Infinity Ward Rumored as Sole Call of Duty Dev, Activision Labels Reports 'Erroneous'

Addressing rumors that Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward will soon be the sole developer of the hit franchise, publisher and studio owner Activision has labeled the claims as "erroneous."

The reports first emerged from Next-Gen, which cited an ex-employee from Activision's soon-to-be-closed Foster City studio.

According to the source, Infinity Ward had somehow renegotiated its contract with owner Activision to become the sole developer of the Call of Duty property following Call of Duty 5, which is reportedly in the works at Call of Duty 3 developer Treyarch.

This act then supposedly contributed to the upcoming closure of Activision Underground, which the source claimed was working on a third-person Call of Duty title in addition to the "late and over-budget" PlayStation 3 port of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

The ex-employee noted that by introducing a new spin-off series, Activision would have the ability to release up to two Call of Duty titles a year. The last Call of Duty release, the Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC, PS3, X360), sold over seven million units in less than two months.