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Activision to shut Infinity Ward - analyst

Modern Warfare 3 development expected to be handled by two new studios

Activision is likely to close Infinity Ward following the completion of the second Modern Warfare 2 map pack.

That's according to Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey, who predicts that Modern Warfare 3 development will be handled by two other studios.

"Continued defections from their Infinity Ward studio have created meaningful uncertainty around the future of their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise," he said in an investor note.

"We expect Infinity Ward studio will be essentially closed after their next map pack release, with development work on Modern Warfare 3 spread between two studios not historically tied to the franchise."

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Around a quarter of Infinity Ward's 100 or so staff are thought to have departed since early March, while many have reportedly joined ex-Infinity Ward bosses' EA-backed studio, Respawn.

This morning it emerged that 38 current or ex-staff have filed a lawsuit against Activision for breach of contract.

This is the story that just keeps on giving...

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