Infinity Ward Guys Vs. Activision... Fight!
Following the events from weird Monday have been a fun activity this week. Portal received yet another update which altered the ending, watch it here
if you can't be bothered to play through Portal again. The biggest news though is around Activision, who announced what their plans were for the future of the Call of Duty franchise. I guess Infinity Ward's attempt to re-brand it as the "Modern Warfare" are probably over now as Actvision have brought in a third studio to work on Call of Duty games.
Here is a summary of what they announced via press release (see source):
- Treyarch are working on 2010's Call of Duty games as expected, to be release "this fall" which is secret code for November.
- Infinity Ward are working on the "first two" downloadable map packs for Modern Warfare 2. This seems like there will be more than two, but Infinity Ward might not be working on any packs past the second.
- Activision are starting a Call of Duty specific business unit to manage the series with the same focus as seen in the Blizzard Entertainment business unit. They'll focus on high-margin digital content, bringing the series to new genres and using new business models. This sounds like the subscription based Call of Duty that has been rumored for the past few months.
- Sledgehammer Games, which is headed by people who previously worked for EA on Dead Space, will be working on some sort of "Action-Adventure" Call of Duty game.
Now confirmed fired Infinity Ward guys Jason West and Vince Zampella are wasting no time fighting back against Activision with lawyers. They claim that Activision chose to fire them instead of paying them substantial royalty payments for the success of Modern Warfare 2. They go on to claim that Activision hired lawyers to conduct an investigation of them, and eventually fired them for insubordination, but failed to inform them what they have insubordinatious about. However this ends up getting resolved, you can bet it'll be as public as possible as West and Zampella will likely want Activision to look like the bad guys throughout all of this, something which is definitely needed when attempting to take on giant companies.