This is sad news. Activision is trimming the so called fat with its newly acquired studios that came with the Vivendi merger. If you read the article some of these studios are responsible for the upcoming Ghostbusters game as well as World in Conflict (by Massive Entertainment). Activision has stated it will not be publishing these games, leaving the studios in limbo as Activision plans to sell them off.
I've specifically singled out Massive Entertainment because I know that they are a great studio who have developed some amazing RTS titles over the years. They are the ones responsible for the Ground Control series (for those who played it) and more recently World in Conflict. They were currently developing World in Conflict: Soviet Assault, a sort of mini-expansion to World in Conflict that was to add a Soviet campaign and new maps. This title was also going to be released on the Xbox 360 packaged with the original game and the people who previewed it labelled it as possibly one of the best RTS experiences ever made possible on the console format.
Not only were they creators of some good games, but they made some kickass game engines as well. The one used in World in Conflict looks amazing, performs amazing and is very moddable (not to mention the full array of tools that were released with the game).
I'm extremely worried about Massive Entertainment's future. I don't want to see such a great studio disbanded because of a publisher who only cares about cash-in titles on consoles.
Perhaps Massive Entertainment will join the Stardock alliance along with Gas Powered Games and Ironclad? One can only hope so.