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Black Ops 3 zombies on hold in favor of Sledgehammer

As previously feared, it looks like the highly anticipated Black Ops 3 release date is on hold until 2015. Activision has just sent out word that Sledgehammer Games will be in charge of the Call of Duty 2014 game, and that the company will join Treyarch and Infinity Ward in a three-way developer triangle.

In simpler terms, Black Ops 3 will not release in 2014 which also means that you will have to hold on tight for a new Black Ops 3 zombies experience.

Activision has confirmed the news in their latest financial call, also confirming that Sledgehammer Games will take charge of the next Call of Duty game.

Don’t forget that Sledgehammer were also co-developers on Modern Warfare 3, so they do have experience. Activision seems to be very happy with the studio as well, even having this surprising statement to make:

Bobby Kotick expects “Sledgehammer’s 2014 Call of Duty game to be one of if not the best Call of Duty games ever.”

Unsurprisingly, there were no further details on Sledgehammer’s game in relation to a Call of Duty 2014 release date. It’s obviously refreshing to see Activision confirm that the game is on the way though, so hopefully more details will be coming soon.

What is your reaction to the news that Black Ops 3 is definitely not releasing in 2014? Are you optimistic that Sledgehammer Games can handle making a Call of Duty game this year that could be the very best, in Activision’s words?

Time will tell and obviously the debut Call of Duty 2014 trailer will give us a clearer idea. Give us your reaction to this below. We wonder if Sledgehammer games is planning their own take on zombies, similar in the way in which Infinity Ward has just brought us Extinction mode.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Sergio Valenciano
Sergio Valenciano

well turned out it was one of the worst

kevin
kevin

I didn’t like aw

kevin
kevin

Need to make black ops 3 for ps3 plz

OBEYY
OBEYY

i think that bo3 should have came out im beast at zombies and it came out for aw but they should have kept the zombies for bo2 and sledge hammer had they chance ghost

mg
mg

Sleghammer games dose not need to make it like AW

mike
mike

Well turns out was not black ops 3 it’s advances warfare what’s everything think about that??my opinion is they still need to make a black ops 3 fir my self I just don’t like the warfare setting is all still great game though I do have it

mateo
mateo

i agree ,the only reason i but black ops is because of the zombie maps,the really need to think about doin just a zombie game

Bo5tonian617
Bo5tonian617

Not at all!!! I wish my opinion would matter but it doesn’t. Dnt want another cod that just has new skins and adding some titanfall moves. Wish treyarch would just make a zombies only game cause I would buy that all day!!! Dnt really like MP when zombies is on I am totally addicted and it sux because we get shafted! 1 map per dlc and that’s not enough. Won’t buy Cod AW! Ghosts was horrible with extinction. It was a trial copy to see if ppl would buy it like zombies! I only play zombies!

Phantom
Phantom

this sucks

BobBently
BobBently

no zombies,,, no purchase

ricktofen II
ricktofen II

ZOMBIES should become a stand-alone game, i’ve said that since the original Black Ops. Then they can keep adding to it through the usual DLC. However it would need more structure too it, otherwise it would get boring easily. Matchmaking should match easter egg hunters with each other coz i and many others get sick of ppl whining ” do it this/that way ” just bogoff and let us play however we want too!

WaffLNut

Also I’d like to commemorate on John Connor, I believe your point to be true and I agree with you completely.

WaffLNut

The only real comment that I can address to this is that we all have to give each developer a fair shot. (Look at Treyarch) In all honesty the next Call of Duty could turn out to be garbage, but it’s worth the effort to think it might end up being as good (or better) than ghosts or black ops 2. And to respond to the matter at hand, I am an extremely big fan of zombies, I only bought black ops 2 for the zombies game mode, but in the end, i believe that the choice that Treyarch is… Read more »

John Connor
John Connor

Treyarch should make a zombies game specifically. Having the same futuristic soldier theme would start to taste like warm water.

John Connor
John Connor

Hopefully this gives them time to make their games a whole bunch better for each release. 1 extra year.

BO1 AND BO2 ZOMBIES FAN
BO1 AND BO2 ZOMBIES FAN

Listen COD change this whole thing and let it off for one more year so we can make a “actually black ops game” not some crap not trying to be mean but make another mw3 but not black ops or maybe go back to when we played company of whatever get my point

BO1 AND BO2 ZOMBIES FAN
BO1 AND BO2 ZOMBIES FAN

IF ZOMBIES IS MESSED WITH I WILL RAGGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEE SOOOOOOOOOOO A LOT AND I WANT ALL THE ORIGINAL CHARACTERS BACK FROM BO1 AND BO2 AND FINISH ZOMBIES NOT ADD MORE STUPID THINGS LIKE EXTINCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matthew Gisewite
Matthew Gisewite

Black ops 3 is going to be terrible in all way’s even zombies. Considering that in the campain mason can be dead or alive and in zombies everything was a lie and samatha and another kid were playing “zombies” There can only be one thing that can be done about this though and thats make a whole game based on zombies as in the campain is zombies since you screwed up on the campain in black ops 2 and pretty much screwed of the story line for zombies. Looking forward though to seeing how this will be done but as… Read more »

