The games industry analayst Michael Pachter has predicted that more staff will leave the Infinity Ward studio, perhaps as many as ten or twenty. However he also adds that he doesn’t expect this to harm Activision or the Modern Warfare franchise too greatly.
When asked about drops in Activision Blizzard’s share prices he replied “We think that recent Activision share weakness has been compounded by additional departures at Infinity Ward which accelerated this week, and we expect another 10-20 employees to depart over the next few months.”
Activision will be staffing up the developer again according to Pachter, even if the success of Modern Warfare will take some rivalling.
“In our view, the company will likely replace the departed employees with skilled developers, and while increased competition may impact sales of future versions of Modern Warfare, we expect the company to put out a competitive product.”