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It seems that Activision has said "all hand on deck" for one of the best-known gaming series of all time: Call of Duty. Though the development company has many studios set on creating different games and experiences relating to CoD, from three studios working on the mainline series to Raven Software which maintains a bunch of the Warzone elements, Activision has now brought on yet another of its studios to help produce Call of Duty content. And with that Toys for Bob joining in on the FPS's development, that means every Activision studios is now working on Call of Duty.
First reported by CharlieIntel, Activision has brought in Toys for Bob, the only one of its studios not working on CoD to join in the development frenzy. Toys for Bob is best known for its more family-friendly content than an FPS but it will now be working on supporting Season 3 of Warzone. The studio most recently released Crash Bandicoot: It's About Time, but you'll also know the studio's work from the Sypro Reignited Trilogy and perhaps even the Skylanders games.
With the end of Season 2 came the end of the Verdansk we knew and loved and in came Verdansk '84. Here are some of our favourite memories on the first CoD battle royale map:
A tweet from the studio, Toys for Bob says, "Toys for Bob is proud to support development for Season 3 of Call of Duty Warzone, and look forward to more to come. Let's go dev squads! #Verdansk84." As this announcement was made it seems that certain staff are exiting from the company. Character designer Nicholas Kole has moved away from Toys for Bob due to this decision. The announcement on Twitter of his departure says "It's the end of an era, but I wish my former coworkers still with TFB all the best with what's ahead!"
It's the end of an era, but I wish my former coworkers still with TFB all the best with what's ahead!
- Nicholas Kole (@FromHappyRock) April 30, 2021
After the colourful and cartoony imagery that Toy for Bob was known for seems to have been halted by this change in direction, it seems that Activision has been letting developers go now the studio is working on a completely different genre. Nicholas Kole, who worked as a characters designer, has left the studio as well as many team members. One animator who worked on Crash 4, Eric Drobile posted on Twitter saying, "When I accepted the Crash4 job I was hoping we'd be ushering in a whole new era of super pushed cartoony games with great animation. This does not bode well for that future. Time to start a game studio I guess :(".
CharlieIntel and VGC went on to realise that's every Activision studio now working on the FPS series. That is Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Raven Software, Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, High Moon Studios, Activision Shanghai, and Demonware as well as Toys For Bob. Activision is involved in other games business, of course, as it's joined to Blizzard but out of the studios that aren't working on Blizzard properties, they're now all working on CoD.