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Infinity Ward restructuring complete

Activision "happy" with the results.

Restructuring is complete at beleaguered Modern Warfare factory Infinity Ward, owner Activision has announced.

According to IGN, Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of Activision parent company Vivendi, told the Morgan Stanley TMT Conference, "We have reconstructed Infinity Ward. We have been very happy with the way we have been able to reconstruct it."

The developer had been left in turmoil following the sacking of president Jason West and studio head Vince Zampella back in March. The duo then set up their own studio with EA, called Respawn Entertainment, luring many former Infinity Ward staffers over.

"The Treyarch studio, which made this year's game, has done better than what the Infinity Ward studio could achieve a year ago," Lévy also said.

The Treyarch-developed Call of Duty: Black Ops, which launched last week on DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360, has been breaking sales records left, right and centre. Very good it was too.

"We also have a third studio which was created about a year-and-a-half ago called Sledgehammer," Lévy added, "which is working on Call of Duty properties. We believe this set up of studios working on Call of Duty has demonstrated it can do very well."

If rumours are true, that Sledgehammer title will see the Call of Duty series setting its sights on outer space.

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