Call of Duty: WWII developer Sledgehammer Games is ramping up. The studio’s COO, Andy Wilson, confirmed during a new interview that the developer is looking to fill 100 positions at its locations around the world because it moves to require more responsibilities including performing on two games directly.
Sledgehammer was founded in 2010 by Dead Space and EA veterans Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, both of whom have since left the studio. With Sledgehammer now entering its second decade of existence, Wilson told VentureBeat that the studio is launching an initiative called “Decade II,” and this includes hiring more people across its offices in California and Australia.
Wilson shared that Sledgehammer has already received quite 2,000 applications for its numerous open roles in its offices in Foster City, California, and Melbourne, Australia.
“Sledgehammer Games is entering a period of growth across both of our main studio locations: Foster City, California, and Melbourne, Australia. We’re now a multi-project studio and we’re trying to find a considerable number of latest team members to hitch us,” Wilson said. “We’re looking across every discipline and various levels of seniority. it is a pretty exciting time for our studio.”
Sledgehammer currently employs quite 200 people, and it plans to feature quite 100 within the next year, Wilson said. the chief added that one among the advantages of Sledgehammer operating in California and Australia is that it allows the developer to get on the clock 24/7, which is required for the kinds of online, constantly updated games that it makes.
“The launch is basically just the beginning, as games are being played round the clock, it is a great advantage to be ready to cover more of the 24-hour cycle for things like live operations and support,” he said. “Finally, there’s a particular momentum you gain from having the baton passed constantly between a team in one location finishing their day even as another is completing for theirs.”
Sledgehammer’s Melbourne office opened in 2019. it had been recently revealed that the Melbourne team also contributed to Call of Duty: Warzone. The studio doesn’t have any announced projects at this stage, but you’ll expect they’re performing on a replacement Call of Duty title.
Activision, which owns Sledgehammer, features a number of studios contributing to the decision of Duty franchise. These include Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Raven Software, High Moon Studios, and Beenox, among others.
2020’s new Call of Duty is on target to launch later this year, though Activision has yet to verify which studio is developing it or what the sport is. Activision is historically known to announce the year’s new Call of Duty installment in May, but it’s unclear if which will happen this year.
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