jokes and try to lighten the mode. So yeah...

I will be picking this game up as soon as I can and adding it to my Call of Duty collection right away though, whether it lives up to everyone's expectations or not. It would be nice if it managed to beat the other ones.

Since they're newcomers, I'll give them a shot. But if they screw this up then the sword comes down (incredibly obscure reference.)

I applaud the studio for wanting to develop a high quality game. Sure, shoot for the stars. The trouble is, we heard similar rhetoric before. The Activision PR fired up a few months before Black Ops came out, saying saying it was the best CoD to date. Depsite what people believe about whether that is true, I think there is a real risk of people seeing through this marketing strategy.

TimeLord:
Give the new kids a shot!
They might actually create something non-mediocre in a CoD game!
I am for this 110%

Activision is still on the reals man. Tough luck, I say Doo-Doo on this project. Especially since it's aiming for some score on Metacritic. Just bribe enough people and see how it goes. Really.

all i can say is good luck. but if they fail (which is likely) im gonna laugh till it hurts

WorldCritic:
Since they're newcomers, I'll give them a shot. But if they screw this up then the sword comes down (incredibly obscure reference.)

Is you're reference to the Sword of Damocles? cause if it, it's not as obscure as you think it is.

Swny Nerdgasm:

WorldCritic:
Since they're newcomers, I'll give them a shot. But if they screw this up then the sword comes down (incredibly obscure reference.)

Is you're reference to the Sword of Damocles? cause if it, it's not as obscure as you think it is.

Yeah that's what I was referring to. For whatever reason though a lot of people have no idea what it is.

silverbullet1989:
i just want a cod game were the weapons are balanced, and a smg isnt the most overpowered weapon on the battlefield with zero recoil =/

It's never all the SMGs, there's always just one. The Mp40s, UMPs, and Ak-74us of the world may be hideously unbalanced, but the rest of them are downright under-powered.

Well, we'll see. I doubt they can top cod4, but I don't think anyone short of DICE can make a worse cod4 knockoff then treyarch did in the last installment, so hey, lot's of room for improvement.

Sledgehammer now?

Wow, CoD gets around a bit...

Well that's good.

If they had come out saying 'Yeah, we want to make a game not quite as good as the predecessors' I would have been quite worried.

they should spice things up a RPG Call of Duty now that would be something

Kasurami:
Well that's good.

If they had come out saying 'Yeah, we want to make a game not quite as good as the predecessors' I would have been quite worried.

Yeah, it'd be like a band saying "well, this album isn't as good as our last, don't bother buying it."

Good luck to them, I hope they bring something fresh and exciting to the CoD franchise.

We need NEW people in the industry. 2010 was already a year of sequels..
I dont need a Tomb Raider 2531.. amaze me! Even if its an abomination like Supreme Commander 2 (which I liked since it was a completely fresh approach to RTS).

raxiv:

I dont need a Tomb Raider 2531.. amaze me! Even if its an abomination like Supreme Commander 2 (which I liked since it was a completely fresh approach to RTS).

How was it a fresh approach when the main reason it was terrible was because it took concepts from other RTS and incorporated them into the final product? I mean, set, physical resources, the standard upgrade system, and limited unit types are all concepts common in other RTS, but not the original Supreme Commander. The only 'fresh' approach they did was by attempting to design the game for both PC and Xbox 360 at the same time, which actually resulted in a lot of the bad design choices.

Blind Sight:

raxiv:

I dont need a Tomb Raider 2531.. amaze me! Even if its an abomination like Supreme Commander 2 (which I liked since it was a completely fresh approach to RTS).

How was it a fresh approach when the main reason it was terrible was because it took concepts from other RTS and incorporated them into the final product? I mean, set, physical resources, the standard upgrade system, and limited unit types are all concepts common in other RTS, but not the original Supreme Commander. The only 'fresh' approach they did was by attempting to design the game for both PC and Xbox 360 at the same time, which actually resulted in a lot of the bad design choices.

The story telling and game design "straight" from an JRPG was new! :) (which is what I am mainly refering to, it made the whole thing fresh) No, really it felt more like a JRPG than an RTS at times :|

All they need to do for my love is to make pro perks not reset on prestige and to actually give me a selection of weapons that are actually interesting/ useful. I don't need a small selection of guns like in BOPs and an even smaller selection of guns that can actually hold their own in a firefight.

Yeah no.
I really doubt that they'll actually be able to beat out Modern Warfare 1 and 2 on their first attempt.

No offense and all that, but those two are phenomenal games.

Wow. I bet Treyarch set out for a much more mediocre goal with Black Ops. Honestly, shouldn't EVERY developer be looking to make the best game possible?

But more realistically, if they simply bring out the same-old, same-old, then they'll still sell a ton of copies, but if they want something interesting and unique, they need something that's similar to what's familiar, but still different.

Why not multiplayer variations on the tactical combat of MW2 Special Ops? A squad of four, one in an AC130, versus eight randomly respawning enemies that are trying to stop them from reaching their goal. Two stealth soldiers are trying to reach a specific target, but the defenders don't know where that target is, and don't know where the stealth soldiers begin.

Just a little thought could make Call of Duty more than a simple killstreak-fest.

I'd only be interested if it would turn out like a REAL co-operative game play, where squads means more than "everyone be the gunman and scatter" which is such a really fucking likely scenario for every FPS so far.

Forget it, I'm not touching a single Activision game anymore.

Tharwen:
Sledgehammer now?

Wow, CoD gets around a bit...

Yeah, it's the Video Game franchise bicycle...

vrbtny:

Tharwen:
Sledgehammer now?

Wow, CoD gets around a bit...

Yeah, it's the Video Game franchise bicycle...

I loled

I hope sledgehammer do well and bring something new to a franchise that hasn't been interesting to me since 2007 yet still releasing 3 games since then.

I did like Nazi Zombies but that was more of a mini game and still wasn't that interesting.

Karratti:

Just a little thought could make Call of Duty more than a simple killstreak-fest.

I second this.

Rednog:
All they need to do for my love is to make pro perks not reset on prestige and to actually give me a selection of weapons that are actually interesting/ useful. I don't need a small selection of guns like in BOPs and an even smaller selection of guns that can actually hold their own in a firefight.

But that's the thing, whenever games have a large weapon set they still only have a few guns that are worth using. In a class based shooter like CoD that is more harmful from a depth perspective than in a game like Halo.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE have it working on PC from day one. Do this and I will love you guys forever. Oh and make it good of course.

Bugger. This shows how long it will be until the next Call of Duty. I'm sort of getting over Black Ops fairly quickly. Hopefully the map pack (coming to the PC in March) will breath new life to the game.

Aim high!ish!

i wish them the best of luck and hope they do make the best. Since Cod4 i haven't liked any of them :(

Eh, as long as it changes the formula up a bit, I'll be happy.

Wait so are they working under Activision on the actual CoD or is this their own "modern shooter" attempt?
Or are they the replacement for Infinity Ward?

Anyway I wish them the best of luck, but there was no shortage of such ambitious companies going "oh I can do that better", and most of them go down quick when reality strikes, just hope these guys keep that in mind.

 Pages 1 2 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here