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Infinity Ward moving away from Call of Duty?

Infinity Ward moving away from Call of Duty?

Activision may move the remains of Infinity Ward away from the Call of Duty franchise, it seems.

The remnants of original Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, may move away from the COD franchise and on to other projects, according to Activision VP Dave Stohl.

Infinity Ward has been focused on recruiting new talent since founders Jason West and Vince Zampella left the company after a disagreement with Activision, taking a chunk of the Modern Warfare team with them. Zampella and West have since setup a new team, Respawn. Remaining IW staff have sought damages from Activision.

"Recruiting at Infinity Ward is not a problem. What we’re trying to do is say that Infinity Ward is a culture, it’s a way of doing things," said Stohl in an interview with VG247.

Discussing rumours that Infinity Ward will move to create new franchises, Stohl was cagey - but he did comment that IW has a strong "shooter philosophy".

"I think that there’s a short- and long-term view on the whole thing," he added. "But I think we’re rebuilding a studio that can go off and build great new franchises in the future."

The other Call of Duty developer, Treyarch, has since moved to become the lead developer for the franchise and is now "100 percent focused" on that brandd, according to studio head Mark Lamia in another interview.

Ironically, one of the reasons West and Zampella were thought to have rebelled against Activision is that they weren't given the option to work on other projects, allegedly.

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Toploaded 29th June 2010, 11:10 Quote
I have high hopes for what West and Zampella do next, lets hope they get a more reasonable publisher that appreciates the true and rate talent they have.
CardJoe 29th June 2010, 11:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
I have high hopes for what West and Zampella do next, lets hope they get a more reasonable publisher that appreciates the true and rate talent they have.

They are with EA, IIRC.
Mankz 29th June 2010, 11:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
They are with EA, IIRC.

Good move by EA.. ;)
Farfalho 29th June 2010, 16:17 Quote
Now the dirty stuff is coming up to the surface. IW is, for all I care, dead, unless the new team creates something awesome.

BTW, what does IIRC stands for?
delriogw 29th June 2010, 17:07 Quote
IIRC stands for 'if i remember correctly'
NuTech 29th June 2010, 17:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
I have high hopes for what West and Zampella do next, lets hope they get a more reasonable publisher that appreciates the true and rate talent they have.
They're not just 'at EA', they're with EA Partners. It's a relatively new program set up to attract established studios to EA without a lot of the caveats big publishers usually have.

Generally (it changes from partnership to partnership), the studio retains complete rights to their IP, are (for the most part) autonomous and usually only benefit from the parts of EA they actually need.

Practically all the partners involved in the program love it, including Crytek, Valve and Harmonix.

I have a feeling that Respawn Entertainment will do just fine. ;)
wonderwarthog 29th June 2010, 18:10 Quote
Personally i hope that Zampella, West and Infinity Ward fail miserably.
The attitude towards pc has been disgraceful and the lying over dedi servers and the news that we were getting IW net less than two weeks before release with MW2 shames them all.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 29th June 2010, 19:42 Quote
They (Respawn Ent) are responsible for one of the biggest casual gamer IPs ever made so Im sure they can duplicate that magic but hopefully with something of a great deal more substance as to establish themselves with credibility before they go selling themselves and PC gamers out AGAIN. lol

Screw IW as they have no innovation as greed has consumed their creativity. They may make another COD but I bankruptcy in their future.

E! true Hollywood Story.......Infinity Ward 30 million units sold then scandal and bankruptcy to murder and jail.
Blackie Chan 29th June 2010, 20:28 Quote
" focused" on that brandd"

I have found ze glitch!
GravitySmacked 29th June 2010, 20:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
I have high hopes for what West and Zampella do next, lets hope they get a more reasonable publisher that appreciates the true and rate talent they have.

Yep gotta agree.
Toploaded 29th June 2010, 22:22 Quote
If only we could have them working on Postal 3, I'm sure we would offer them plenty of creative freedom ;)
pcnuttie 29th June 2010, 22:23 Quote
Do you think Respawn Entertainment will give us dedicated servers so we can re-take modern warfare 2 back and ban every hacker on site? I hope so but if not then forget them. I'm looking more forward with Treyarch's Call of Duty Black Ops and dedicated servers are officially confirmed. They always look out to the PC community and never failed us!
Saivert 30th June 2010, 04:05 Quote
the CoD franchise never did much for me anyways.
MW was fun but because of all the stuff that they removed in MW2 for the PC version I just gave up on Infinity Ward.

I'm with Valve and DICE.
gavomatic57 30th June 2010, 08:22 Quote
Good, Modern Warfare 2 was an abomination and I'd be happy if I never saw another one.
Farfalho 3rd July 2010, 14:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by delriogw
IIRC stands for 'if i remember correctly'

Much appreciated!:D
jokerr 7th July 2010, 12:09 Quote
Good, I got bored with CoD after the 3rd one!
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