Jason M Riffe
Jason M Riffe

Bobby Kotick expects “Sledgehammer’s 2014 Call of Duty game to be one of if not the best Call of Duty games ever.” didn’t they say the same exact thing about ghosts?? And that infinity ward was ” The best in the business” let’s face it 90% of cod players have only played infinity wards garbage to pass the time for the next treyarch release as far as sledgehammer is concerned idk its fresh meat so definitely something the cod world needs but at the same time notany people cared for mw3 and what if the things people hated about is… Read more »

Spoiled-Queen Candice Hernande
Spoiled-Queen Candice Hernande

Sucks

Carlos
Carlos

NOOOOOOO. Call of duty 2 and Modern Warfare 2, no Sledgehammers = GOLD, BEST GAMES EVER. MW3 and Ghost, enter Sledgehammers= CRAP, WORST CODS EVER

mikeesty
mikeesty

PlayStation should let us cross platform black ops 2 that way we can play zombies on ps4 that would hold me over till 2015.

gamepatriot
gamepatriot

Sledgehammer helped on MF3 and it was turd, this is just a money scheme for Activision, zombies is the only good thing in the cod series now we have to wait longer because they want more money.. sad.

JackG
JackG

What a load of crap! Zombies all the way!!!

Austino
Austino

Zombies zombies zombie screw any other cod we need black ops 3

Gwyn
Gwyn

Just keep Raven studios away from it! The utter drivel that was Ghosts made me snap the disc in half after only 7 hours.
If memory serves, that was touted to be ‘ one of the best, if not the best CoD yet ‘. Right, and Hitler only invaded Russia to say Hi to Stalin in person.

Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson

hello I think that if they were to make zombies, I would do a future maps and future weapons. keep going into the future and not the past like when they started waw and went to black ops then blacktops 2, it was the 50s and hopefully now in the next year will be future like the year 2125 or just 2070 don’t just go back to the old days, keep it going. biggier maps and objects move, lets say you have a horde of zombies chasing after you and theres a light post or pole, shoot that or take… Read more »

jackstew99
jackstew99

Anyone want to have a game of origins or buried or any map add jackstew99

isaiah
isaiah

I only buy Cod Black ops for zombies …..so since im not the only one that does that why not add more DLC’s to black ops 2 so we wont be so bored …….and ps when Black ops 3 Comes out at least one of the Zombies maps have to top “BURIED” because its the best map yet and i just want to see better

Andre A Silvestri Sr.
Andre A Silvestri Sr.

too add black op2 was kool but i expected more on it cause 1 was so original peace im out

Andre A Silvestri Sr.
Andre A Silvestri Sr.

ghost is a very fun game in my opion 2nd best i ever played next too black ops 1 i like the slide n ghost and the map changn only thing i dislike on ghost is the fact that the helo pilot n chopper cant be shot down without running support kinda dumb not very many secondary choices i k ghost stomps mw3 allthough i loved mw3 face off maps when others didnt im glad bo3 will be awhile gives me time too play my games and n gives them time too improve the multiplayer n zombies that i dont… Read more »

sid
sid

So now we have to wait yet another year to find out what the nav card reader does? This is a load of bull, I only play COD for zombies. If there wont be another BO3, then make more zombie maps to keep us fans happy until next year. Simples.

Abner mcBeardington
Abner mcBeardington

Treyarch should hire a programmer with a degree, there clearly weren’t any working on blops2.

Steve Newland
Steve Newland

ghosts is terrible. having bought an xbox one I’m pretty upset that bo3 won’t be out till after a year of the xbox ones release

zombies4ever
zombies4ever

no bo3, no zombies = this makes me very sad. im a big fan of zombies and only buy the game because of the zombies mode. i hope all zombie fans, who love the mode, will not buy 2014 cod, if it hasnt any survival mode. AND i really hope that zombies will be released in 2015 :(((((((((

zombies4ever
zombies4ever

no bo3, no zombies = this makes me very sad. im a big fan of zombies and only buy the game because of the zombies mode. i hope all zombie fans, who love the mode, will not buy 2014 cod, if it hasnt any survival mode. AND i really hope that zombies will be released in 2015 :(((((((((

Master chief
Master chief

Incoming titanfall… Stand by!

