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Activision shuts Call of Duty mobile developer The Blast Furnace

Pitfall and Call of Duty: Strike Team studio closes its doors

Activision has shuttered the UK mobile studio The Blast Furnace.

The company confirmed the news in a statement to MCV on Thursday, affecting the Leeds-based studio's 47 staff who face redundancy as the publisher continues to "explore options" for them.


"Having explored a range of options, including a potential sale of the business, and consulted with the staff about the options, we have not been able to find a suitable alternative for the talented team in the timescales set by the consultation exercise and have agreed to close The Blast Furnace," an Activision rep said.

"Although we have reached the end of the main consultation exercise we shall continue to work with the leadership team to explore options for these highly skilled individuals within Activision and its related organisations," they added.

"Additionally, we will be offering a number of tools and resources, including outplacement counseling services, to those who are impacted."

The Blast Furnace was founded in 2011, and released Pitfall for mobiles in 2012. The studio was most notably behind the 2013-released Call of Duty: Strike Team for iOS and Android, which represented one of Activision's biggest pushes on smartphones, following the development of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies.