Call of Duty 2014 Title Will Be “Next-Gen First”

Activision wants to make it perfectly clear that the next entry in its popular first-person shooter franchise is being built specifically for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

The new Call of Duty game coming in 2014, developed by Sledgehammer Games, is putting next-gen hardware first, Activision's Eric Hirshberg told IGN.

Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development. Obviously in the console-transition year, anyone who developed a cross-generational game last year had to deal with the fact that the technology of the next-gen platforms was still coming into focus and changing quite a bit during the development process…. Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development.

As for what this might mean for potential PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ports, Activision has yet to comment. That said, there's no way Activision will leave that massive install base off the table.

It'll be interesting to see how the shooter landscape changes this year, especially with the upcoming releases of Destiny and Titanfall.