Another year means eventually Activision will announced another entry in its Call of Duty series, probably right around the time the NBA Playoffs start. You could practically set your watch to how perfectly timed the reveal has been for the past few years. While a new Call of Duty being announced won't be all that surprising, you might be interested to hear who's behind the next entry.

Typically, Infinity Ward and Treyarch alternate releases every year. This has been the case since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: World at War first kicked off the annual swap. Over the years, it became increasingly more challenging for the studios to finish an entirely new Call of Duty experience on their own, so studios like Neversoft and Sledgehammer Games were brought in to assist with title like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Now it appears Sledgehammer is ready to strike off on its own for a new next generation Call of Duty title.

Now Gamer spotted ten new job listings over at Sledgehammer, including artists, engineers, level designers and more. As per the descriptions, all of the openings are to assist the developer in finishing up a next-gen Call of Duty. This isn't the first time we've heard rumblings about Sledgehammer taking on a next generation entry for the series, but it is the first time we're seeing Sledgehammer all by its lonesome when it comes to development. Now it could just be that Treyarch (the dev slated to release the 2014 entry) is working on the next Call of Duty, be it a Black Ops 3 or something entirely new, and Sledgehammer is assisting once again. Until that April/May window during the NBA Playoffs and before E3 2014 opens, we won't know for sure.