Activision today announced that The Blast Furnace studio will be shut down at the end of this month. The Blast Furnace was responsible for creating mobile games, notably Call of Duty Strike Team for mobile devices.
“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 spokesperson told MCV.
“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.”
“Additionally, we will be offering a number of tools and resources, including outplacement counselling services, to those who are impacted.”
“We would like to note that The Blast Furnace has been a great partner to Activision and we thank them for all of their efforts.”
“The UK remains a key market for Activision. The company remains a leading video game employer in the country with its UK headquarters based in Stockley Park.”
Call of Duty Strike Team was released in September of 2013; Activision has not revealed the future plans for the mobile games or the mobile market.