The Call of Duty franchise has always had a rocky relationship with Nintendo. The platform's player base generally skews younger and Call of Duty has never been something that Mario-lovers are overly concerned with. But, after Phil Spencer recently signed a 10-year deal to bring the shooter to the Nintendo Switch, it turns out that the work might be offloaded to a different team altogether.
YouTube sleuth 'Doctre81' decided to peruse LinkedIn to see just what team would be handling the Nintendo ports of Call of Duty. He found a UX designer job posting for a new Infinity Ward studio based in Austin, Texas.
"What's interesting is the fact that none of these job listings went up until right after Microsoft announced that they would be bringing Call of Duty to Nintendo systems," Doctre81 explains in the video.
It doesn't end there though. The YouTuber points out that even though hiring pages are only just being made public, there are approximately five Nintendo employees and veterans already on the staff at what this job listing calls "New Studio."
So, all signs do indeed point towards this new studio being the one gearing up to port the popular twitch shooter to Nintendo consoles over the next decade. This "new studio" will also coincidentally be located right next to Retro Studios, "a Nintendo game development partner" responsible for Donkey Kong, Metroid, and more.
It remains to be seen what Call of Duty on the Nintendo Switch - or future consoles, for that matter - will look like. Can they make it a cloud-based streaming experience if latency in multiplayer matters? Will there be gyro aiming like in the Wii and Wii U versions of the series?
Maybe Warzone 2.0 will be the first thing we will see, or maybe it'll be whatever 2023 Call of Duty game Activision Blizzard has planned. But, either way, the Nintendo Switch is getting long in the tooth now and there's only so much that can be done with dated hardware.
Next-gen Call of duty alongside launch of the Nintendo Switch 2? We can only hope.