Activision Leeds has develop into the newest studio to join the Call of Duty family members, in accordance with UK games market expert Andy Payne.
Talking to VideoGamer yesterday, Payne, who’s the chairman of trade physique UKIE, revealed that the new Leeds studio will likely be heading up development on all Call of Duty “handheld games” going forward.
“Activision are like a machine,” said Payne. “I have to be careful what I say about these guys because I know them so well and they’ll cane me.
“But Activision are a machine. They’re very good, and you know what, what people don’t realise with Activision is, the two studios working on the Call of Duty franchise are collaborative studios. That’s unheard of. All the assets are reusable, so they’re not wasting time.
“If we were modelling this [points to VideoGamer's interview set-up], we’d have to build this, build that, takes time, right? Costs money. The two studios are saying, ‘I need a tank, pull it off from the library’. And those assets are also going to be starting to be used by the mobile team, which is going to be based in Leeds.”
Activision Leeds was established in November 2011, nevertheless it wasn’t known what the studio was working on beyond the “development of projects based on Activision’s brands.”
The studio are going to be creating “all handheld versions, iOS versions of Call of Duty” going forward, Payne revealed, but he would not confirm no matter whether or not that extended towards the Vita game Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified.
“They [Activision] kind of always wanted to get the Rockstar team,” he continued, referring to the Rockstar Leeds team behind portable games Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories and Chinatown Wars.
“They wanted some of the Rockstar guys, yeah. Well it’s smart, because Britain’s pretty ahead in mobile programming. We’re pretty good at it. Yet again, we’re good at it but we don’t talk about it too much because we’re British.”
Preceding Call of Duty mobile games, such as Call of Duty: Planet at War Zombies and Black Ops Zombies, had been developed by the London-based Ideaworks Game Studio.
Activision may possibly have got its wish, even though: in accordance with a GamesIndustry report, two ex-Rockstar bosses are also operating with Activision Leeds.
Many studios are recognized to have joined the Call of Duty family in recent months. Last month it was revealed that Guitar Hero developer Neversoft was developing a brand new Call of Duty.
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