Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has lavished praise on Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward, claiming the studio is still one of the world's best despite major problems earlier this year.
"I will say that the Infinity Ward that I'm meeting with today is one of the most talented developers in the world," he told IndustryGamers.
"There's still a lot of talent and a lot of vision inside that studio, and if I had just woken up from a coma and never read a press release about Infinity Ward and just gone to my meetings with them, I would have walked out and said, 'those guys are the real deal'."
Hirshberg was also keen to compliment Treyarch, developer of this year's record breaking Call of Duty: Black Ops.
"Treyarch is of course going to remain a centerpiece of our efforts on Call of Duty, and they have been. From the beginning, they've been contributing. I think that they've broke through to another level with this game.
"I think that they really just put their head down, tuned out the noise, and got to a pretty elite level in terms of the game that they've delivered here. They will, of course, figure prominently into our future plans and management of the franchise."