Call Of Duty games will now be developed over a two year period, with one of three different studios releasing a new title in the series each year.
Sledgehammer Games, which previously worked on Modern Warfare 3 alongside Infinity Ward, has been added to the rotation and will release their first full Call Of Duty title this fall. Previously, Infinity Ward and Treyarch bi-annually each released an entry in the series. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says Sledgehammer’s 2014 Call of Duty game is what he expects to be “one of if not the best” Call of Duty games ever. No further details have been released on the title as of yet.
Activision says the move is to give each team more time to deliver a quality experience. While this has likely been the plan for quite a while, it's announcement comes when the Call Of Duty franchise is facing increased critisism over it's quality and increased competition from titles like Battlefield and newcomer Titanfall, from a group of ex-Call Of Duty devs.
Personally, I really enjoyed Black Ops II, but disliked Ghosts. I'm excited to see what Treyarch will have to show for their Black Ops II follow up in fall 2015.