Barring any settlement, the Call of Duty lawsuit starring a messy triangle of Activision, former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella, and the pair's new publishing partner EA should reach trial this year or early next.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled this week that there's enough evidence to support fraud claims made by West and Zampella against Activision for a case to go ahead.
The pair allege that, following the launch of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Activision signed them up to improved contract terms that it never intended to honour, and then wrongfully dismissed them shortly before they were due to receive substantial royalty payments. The judge in the case said Activision has a case to answer on these grounds.
In March, a judge also ruled that Activision had provided sufficient facts in a counter suit against West and Zampella - in which it claimed the pair had been secretly negotiating a deal with rival publisher EA - for a case to proceed.