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Neversoft working on Call of Duty game

Neversoft is assisting with a Call of Duty game, though which game is getting the help remains unclear.

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Neversoft is apparently working on a Call of Duty game, though the developer hasn't said in what capacity. The company behind Guitar Hero and the Tony Hawk games may be pitching in on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, or helping to develop the next iteration of the franchise.

The Neversoft site says it's working "in support of Activision's Call of Duty franchise," which would seem to imply that they're pinch-hitters instead of taking the lead. However, its jobs page calls for open positions on more foundational roles, like "Senior Concept Artist" and "Single Player Design Scripter" for an FPS. Those positions help create the visual look and mission structure of a game, both of which must already be set in stone for Black Ops 2.

Other open positions include animators and level designers for both single- and multiplayer. Neversoft may be helping develop next year's Call of Duty installment instead of Black Ops 2, but without official word from Activision we can't say for certain. Shacknews has contacted Activision and will update as more information becomes available.

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    June 15, 2012 9:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Neversoft working on Call of Duty game.

    Neversoft is assisting with a Call of Duty game, though which game is getting the help remains unclear.

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      June 15, 2012 9:14 AM

      For crying out loud

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      June 15, 2012 9:23 AM

      Haha, what is this, three developers working to churn out the same shit each year now?

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        June 15, 2012 9:25 AM

        Try at least five:

        Infinity Ward
        Treyarch
        Raven
        Sledgehammer
        Neversoft

        Plus there's that Beachhead initiative, though I'm not sure if that turned into an actual studio or what.

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          June 15, 2012 9:36 AM

          It's Raven that really bothers me, should have left them alone to do their own thing. I like their past games

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            June 15, 2012 11:10 AM

            Meh, raven have struggled to do anything besides really average games since hexen 2.

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              June 15, 2012 4:39 PM

              Soldier of Fortune II, Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

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                June 16, 2012 9:03 PM

                Also Heretic II was really good at the time (in a time when third person shooter games like that were rare).

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          June 15, 2012 9:47 AM

          The beachhead never panned out, I believe they were working on a third person addition to the call of duty franchise but it was canceled and scrapped once the whole west and zampella debacle unfolded, they all had to team together to put out mw3. But yah absolutely ridiculous having this many studios working on virtually the same god damn game.

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            June 15, 2012 10:54 AM

            I thought Beachhead was developing and administering CoD:Elite.

            Either way, this "tons of studios on one annualized franchise" strategy seems to be a trend; Ubisoft apparently loves throwing all of its studios at the Assassin's Creed games, judging from the credits roll. AAA games are taking multi-hundred-person teams to develop, which means divide and conquer, since a megastudio might be too cumbersome to build up and trim down after each cycle.

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            June 15, 2012 10:59 AM

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          June 15, 2012 11:10 AM

          Pretty much every Activision studio will be working on CoD soon.

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          June 15, 2012 10:42 PM

          vicarious visions is hiring for an FPS.

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      June 15, 2012 9:27 AM

      Activision announces COD semi-annual release schedule!

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      June 15, 2012 9:29 AM

      Call of Duty: Tony Hawx

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      June 15, 2012 10:47 AM

      Call of Duty: RIDE

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      June 15, 2012 10:48 AM

      ahahahahaha

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      June 15, 2012 10:51 AM

      Back in early 2012, there was the rumbling of Neversoft working on a big unannounced title. Was that cancelled in favor of them making a Call of Duty game, or was that unannounced title a Call of Duty game?

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        June 15, 2012 10:58 AM

        What they need to do is get back to making more proper Tony Hawk pro skater games

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          June 15, 2012 11:05 AM

          Just remake the good ones. Tony Hawk pro skater 1-3 HD.

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            June 15, 2012 11:25 AM

            Robomodo already developed Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, set to release on PSN and XBLA this month.

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          June 15, 2012 11:17 AM

          Project 8 is the last good one, we don't need any more.

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      June 15, 2012 11:12 AM

      CoD hate aside, pretty cool they've managed to adapt to a completely different genre again instead of dying out like so many other studios. Good for them, can't be easy.

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        June 15, 2012 11:17 AM

        Their mocap studio is probably most of what kept them going. Infinity Ward used it to mocap the Call of Duty games, IIRC.

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          June 15, 2012 11:30 AM

          That and support development I guess, until they finished re-shuffling or whatever.

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      June 15, 2012 11:40 AM

      Damn it. I want Gun 2.

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      June 15, 2012 4:49 PM

      You will be able to press A to run and gun automatically if you are like 20 feet from an enemy.

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      June 15, 2012 5:40 PM

      They probably commissioned another studio to give more time to their other CoD studios to work on their games. That way they can still produce a CoD game every year while maintaining the games' quality.

      ^ One of the only users here thinking with logic and reason ^

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      June 15, 2012 10:47 PM

      Steve Watts, having positions open for concept art and level scripters does not indicate if a studio is starting a new game or working on something that has been in development for years. Developers use employees in those positions at all stages of development.

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