Firstly, SCOOPS SCOOPING.
Secondly, I mean, for all intents and purposes, most of Activision is pretty much already in that state. Raven & Neversoft were already helping out on Call of Duty games. Now, we lose Neversoft by name and some of those guys have lost their jobs, maybe.
I wouldn't be surprised if Raven gets absorbed into Treyarch or Infinity Ward as well. I think High Moon's on its way there too.
Activision's going down the video game factory path further and further. I think when the time comes, they won't renew their Marvel & Transformers licenses and they'll stick to making Skylanders and Call of Duty, with all hands on deck for those two franchises. Meanwhile, Blizzard will do their thing and they will keep making third party deals when they need to, as with Bungie and Destiny.
Its disgusting, in a way, but it sounds like a sound strategy for them in terms of making money.