Activision has announced that Infinity Ward will head development on this year’s Call of Duty title, news that had been widely anticipated but remained unconfirmed until now.
In 2014, Activision revealed that it had transitioned Call of Duty onto a new three-year development cycle, with Sledgehammer Game’s Advanced Warfare marking the first release under the new scheme. Previously, the series had been split between Infinity Ward and Treyarch, with each studio allowed two years of development time. Given that the last game released before the change was Infinity Ward’s Ghosts, the prevailing assumption was that the it would be the one helming 2016’s Call of Duty release, but the publisher had not made any official announcement to that effect.
The popular toys-to-life franchise Skylanders will also see a continuation in 2016, according to an announcement from the publisher. The next title is developed by Toys for Bob, unlike the previous installment Skylanders SuperChargers which was handled by Vicarious Visions and Beenox.
Activision also confirmed that Guitar Hero will not be seeing a new installment in 2016, in line with pre-launch statements about the latest release, Guitar Hero Live. In lieu of a sequel, Live game will continue to receive new content throughout the year.