Developer Infinity Ward, of Call of Duty fame, has announced that it is opening a new development studio in Krakow, Poland.
The Los Angeles-based developer says that the new studio will focus on research and development. Infinity Ward’s Studio Head Dave Stohl said: “We’re building a world-class R&D studio that will tap into the creative local game development culture and talent in Poland.” Principal Rendering Engineer Michal Drobot will lead the new Polish team.
Infinity Ward, formed in 2002, developed the first Call of Duty game in 2003, after the team had previously created the game Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. In 2010, founders Vince Zampella and Jason West left to form the developer Respawn Entertainment, which created the Titanfall games.
Nowadays, three developers (the other two being Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games) share the duties of creating Activision’s Call of Duty games, but Infinity Ward developed Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Given the rotation between the three developers, it’s a fair bet that Infinity Ward’s next Call of Duty game will arrive in 2019.