New Yorkshire-based developer to bring franchise to iOS and handheld platforms, claims UKIE chairman

Activision Leeds developing Call of Duty for mobile

Activision Leeds is developing a new Call of Duty mobile game, claims UKIE chairman Andy Payne.

Speaking to VideoGamer, Payne said that the new Yorkshire-based studio would be responsible for all handheld and iOS games in the blockbuster franchise going forward.

He said that some of the assets used throughout the franchise by the likes of Infinity Ward and Treyarch would again be used by the Leeds team for its upcoming titles.

Payne however refused to state whether the mobile studio was working on upcoming Vita game Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified.

"Activision are like a machine," said Payne. "I have to be careful what I say about these guys because I know them so well and they’ll cane me.

"But Activision are a machine. They’re very good, and you know what, what people don’t realise with Activision is, the two studios working on the Call of Duty franchise are collaborative studios. That’s unheard of. All the assets are reusable, so they’re not wasting time.

“The two studios are saying, ‘I need a tank, pull it off from the library’. And those assets are also going to be starting to be used by the mobile team, which is going to be based in Leeds."

Develop revealed in May that Activision had returned to the UK with a new development studio that would be investing in mobile initiatives, with industry trade bodies UKIE and Tiga labelling the move as a “massive vote of confidence”.

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