Adam Lipman
Adam Lipman

Seriously Activision? Modern Warfare 3 was the WORST call of duty I have ever played. And now you want the co-creators of that terrible game to stand in the way of one of the only reasons why you have such a large fan base (that being the zombies mode). I swear cod is getting worse and worse every year. The only good cod that I own that doesn’t have zombies is modern warfare 2 because MW3 was utter garbage, and call of duty 3 only has a good campaign mode since the online is crap. And ghosts is so bad… Read more »

master zombie killer
master zombie killer

we want zombiieess please. And new weapons too

asdf
asdf

Disgraceful! I hate all these crappy cods without zombies and now we have to wait even longer for yet ANOTHER company to jump in, meaning waiting TWO years a time for new releases! I dont buy any cod title that doesn’t feature zombies and won’t start now! Extremely dissapointed!

i love zombies
i love zombies

No zombies I won’t buy it or any of my freinds

i love zombies
i love zombies

Infinity ward and sledgehammer should quit making call of duty all together jump off a bridge and let treyarch take over every game treyarch has made is better in every way infinity ward makes the same game over and over and I’m tired of it without zombies you have nothing

Hunter Grassi
Hunter Grassi

I looking forwords for the new zombies maps try to make them better this time no glitches ok its really annoying people that do that. Try to make it like origins again but for the first map it would be a lot better.

bob
bob

this is great idea..this way the game will be on x-box one with better graphic and hopefully put some creative work into the game and make it more exciting especially the zombie maps

James
James

I think this is the best news ever. At lest they’re actually going to take time to work on their game then release one every year. It’s no surprise anyway. They got to figure out the story for zombies and the main story for the game. and from where the zombie story is goin. i feel like there’s going to be A LOT of plot twists.

clevs
clevs

at least now developers will have more time in between to perfect their games

clevs
clevs

hopefully sledgehammer puts in SURVIVAL MODE like MW3.. Treyarch(zombies) Infinity Ward (aliens) Sledgehammer(survival)

AMAZZIENG
AMAZZIENG

this is stupid news, now wait 2 years for zombies? great, awesome and ghost extinction sucks as well, i wonder whats next?

Colton
Colton

This is freaking stupid alot of people don’t like the Mw2 & 3 in my opinion ghost is probably the worst call of duty ever I want zombies! This is ridiculous!!

Mr. Marvelous
Mr. Marvelous

You guys are dumb. Zombies comes out every other year so why you mad? Ops 1 zombies mw3 none ops 2 zombies ghosts none meaning ops 3 zombies. Plus I knew ghosts was gna be crap so I didn’t get it nor ps4. Proly get ps4 when ops 3 comes out.

ooothomasooo
ooothomasooo

Guys, at best this supports your choices to get ps4 and xbox one because Trey’s cod will only be on nex gen. I will dearly miss zombies – still got the others and extinctions storyline to keep ME ALIVE! However I want to see how this turns out. MW3 wasn’t a total wreck but I feel that without IW they might have a better chance.

Mark Coull
Mark Coull

Call of duty is pish anyways!…bring on the mappacks for battlefield 4!!!!

Josh Brown
Josh Brown

MW3 sucked so bad…sledgehammer better bring it and I really don’t want to wait for zombies another year.

Xbox n friends
Xbox n friends

Am I the only one who likes to play 4-player split-screen with there friends and zombies is the most fun to play?So this pissed me cause I just sold my 360 for the One and there is no 4-player ZOMBIES!!!

Wintergreen5000
Wintergreen5000

Sledgehammer better add Zombies in their “best ever COD game”, cause I’m frickin’ pissed by this news…

Zman
Zman

Absolutely pointless buying my ps4!!! I’m really annoyed there’s no zombies to play, you could of at least let us play black ops 1 and 2 on the ps4 with updated graphics etc and maybe a new map or two to soften the blow of the wait come on guys we know you can do it?????

kos a
kos a

No matter what this article says and to be honest its not saying no zombs for 2014 but there will definitely be zombies in 2014 even if sledgehammer makes the game. Whether it will be a separate game or DLC from PSN or part of the COD 2014 game. That I can guarantee you because everyone knows what makes the game sell and what makes the Dev’s money… ZOMBIESSS!!!

kos a
kos a

No matter what this article says and to be honest its not saying no zombs for 2014 but there will definitely be zombies in 2014 even if sledgehammer makes the game. Whether it will be a separate game or DLC from PSN or part of the COD 2014 game. That I can guarantee you because everyone knows what makes the game sell and what makes the Dev’s money… ZOMBIESSS!!!

D
D

I was holding out for zombies, so this is very disappointing. Not really interested otherwise.

Nopz
Nopz

MW2 is the best and probably always will be

jaydot
jaydot

It’s stupid. Zombies are the best thing cod has. People are gonna move on and when they do decide to come back to zombies people will already have moved on

j.john
j.john

Stupid, we have to wait 2 years to play zombies on a ps4, im not gonna buy that crap from sledghammer

Angel Garcia
Angel Garcia

Damn, I wanted some next gen zombies. I enjoyed MW3 but another modern day hi-tech FPS from the COD franchise that flops (ex. Ghosts) could kill COD in my opinion. If we have to wait until 2015 then I hope treyarch releases a zombies only game with a campaign/online survival and grief….And release a standard multiplayer game with league etc.

joseph-evans
joseph-evans

Not buying it !! .. only like playing zombies. now need to wait another year !!! Not good the time it comes out wee people who buy these new console only buy them to play game’s wee like to play so looks like my ps4 will be gathering dust for for 2 years now . Waste of money !!!

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