Infinity Ward Heads Found New Studio - UPDATED

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Can we really say these two guys are the masterminds behind COD4&6, i mean their is chance it was a group decision.

OT:Well i guess many of us knew this would happen.

This sounds like a good thing.Since most IW games have been good.Sure none of them are masterpieces,but they do entertain for the most part.So I don't see what could be so bad about it.

AceDiamond:

Jiraiya72:

Echolocating:
This probably won't help their court case.

This is exactly what I thought. I mean, Activision's whole argument was they we're about to do this..

Yeah but would they have done it had they not been fired? The effects and the causes don't quite match up.

Exactly.

I mean read the lines in this article about them "owning their ip this time around".

Infinity Ward doesn't own Call of Duty or Modern Warfare. They could of just as easily flipped Infinity Ward off

This is interesting, since the main focus of Activisions lawsuit is their deals with EA

Booze Zombie:
It's funny, Activision drove away their money makers because they were worried they'd go to EA... making them go to EA.

Thats a self fulfilling prophecy right there.

Hopefully they make a great new game together and make Activision regret this.

Well this is good. EA is one of the only major publishers left who haven't made me hate them.

It's going to be interesting to see what they come up with.

johnman:
This is interesting, since the main focus of Activisions lawsuit is their deals with EA

As if there's some third major publisher willing to fork over a few million bucks that they could have gone to...

Imagine the win if they had joined Valve instead...

Jiraiya72:

Echolocating:
This probably won't help their court case.

This is exactly what I thought. I mean, Activision's whole argument was they we're about to do this..

]how exactly does this damage it either

VanBasten:

johnman:
This is interesting, since the main focus of Activisions lawsuit is their deals with EA

As if there's some third major publisher willing to fork over a few million bucks that they could have gone to...

Activisions main case is that they were talking with EA before they were fired. This deal having been sealed so quickly kind of supports that theroy, giving weight to Activions accusations of insubordination.

Who would have thought EA, one of the msot hated gaming publishers not 2 or so years ago are now easily one of the best.

Good job guys, you've escaped the best that is Activition. I hope we get some great stuff from this new studio.

johnman:

VanBasten:

johnman:
This is interesting, since the main focus of Activisions lawsuit is their deals with EA

As if there's some third major publisher willing to fork over a few million bucks that they could have gone to...

Activisions main case is that they were talking with EA before they were fired. This deal having been sealed so quickly kind of supports that theroy, giving weight to Activions accusations of insubordination.

Yeah...I wondered about this too. Whether Activitions argument is ligament or not it probably would have been safer to wait after the whole lawsuit was finished before announcing this.

Yeee-haw.
Awesome.
Just fucking awesome.
Side note: They've come full circle, that's pretty funny.

Respawn Entertainment, eh. Sounds great! Can't wait to hear about their first project. One thing's for sure, they're going to have a lot to prove.

oh great this is going to be a weird partner ship

Sure, it seems like Activision's claims may have just been proven to be true, but let's not jump to conclusions. If a publisher had the opportunity to get the two heads of the developer, owned by their biggest rival, that made the best selling game of all time, I would certainly think that they would.

I think Respwan is a pretty poor name though.

Frank_Sinatra_:
The sad part is 60% of the CoD players won't even know about tis, and if and when those two make a game that challenges MW2 you can expect those 60% to start bashing the shit out of them.

I'm not so sure, I work in a game store and even the knuckle-draggers can tell the difference between IF and Treyarch.. If whatever they make does come out with the tagline 'made by ex Infinity Ward employees' I can see people making the leap.

The irony of this is fucking beautiful! They chose a good name too.

EA allowing more freedom than Activision? Didn't see that coming O_o

johnman:
Activisions main case is that they were talking with EA before they were fired. This deal having been sealed so quickly kind of supports that theroy, giving weight to Activions accusations of insubordination.

Or, like any successful company, EA acted quickly when they saw a potentially lucrative acquisition.

As I've said, it's not like there is any other major publishers with anywhere near that level of income like EA and Activision that can fork over a few million at the drop of a hat for a new studio with no projects in development and for guys that ask for complete independence with making games.

SomeBritishDude:
Whether Activitions argument is ligament or not it probably would have been safer to wait after the whole lawsuit was finished before announcing this.

It's gonna take years for those lawsuit to be settled, and it's gonna take years for something to come out of this new studio as well once they start working. If they waited to start working till after the lawsuits were finished everyone would forget about them.

Fitting name for the studio considering the circumstances.
I like it.

Activision likely said that they were making talks with EA because, like us, they could make the really painfully easy prediction that EA would pick up the two well known game designers. And even if they did have a reason for the firings, it is too convenient that they would do so right before having to pay Zampella and West the huge sum they were due for MW2.

Shaun Johnston:
This goes to show that Activision was right to sack these guys. It is to 'convenient' that they ended up working for EA as Activision said they were planning to do. I knew from the start that Activision were telling the truth. No way would you sack the main guys on Infinity Ward without some knowledge of their deceit. These two guys were greedy and trying to do Activision over without a doubt.

that makes no sence, they "sacked" them because they wanted to take COD in a new way, and they dident like that, and maybe they where rumored to go to EA, but heres my two cents, they could hate done it to piss them off, either way, Activision lost bigtime.

OT, i just hope Respawn doesent go down like Pandemic did...

