It turns out Activision is closing its 'Call of Duty' mobile studio, The Blast Furnace

by Mike Rougeau

March 27 2014

Activision admitted that The Blast Furnace was in trouble in February, and now the publisher has announced that it will indeed shut down by the end of March.

The Blast Furnace is a UK studio that has developed smartphone and tablet games in the Pitfall, Wipeout, and Call of Duty series, including last year's Call of Duty: Strike Force. Activision said in February that its future was in question.

"Our preference would be to keep the talented group of employees at The Blast Furnace together and develop a plan that would enable them to remain as a team," Activision said in a statement at the time.

Now that the studio is confirmed to be closing it's unclear what will actually happen to its employees, as Activision as divulged few further details.

"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," Activision said in a more recent statement. "Additionally, we will be offering a number of tools and resources, including outplacement counselling services, to those who are impacted."

In terms of games one has to wonder who now will handle Call of Duty on mobile—or if it will be handled at all. (Via MCV)

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