Activision has called in reinforcements to help it get Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 ready for its expected November release, rumours suggest.
According to sources cited by the LA Times, Activision has pulled in both Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software to help troubled studio Infinity Ward with the project.
California-based Sledgehammer will be sharing the production of the single player aspects of the game with Infinity Ward equally, the sources said, while Raven Software will focus on the online multi-player elements.
The move has reportedly forced Activision into putting Sledgehammer’s current project, a Call of Duty spin-off, on hold.
The decision follows the dismissal of Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella, and the subsequent exodus of talent that followed.
West and Zampella later sued Activision for $36 million, claiming they were fired so the company could avoid paying them royalties. But in a $400 million countersuit, Activision claims that the two were fired for “breach of contract and insubordination”.
The company has since added EA to the list of defendants, accusing EA of interfering with contracts, engaging in unfair trade practices and helping the two executives to breach fiduciary duty.