What with all the legal drama and defections going down at the once market leading studio, Hickey reckons the studio will eventually be absorbed into Activision and that future work in the Call Of Duty franchise will be spread out amongst the rest of the company's developers.

“Continued defections from [Activision's] Infinity Ward studio have created meaningful uncertainty around the future of their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise,” said Hickey.

“We expect Infinity Ward studio will be essentially closed after their next map pack release, with development work on Modern Warfare 3 spread between two studios not historically tied to the franchise.”

We said we thought Infinity Ward were dead a few weeks back. This foresight would in no way surprise us.