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Letters from the Front

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( Welcome to a newly written Discussion. I decided to write this in a more conversation-like tone, let me know what you think of the new writing style which I might be inhabiting with  Discussion articles if you leave feedback down below or on Twitter. Cheers!)

Last week, a job listing came from Infinity Ward where Infinity Ward themselves are hiring for a new Call of Duty game set to release in 2019 for next-generation consoles and will have singleplayer attached which is quite interesting given that most people, including myself, think that next generation is happening in 2020 or 2021.

The job listing calls for someone with “a cinematic ear for dialogue pacing,” “A strong desire to bring life to game characters through naturalistic and cinematic implementation of vocal performance,” and “A strong interest and passion for First Person Shooter (FPS) games.” The description also makes mention of working with directors and voice actors to “implement voice-over performances in-game across a wide variety of player experiences—from combat to set-pieces.” as well as this interesting info which most big dotcoms kind of missed. “Come work with the game industry’s brightest on a new, exciting, unannounced title for multiple next generation platforms.”

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The next generation topic is always a hot topic to discuss, some people say that the next generation of hardware is releasing in 2020 which I’m on board with but many people are also saying that the next generation of hardware is releasing in 2019 which I find pretty hard to believe given that the Xbox One X just arrived last year and there’s still plenty of life left within the Playstation 4. I believe that 2020 is the year for next generation consoles but according to Infinity Ward’s recent job listing that probably means that one of them is coming next year which I think could be the Playstation 5.

On the topic of next generation games, it’s always been there and it’s kind of always been a big secret that everyone knows. Cyberpunk 2077 is certainly a next generation game or a cross gen game similar to what we saw in the beginning of this generation, The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield are definitely next generation games but we haven’t seen a job listing for Bethesda Game Studios like we have here with Infinity Ward.

The big takeaway here is that Infinity Ward is hiring for next generation platforms and I don’t think they mean the Xbox One and Playstation 4 given that if that was the case then it wouldn’t be a big deal. The only thing that makes sense is that they’re developing a new Call of Duty as a launch title for the next generation of hardware. I know what you’re thinking, this could mean that they’re developing the new Call of Duty for this generation of hardware but let me stop you right there: Activision back in 2015 announced that each studio will have three years to develop the Call of Duty games so next year is definitely Infinity Ward’s turn on releasing whatever new Call of Duty they have been building for the past three years since Infinite Warfare but it will be for next gen.

I’ve always believed that the next generation consoles are releasing in 2020 given how many years the 360 and PS3 generation lasted but that may not be the case this time around and we would be entering the next generation of hardware next year. It’s very likely that Microsoft and Sony has shared their vision of the future with Infinity Ward and a targeted time frame for the release of their new hardware and I believe it’s the Playstation 5 that is releasing next year and not the next generation Xbox or both; the Xbox One X just released this past November so I don’t think it’s time for whatever Microsoft has in the works for the next generation Xbox. It would be a bit awkward to see that happening.

I think it’s very possible that Playstation 5 is releasing next year and The Last of Us Part II will be the finishing act for Playstation 4, much like the original game was back at the end of the Playstation 3’s life cycle nearly 5 years ago now with games like Death Stranding and Ghost of Tsushima being a next generation to cross generation games. Is it possible that next generation starts next year with the release of the Playstation 5? I think so.

Anyways, are you ready for next generation? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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