Infinity Ward will become the exclusive developer of the Call of Duty franchise following the release of Treyarch-developed CoD5, a former Activision employee has told Next-Gen.
Next-Gen learned from an ex-Activision Underground employee on Monday that Infinity Ward, developer of November's CoD4, recently prompted a renegotiation of its contract with parent Activision so that the studio would be the sole developer of the FPS series.
Treyarch will still be the developer behind the upcoming CoD5.
The renegotiation of the contract between Activision and Infinity Ward is also linked to the shuttering of the 45-person Foster City, Calif.-based studio, Activision Underground, said our source, who wished to remain anonymous.
Underground was working on two projects - a port of Quake Wars (described as "late and over-budget" by our source) and a new CoD game.
But the new CoD game wasn't going to be an FPS like previous franchise entries, rather a third-person action-adventure game spin-off that would also become a yearly franchise on top of the original FPS-style series.
However, with the renegotiation of the contract with star studio Infinity Ward, no other Activision studio is able to develop any CoD-branded game. This effectively canned Underground's CoD adventure spin-off.
Activision confirmed that Underground will be completely shut down by the end of May.
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