Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles, Skylanders and more have reportedly laid off a number of its staff in the last week. This comes after the news that Call of Duty Infinite Warfare failed to meet expectations, but still brought in profits.
According to reports by Kotaku last Friday, Activision “let go of staff at Infinity Ward, Beenox, and other internal studios as well as their corporate office.” Infinity Ward were responsible for the latest Call of Duty release, and the space setting as well as the jetpacking gun-play didn’t appeal to the masses, in a year that saw DICE and EA give the fans what they wanted in the form of a historical setting of World War 1.
Kotaku requested further details from Activision, and received the following statement. “Activision Publishing is realigning our resources to support our upcoming slate and adapt to the accelerating transition to digital, including opportunities for digital add-on content.”
In January, Ubisoft bought Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyle Games from Activision, who brought back the Guitar Hero franchise in late 2015. It was never going to reach the climax of Guitar Hero 3 despite Activision and FreeStyle Games trying to shake up the genre.
It’s hard to imagine Activision in financial trouble but with the sale of the UK studio to Ubisoft and an estimated 5% layoff of staff throughout the company and its teams, is there more to this story that we don’t know yet?