Activision may close UK studio The Blast Furnace

Activision may close UK studio The Blast Furnace
Christopher Dring

By Christopher Dring

January 31st 2014 at 5:10PM

Mobile developer could be set to shut down after less than two years

Activision is in discussions over the future of UK Call of Duty mobile developer The Blast Furnace.

That's the careful wording from the global games publisher, which has begun an employee consultation process with the developer's 47 staff.

The Blast Furnace is best known for creating last year's smartphone title Call of Duty: Strike Team, but it has also created mobile titles based on Pitfall and Wipeout.

The US games giant appears set to close the studio, but was at pains to tell MCV that it wants to 'keep The Blast Furnace together and develop a plan that will enable them to remain as a team.'

The company could be planning to sell the studio, help them set up on their own or even find new employment at another studio.

Despite the proposals, MCV understands that Activision remains committed to creating games for mobile platforms.

Our sister-site MCV has the full story.