Brad Shepard:

Shaun Johnston:
This goes to show that Activision was right to sack these guys. It is to 'convenient' that they ended up working for EA as Activision said they were planning to do. I knew from the start that Activision were telling the truth. No way would you sack the main guys on Infinity Ward without some knowledge of their deceit. These two guys were greedy and trying to do Activision over without a doubt.

that makes no sence, they "sacked" them because they wanted to take COD in a new way, and they dident like that, and maybe they where rumored to go to EA, but heres my two cents, they could hate done it to piss them off, either way, Activision lost bigtime.

OT, i just hope Respawn doesent go down like Pandemic did...

If Respawn makes 20% the money IW does, I think EA will be happy.

Hurm. What do you know? Activision was at least half right. Now we wait and see if they were actually dumb enough to steal from their employees in an attempt to make them loyal. Because...

Activision can suck it. They kept accusing them without any solid proof and I suppose they got tired of the bull' and actually stepped towards EA. And franky, I LOVE the idea/irony.

Activision deserves it and should suffer for it. Honestly, this is major news for me.

Bigeyez:

Echolocating:
This probably won't help their court case.

It does indeed make Activisions claims of them basically planning this with EA while still at IW seem more real. Maybe Activision were actually on the right in this whole debacle?

Or maybe they started planing this because Activision was treating them badly? As far as Activision "knowing" they will start a new studio with EA, it doesn't take a genius to think as much, EA is the one able to throw the biggest pile of money at them, and they are in a position to demand every cent of it (and oh, ownership of new IP). Maybe there is some truth to both cases, its just a matter of figuring out which came first, the chicken or the egg.

Cracker3011:

Brad Shepard:

Shaun Johnston:
This goes to show that Activision was right to sack these guys. It is to 'convenient' that they ended up working for EA as Activision said they were planning to do. I knew from the start that Activision were telling the truth. No way would you sack the main guys on Infinity Ward without some knowledge of their deceit. These two guys were greedy and trying to do Activision over without a doubt.

that makes no sence, they "sacked" them because they wanted to take COD in a new way, and they dident like that, and maybe they where rumored to go to EA, but heres my two cents, they could hate done it to piss them off, either way, Activision lost bigtime.

OT, i just hope Respawn doesent go down like Pandemic did...

If Respawn makes 20% the money IW does, I think EA will be happy.

they will make more then that if EA lets them do what they want, unlike Pandemic (I miss you battlefront...)

3nimac:

Bigeyez:

Echolocating:
This probably won't help their court case.

It does indeed make Activisions claims of them basically planning this with EA while still at IW seem more real. Maybe Activision were actually on the right in this whole debacle?

Or maybe they started planing this because Activision was treating them badly? As far as Activision "knowing" they will start a new studio with EA, it doesn't take a genius to think as much, EA is the one able to throw the biggest pile of money at them, and they are in a position to demand every cent of it (and oh, ownership of new IP). Maybe there is some truth to both cases, its just a matter of figuring out which came first, the chicken or the egg.

Pretty much yeah. It's all just speculation and wild guesses until they make their way to court and actual facts come out.

TheRealCJ:
And, in five years, when Respawn make a groundbreaking series entitled "Oscar Mike", EA will screw them over and they will create a new studio under the careful watch of Activision.

Thanks for making me laugh out loud during class.

My teacher really appriciated it.

Activision may very well claim that this was West and Zampella's plan all along - and I'm sure there are a few who will agree with them on that. But West and Zampelle could easily counter that with "Well, we weren't planning it, but when Activision suggested it, it seemed like the best course of action."

Basically: "I never thought of doing it until you accused me of it" - which is just beautiful.

Oh the irony is just delicious, I bet Activision are kicking themselves.

... And the plot thickens!

I am very certain there will be more to come on this story within the month.

This revelation seems familiar to the bank robbers who end up returning to the same bank after the crime. If you didn't want to look guilty of what you were being accused of, perhaps you might have wanted to wait until the heat died down, or at least until the court case was over.

So does this mean they will create ANOTHER war-based FPS? These guys seem stuck in a creative rut, but as long as it pays the bills, more power to them.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *HEAD EXPLODES

Holy shit, and thats all I have to say about that.

Here's the thing I see:

We have guys fired unceremoniously for insubordination. They have to eat, they want to work, but Activision took them out of the game because they supposedly didn't want to pay them bonuses. Now... Correct me, but the last 9 years proved them wrong on bonuses, they took a franchise in an entirely new direction, and it paid off in millions. MILLIONS

Now, let's look at corporate. Activision has a habit of screwing its talent. It disbanded Red Octane, it's bought franchises that have sequel potential, ignoring great ideas such as Brutal Legend, Ghostbusters, or even fan made sequels to good games.

With a track record like that, and a boss like Kotick, can we really say that the guys formerly of IW are wrong in going to EA who recognize their mistake and are working to improve it? Granted, I'm leery of a EA causing this yet again, but if they learned their lesson (don't make the same mistake twice) then everyone but Activision can be happy.

TBH, the truth is probably that they were in negotiations with EA, but may have turned them down until Kotick forced their hand in showing how much of a 'tard he was. No matter what, I really can't like him and some of the decisions he's made. ESPECIALLY in trying to induce fear in a production studio. That's just retarded on so many levels.

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