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Sledgehammer Games sets up new UK studio

Sledgehammer Games sets up new UK studio

One of the developers on Call of Duty, Sledgehammer Games, is opening a brand new studio in the UK.

The venture is being set up in Guildford and is being headed up general manager Liz Wyle (pictured), who has worked at the likes of EA, Codemasters, NaturalMotion, PlayStation Europe and Scopely during her time in the games industry.

Sledgehammer Guildford is going to be working with the studio's San Francisco, Melbourne and Toronto offices in live content for the soon-to-be-released Call of Duty: Vanguard.

"Guildford has a long history of video game development, and as a result, there's a lot of top-tier talent and an existing game dev community there and in the surrounding towns," Wyle said.

"We're also an easy reverse commute in from London, which has a huge talent pool."

Sledgehammer COO Andy Wilson added: "I'm just really excited to bring our studio brand to the UK, along with the incredible franchise we get to work on. It's another opportunity to do our own small part to grow the industry, in a place where there's a huge number of talented developers.

"As we have done in our other locations, we will be looking to build partnerships with schools and universities to help nurture and grow the next generation of talent. It's not just about finding people who already work in the industry, it's about providing pathways for those who are looking to get in. I remember that daunting feeling very well and it makes me happy to be providing opportunity, especially as we emerge from a historic pandemic."

Sledgehammer set up shop in Melbourne back in 2019.

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