Activision exec speaks on current Infinity Ward situation

Chief Operating and Financial Officer Thomas Tippl spoke with the LA Times this week, saying that the development house “still has nearly 100 people, they’ve built a deep bench, and the change of guard will provide an opportunity for some of the rising stars to put their own stamp on the Call of Duty franchise.”

“We treat our developers extremely well,” Tippl stated. He also said that Activision’s “independent studio model” allows developers “a lot of creative freedom while we take care of the back office stuff.”

When asked how many studios are working on Call of Duty Tippl said: “Today, we have three studios working on Call of Duty. We have Infinity Ward, which made Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Then we have Treyarch, which will be releasing a Call of Duty game in the fall of 2010. Treyarch also developed Call of Duty: World at War and Call of Duty 3. And, most recently, we’ve added Sledgehammer in the Bay Area. We haven’t yet announced the content of their game, but it’s going to be an innovative take that will further broaden the audience for Call of Duty.”