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Activision (ATVI) executives claim Call of Duty 2021 is 'being built for next-gen'

Sledgehammer Games' upcoming Call of Duty will prioritize next-gen in its campaign, multiplayer, and co-op modes, claimed Activision.


As the development and announcement of the latest games continues into 2021, we are starting to see more and more AAA franchises making the decision as to whether or not they will continue to make games for the previous systems or move full-on into new console hardware. The latest franchise approaching that matter seems to be Call of Duty. As Sledgehammer Games readies for the next Call of Duty in 2021, Activision executives claimed its various modes are being built specifically for the next-gen system.

Activision hosted its Q1 2021 financial earnings conference call alongside its earnings report on May 4, 2021. Throughout the call, CEO Bobby Kotick and further Activision executives spoke to the success and future planning for various company matters, including its focus on finding and retaining dev talent on its various development houses and IPs. A noteworthy part of that was the talk of development on Call of Duty 2021 (reportedly called Call of Duty WW2: Vanguard) being handled by Sledgehammer Games. According to those present on the call, the game’s campaign, multiplayer, and co-op modes are “being built for next-gen.”

The possibility of Call of Duty 2021 being released on current-gen systems like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One wasn’t overtly pulled off the table during the call, but Activision and Sledgehammer’s decision to focus on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 would indeed fall in line with various other franchises going the same route. With Battlefield 6, EA and DICE have all-but confirmed that it will focus on next-gen systems to best utilize the features they are preparing for the game. With Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War already taxing on current gen with 150GB file sizes, it seems Activision wants to focus the franchises energy where the company thinks it will perform best.

With that in mind, we’ll wait to see if Activision Blizzard officially takes PS4 and Xbox One versions of Call of Duty 2021 off the table. Either way, we likely won’t be waiting long to find out if the game truly focuses in on next-gen as the year carries on and Sledgehammer continues to prepare the franchise’s latest effort. For more on Activision Blizzard's Q1 2021 financial results, check out the highlights of the report here at Shacknews.

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      May 4, 2021 3:30 PM

      Next gen? So like PS 6?

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        May 4, 2021 3:35 PM

        I thought the new Xbox and PS5 were usually referred to as "next gen?"

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          May 4, 2021 3:35 PM

          Not anymore, that would be dumb. They are current gen.

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            May 4, 2021 6:12 PM

            oh pls, you know how this works

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              May 4, 2021 6:17 PM

              Hey man, I'm fighting the good fight. Almost 7 years ago, same thing...Who is causing this stupidity?

              PS5 is current gen.


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                May 4, 2021 11:46 PM

                Whatever the new switch is, at least we know it’s next gen.

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                  May 5, 2021 4:30 AM

                  Until it's on sale, then it's current gen.

                  PS5 you can go and buy in stores (shortages don't count). By definition that's current gen.

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                    May 5, 2021 4:38 AM

                    There isn't just a "shortage" of PS5. It's literally been completely unavailable, anywhere, for over a month now. So, for most people, it's still a next-gen system that cannot be acquired even if you wanted to.

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                      May 5, 2021 4:57 AM

                      Nah, that's kind of a ridiculous argument. Publishers have used the term next gen for consoles years past their launch because it sounds sexy or whatever. It's also still wrong - regardless of how hard it is to get a PS5, it's not around the corner, people own it.

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                        May 5, 2021 5:16 AM

                        No Activision are building it for all the ps5s that haven't been sold yet, they're different.

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                        May 5, 2021 5:28 AM

                        Well you're a ridiculous argument!

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      May 4, 2021 3:36 PM

      I’m sure they’ll make their next gen warzone store that sells tonedeaf pandery bullshit gunskins is super high tech.

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      May 4, 2021 3:51 PM

      “Still uses quake 1 code”

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        May 4, 2021 11:05 PM

        Timeless code.

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        May 5, 2021 4:22 AM

        Same for all the source engine games from valve, respawn and others.

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        May 5, 2021 8:38 AM

        Quake 3, but yeah.

        I wonder if id still gets paid for that. I mean by now surely everything has been rewritten a half dozen times and the original code's probably long gone, Ship of Theseus style, but that might not matter.

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      May 5, 2021 4:17 AM

      The possibility of Call of Duty 2021 being released on current-gen systems like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One wasn’t overtly pulled off the table

      Here we go again. Another generation totally hamstrung by needing to support the old generation also.

      I mean, I get it from a business perspective. The installed consumer base is much, much larger on the old shit. But as a gamer it's disappointing seeing all that energy go to supporting it.

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        May 5, 2021 4:52 AM

        It's just a Call of Duty game. I dont think they have ever pushed the capabilities of the hardware.

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