As we near the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 many Call of Duty fans won’t just be looking forward to Treyarch’s latest, pseudo-futuristic shooter, they will also be keeping one eye on fellow COD developer Infinity Ward. While Black Ops 2 marks one of the last known quantities for the hugely popular franchise, it’s the unknown that intrigues us even more.

According to a resume listing by an Infinity Ward team member, who we expect to be working on a new Call of Duty as we speak, the developer isn’t just working on a new title, they’re working on a title for the next-gen. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the next Call of Duty will be a next-gen game, but it suggests the game might be available on next-gen consoles.

The posting from Modern Warfare 3 Engineer, Andrew Aye, claims he is currently working on an unannounced title that will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PCs with Direct X11 support and TBA platforms. Could be a Vita port, but that’s far less intriguing.

The assumption had always been that at some point these annual franchises were going to have split, much in the same way franchises did back when the Xbox 360 launched. Those games were being developed with all consoles (next-gen and current gen) in mind, and the next-gen version was going to be superior, but not as superior as it could be.

Our guess is that a very similar situation is at play with Infinity Ward; they’re trying to update the franchise, giving that very old engine a much-needed overhaul, but also they don’t want to alienate any gamers. And who knows when Microsoft and Sony do actually plan to have their next-gen consoles available to the public. Sony seems to be looking towards 2014 as the earliest they might release the PS4, and Microsoft is just keeping quiet.

Regardless it’s still very early to begin talking about the next Call of Duty, especially since Black Ops 2 hasn’t even released to record-breaking numbers, but the prospect of a next-gen title from Infinity Ward definitely has our interest piqued.

Will next year’s Call of Duty be the one that takes the franchise in a new direction? What are your hopes for a next-gen entry in the franchise?

Source: Andrew Aye