Neversoft, the developer behind the Tony Hawk series, announced that it will be tied to an upcoming Call of Duty release.
We have molded our team into a cracked squad of eager developers ready to push the First Person Action genre in support of Activision's Call of Duty franchise, reads the company's official website.
It is unclear if Neversoft will actually be creating content for the game or if it is simply providing development support for Black Ops 2. However, there were some previous indications that the studio would be working on a first-person shooter. In September 2011, Gamerzines noted that Neversoft was seeking new additions to their team to assist in a first-person shooter project.
On the official Neversoft website, each job listing offered contains the acronym FPS after it, signifying that the work will be for a first-person shooter. These positions include Senior Level Designer, Single Player Design, Senior Concept Artist, Master Technical Animator, Lead Multiplayer Level Developer and more.
The Call of Duty games have been developed by Infinity Ward and Treyarch recently, with online content handled by a different studio. There are two Call of Duty titles currently in production: one is the sequel to the 2010 release which will be Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and the other is for the PlayStation Vita called Black Ops: Declassified. It is unclear if Neversoft will be working on the Black Ops sequel, Vita edition, or both games.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 was recently referred to as the most shocking installment of the series yet by director David Anthony, according to CVG. The upcoming title will take place in a post-apocalyptic war-town Los Angeles of the future, and was unveiled at the beginning of May.
Obviously I can't give anything away, but I can tell you, absolutely, that 'Black Ops 2' is going to be the most proactive, shocking, engaging story that a 'Call of Duty' player has ever seen, Anthony told CVG. I am very, very proud of how hard the team has worked and how the game has turned out, and I can't wait for the fans to get hold of this thing.
Black Ops: Declassified was recently unveiled during Sony's keynote at E3 2012, and could generate a buzz for the PS Vita during the holiday season.
Neversoft, which is owned by Activision Blizzard, is widely known for their work on the Tony Hawk series and has also spent time on the Guitar Hero franchise. This will be the first time Neversoft is affiliated with a first-person shooter. Other than the Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk games, the company has worked on a third-person shooter games such as Apocalypse, Gun and MDK. Neversoft was also behind the action-adventure Spider-Man game that was released in 2000.