In a recent interview with CVG, Treyarch communications manager John Rafacz has stated that neither Infinity Ward or Treyarch have played a significant role in their flagship’s PlayStation Vita debut, Black Ops: Declassified.
Despite co-developing one of the industry’s biggest gaming franchises, duties have been passed down to the Sony-owned Nihilistic Software of Resistance: Burning Skies infamy. With that said, Activision will still be publishing the game, the Call of Duty team also stepping in to make sure the game sticks to the series’ canon.
Connoting some form of arrangement between the two companies, Rafacz explained that the Call of Duty brand had not been licensed to Sony. Instead, Sony and Activision have formed a “partnership” with the platform holder agreeing to market a Vita hardware bundle that will include Declassified.
It sounds like a beneficial deal for both parties though there are no doubt a myriad of hidden details we aren’t likely to uncover any time soon. Still, it seems odd that Activision hasn’t allocated any support from its Call of Duty studios. We know for a fact that Declassified won’t upstage the franchises’ next console instalment but with early reports claiming that the game isn’t looking too promising, could the publisher be trying to step out of the blast radius when it launches this November?