Neversoft, the creator of the Tony Hawk series and developer of all latter-day Guitar Hero titles, is now working on yet another of Activision's giant money-maker franchises: Call of Duty. An update on the developer's website states it pretty darn clearly: "We have molded our team into a crack squad of eager developers ready to push the First Person Action genre in support of Activision's Call of Duty franchise."
It's about time, I say. There's a lot of talent at Neversoft. Forget about Guitar Hero; this crew created Tony Hawk and then, over the course of nine games, somehow managed to put an interesting spin on each new entry (to varying degrees of success, admittedly). There hasn't been a Neversoft-developed release since 2010's Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. So yes. About time.
The most obvious possibility is that Neversoft is working on Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, the upcoming PlayStation Vita game that was confirmed in name only at Sony's pre-E3 2012 presser for a release "this holiday." That may well be the case, but it's worth noting that the range of open job listings at the studio suggest that whatever they're working on, it's not going to be ready by "this holiday."
It's certainly possible that Neversoft is working on Declassified as well, and was doing so long before the game's title was revealed at E3. In which case those open positions could then connect to another Call of Duty game.
This is all speculation, however. The only 100 percent confirmed fact is that Neversoft is now a Call of Duty dev. We've reached out to Activision for additional comment and context, but I wouldn't expect too much; Call of Duty reveals tend to live on their own strictly defined schedule.