There’s no doubt in my mind that Infinity Ward are, or were, Activisions best developer. They are responsible for two of the most popular and best selling video-games of all time; Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and Modern Warfare 2. However, recently Activision have shown their true agenda by firing two of Infinity Ward’s key players, Vince Zampella and Jason West.
Bob Kotick, CEO of Activision, has already made it clear that they value money over anything else by publicly hounding Sony and threatening to discontinue production for all of their platforms — a statement that had both gamers and industry professionals in an up-roar. Luckily Mr. Kotick did not follow up on his threat but ever after his statement a lot of people lost the little respect they had for the company.
Vince Zampella and Jason West have now partnered with Electronics Arts and founded a new development company called Respawn Entertainment and this time Zampella and West do not only have full creative rights to their IPs but also own them. A sweet deal, if you ask me. Also, Infinty Ward’s crew are dropping like flies with John Shiring, programmer, and Mackey McCandlish, designer, abandoning ship.
Is this the start of the domino effect? What will be left of Infinity Ward and what will become of one of the greatest game franchises of all time? Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, though — Activision is suffering from some structural damage and it’s showing. Whether or not this is the beginning of Activisions demise, things are definitely not looking good for Bob Kotick and the rest of Activision.
Source: Next Gen News