About this time last year, Activision announced that Sledgehammer’s founders Glenn Schofield and Michael Condrey were leaving their roles at the Call of Duty developer to work on bigger picture initiatives within Activision proper. Later last year, Schofield revealed he was leaving Activision, but Condrey had not publicly exited the company. It appears now that both Sledgehammer founders have left Activision, with Condrey specifically heading to Take-Two’s development branch 2K Games.
Condrey is going back into development after years at Sledgehammer and Visceral Games with a new studio working on an unannounced project for Take-Two.
“Great games come from the passion of a team driven by the pursuit of quality and the empowerment of an independent studio model. 2K’s studios have creative and technical autonomy, backed by a world-class infrastructure of support, and that offers the perfect recipe to build a new studio and craft experiences that will lead the next generation of gaming for fans everywhere,” said Condrey.
After shepherding modern Call of Duty, including WWII, in a number of ways, Condrey is likely a top choice to bring together a new studio to make a large new game. I find it interesting that Take-Two refers to it as a new project but did not necessarily say it would be a new IP.
The name for the new Silicon Valley-based studio has yet to be announced officially.