The Rumor: While Sledgehammer Games toils away on the next-gen PS4, Xbox One and PC versions on this year’s new Call of Duty game, reports claim that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions have been handed over to High Moon Studios. A job listing for a post at High Moon hints that the studio is “developing a high-profile, first-person shooter for the Xbox 360 and PS3”. Another post calls for an engineer with proficiency in the Radiant Engine, versions of which have long been used for Call of Duty games.
Our Take: High Moon is the studio behind Transformers titles War for Cybertron, Dark of the Moon, and Fall of Cyberton. Those were pretty good, so there’s no concerns over talent. If true, this serves as a good sign that this year’s Call of Duty game will truly be focused on next-gen hardware and the possibilities it offers, and not the half-baked, last-gen touch-up that CoD fans got in 2013.