Activision has announced the formation of a new business unit for the Call of Duty Franchise.This evening’s news comes following the much talked about departure of Infinity Ward president Jason West and chief executive Vince Zampella which Activision described as being for  “breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward.”Following these departures, Activision is obviously keen to get its house in order and announced a new Call of Duty business unit which will be run by Activision’s Asia Pacific head Philip Earl.Activision also stated that the next Call of Duty title will be released this autumn and as expected will be developed by Treyarch, and that another title in the Call of Duty franchise is expected to hit the shops in 2011.However, another Call of Duty title also appears to be in the works at Sledgehammer Games, the company founded by Glen A Schofield and Michael Condrey of Dead Space fame, which according to Activision, will not be the standard Call of Duty FPS, but instead an action adventure. .Activision Publishing president and CEO Mike Griffith added “Sledgehammer Games is in development on a Call of Duty title in the action-adventure genre. It’s an exciting time and it’s the right time to ensure the appropriate resources are there to support Call of Duty’s growth.”To clarify, it appears that there are now three Call of Duty titles in development, Treyarch’s new game due for release this year, which is expected to be set in Vietnam, another new CoD title due for release in 2011 which will more than likely be the standard annual CoD FPS, and an action adventure CoD title being developed by Sledgehammer Games.Modern Warfare 2 players will also be catered for with two map packs this year.

Paul Younger
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