by Ammaar Reshi
July 7, 2012
United Kingdom games industry expert, Andy Payne revealed that Activision's latest studio is going to work on Call of Duty Mobile. Activision Leeds is the latest studio to become involved in the development of Call of Duty games and is said to be working on handheld games only. Speaking to VideoGamer, when asked about Activision, Payne had this to say:
"Activision are (sic) like a machine," [...] "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 (sic) a machine. They're very good, and you know what, what people don't realise (sic) 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.He also spoke about U.K. based studios, and how they were responsible for some of the best mobile games today, in particular, he was referring to the Rockstar team behind Grand Theft Auto games for iOS and Playstation Portable:
"They wanted some of the Rockstar guys, yeah. Well it's smart, because Britain's pretty ahead in mobile programming. We're pretty good at it. Yet again, we're good at it but we don't talk about it too much because we're British."However, it is to be noted that both Call of Duty: World At War Zombies and Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies were also developed by London based studio, Ideaworks. Payne did not reveal much about the title, but confirmed that the studio is going to develop "all handheld versions, iOS versions of Call of Duty." This is exciting news for any fan of the hit first person shooter. After all, Call of Duty has probably reinvented online first person shooters. The iOS titles have both been ports of a small mini-game present in Call of Duty console titles. Yet, they still retain console quality gameplay and graphics. With Gameloft currently offering the best first person shooters in the App Store (Rainbow Six and the Modern Combat series) it would be wise for Activision to step it up. A fully featured Call of Duty title, like the one on the Playstation Vita, would be a fantastic addition to the App Store.
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