According to UK games industry expert, Andy Payne, Activision Leeds is the newest member of the Call Of Duty development family. Speaking with VideoGamer, Payne revealed that the new studio will be heading up development on all Call of Duty “handheld games” going forward. Payne went on to say:
“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.
Activision Leeds was created late last year in November, but until now nobody knew exactly what they were working on beyond the “development of projects based on Activision’s brands.” Payne went on to say that Activision Leeds will be developing “all handheld versions, iOS versions of Call of Duty” going forward, Payne revealed, but he wouldn’t confirm whether or not that extended to the Vita game Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified.
So what does this mean, it’s probably too early to tell. Consolidating development under one studio is a great idea and should assure that the handheld versions of the game remain on par in terms of quality and quantity as their big brothers on consoles.