COD Sledgehammer 2014
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Given above is the first screenshot of the next Call of Duty game that is being developed by Sledgehammer Games. The news comes from an IGN report, which goes on to add that the title will release this fall and that the game has been in development for over three years now.

The title's publisher, Activision, has announced that it will be 'next-gen first', meaning gamers on the Xbox One and PS4 can expect preferential treatment.

Back in early 2013, Activision gave gamers what was thought to be their first look at the next-gen Call of Duty in the form of a few screenshots. However, this later turned out to be Call of Duty: Ghosts which released in November 2013.

Developer Sledgehammer Games released the above image as the title's first in-game image. It was actually revealed as part of a GDC 2014 panel called Quest for Reality: Maximizing the Relationship Between Creative and Production, according to Gamerant.

Gamerant also said in its report that "Activision typically likes to unveil their new Call of Duty iterations during the NBA Playoffs", an event that has just kicked off this past weekend. The game's unveiling usually happens during mid-day, so this means that we might have to wait until the Conference Playoffs or the NBA Finals for that reveal.

COD Ghosts, which came out during late 2013, managed to rake in $1 billion in sales within 24 hours of its debut, and managed to secure the second position behind the bestselling game of 2013, Rockstar's GTA 5.