The speculation about Sledgehammer Games developing the next Call of Duty title is no longer speculation, according to a listing on Gamasutra. The website has a listing for the developer soliciting a community manager position, which reads:
"Would you like the chance to build and drive the studio community management effort for Sledgehammer and the next Call of Duty game? If so then we want to hear from you!"
With this kind of confirmation in place now, the only thing left to wonder is whether or not the Call of Duty title will be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2. A comment made by Glen Schofield of Sledgehammer Games does make it seem more and more likely that the 2011 CoD title will, in fact, be Modern Warfare 3.
"Working w/ military guys - their stories will blow you away. Names/locations will change but some situations going in the game - real stuff!"
A statement like that might start making the rumor of the Sledgehammer-developed Call of Duty taking place in the future exactly that, a rumor. You can't outright discard the possibility completely until the official announcement comes out, possibly at E3 this year. You also can't count out the possibility of MW3 being a prequel, showcasing the escapades of the Task Force 141 member, Ghost. Schofield's comment may seem like they're using real-life missions as a basis for the character's development and his rise through the ranks.
No doubt that any Call of Duty game will be one of the most anticipated titles of this year or any other, especially with the record-breaking sales from Black Ops, a game made by a studio whom wasn't known for creating top notch Call of Duty games before. Sledgehammer was formed from members of Visceral Studios (Dead Space) and they have proven they are capable of making a critically acclaimed epic.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 looks like it's coming out in 2011, undoubtedly for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.