April 17, 2010

Infinity Ward’s Impending Doom

Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward seems to have to come to blows with Activision. There is a lot of speculation on the matter and not all the details are known yet. According to an anonymous inside source it all began with the firing of IW co-founder and developer Jason West and Vince Zampella for insubordination and breach of contract. Also Activision is supposedly not paying royalties out to IW employees which has caused much of the IW personnel to leave and it is expected that at least 10-20 more IW employees will leave within the next few months, most of which are teaming up with West and Zampella in their new Development company Respawn to which it is also said that West and Zampella have singed a deal with EA. Activision will of course be hiring new blood and trying to keep up with loss of personel. This is bad news for future Modern Warfare games, specifically MW3 wich the inside source commented on and how it would be difficult for the studio to stick to its timeline and finish the game on time. This is a fight that is just getting warmed up and will likely be ongoing for some time, we can only hope that amdist the BS and turmoil the quality games we are used arent thrown to the chopping block. And personally I find it highly dissapointing that such tremendous talent (West & Zampella) has made a deal with the devil that is EA, hopefull that isn’t final and ends up untrue.

14 comments

  1. thsoundman - April 21, 2010 2:40 pm

    Yeah i like if I jack up a game while I am modding it I can just tell steam to “verify file integrity” and then through the magic of the internet it fixes my files. This is really helpful as I constantly modify my games.

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  2. AiR - April 20, 2010 10:07 pm

    exactly

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  3. T8 - April 20, 2010 4:42 pm

    Never worry about PC reformats again, the redownload of purchased content is amazing.

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  4. AiR - April 19, 2010 5:22 pm

    well i dont know if it was the greatest invention ever cuz like my video card does alot and my processor. and maybe my large super mat deserves some gaming goodness credit. but valve is a good thing(steam) i just like the fact that i can delete the files and if i ever need i can just re’dl them. also the friends feature is prob the most used. it replaced my xfire quickly.

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  5. T8 - April 19, 2010 4:50 pm

    I will always stand by Valve and their products. Steam was the greatest invention for PC gamers. EVER!

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  6. thsoundman - April 19, 2010 3:16 pm

    Your point is well made. Politics and greed fall hand in hand.

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  7. AiR - April 19, 2010 2:47 pm

    scratch politics and replace with greed

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  8. thsoundman - April 18, 2010 9:23 pm

    DRM just isn’t neccesary. Valve has proven this. Their sales are through the roof and they don’t have gayass DRM. Look at Half Life 2 sales. 6 million? Anyone who thinks game companies don’t know this is true don’t know what there talking about. It’s all about money and content control these days. On consoles companies can control content and grab more dollars out of the consumer. It’s politics at it’s best.

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  9. AiR - April 18, 2010 7:22 pm

    ok i was guna leave this one alone but for lack of better words like lil wayne said “fuck these b*tches” lol but seriously i think they did the gaming community as a whole dirty. MW2 seems more of an expansion of cod:MW then the “exclusive content” are redone maps of the first game. They slapped the pc community in the face, the same community who long hailed COD2 and COD4 and still to date play these games by not even tryin to put the “quality” in the product when it came to pc. They slapped a “pc” sticker on the box and charged an extra $10 and pretty much told everyone to “get over it”. I still believe had this been a pc exclusive title it would have been an expansion to COD:MW .just new maps and weapons. They said the pc gamers were dieing and we all believed them. yet cod4 is still highly played and need i mention battlefield’s BC2 success? seriously they should call it quits while they are still ahead. they can only pump out so many lies and terrible games before people catch on…

    /start boycott

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  10. PimpmasterF - April 17, 2010 6:25 pm

    I dont dissagree with DRM I dissagree with the extent EA has taken it, for instance in Dragon Age, sure I can play the game without logging in but I cant save or get access to my DLC or extra content unless I sign in, what if theres an internet outage or I can no longer afford internet or my net isnt there for whatever reason? If I dont have internet and login while playing all my saves and DLC are for shit. Not to mention the slew of games that require internet just to play it, single player or multi. I understand the reasoning but it just seems a bit messed up that just cuz you dont have net your excluded from fairly large list of games. I know most gamers are gonna have net but it should be up to the consumer if they want to pay for internet and not be excluded from quality games just cuz they dont.

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  11. Meno - April 17, 2010 4:55 pm

    DRM is and will remain standard. That isn’t going to change. I think that companies such as EA and Ubisoft (who think that DRM helps their product bring in new customers) will continue to use this scheme until more people are driven towards consoles. This would net them larger profits because the costs of a console game far exceed that of PC Games.

    Regardless, DRM is going nowhere and is far from the greatest reason to dislike EA. If you want a good reason, how about charging for DLC that is included on disc, as is most recently the case with Bad Company 2.

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  12. PimpmasterF - April 17, 2010 12:25 pm

    yea this whole mess has certainly turned into a cluster fuck of douche, as far as EA, Id be lying if I said they didnt put out quality games what I hate about them is their assanign DRM. and I hadnt come across that quote from Activision, I really hope the new developing studio Respawn can get itself off the ground, if West and Zampella were responsible for the awsomeness of MW2 they certainly have the potential to make a slew of bitchiness in the future.

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  13. thsoundman - April 17, 2010 12:01 pm

    I will never be buying another Activision game again. What happened to the good ole days when they made quality titles like Mechwarrior and Star Trek: Elite Force?

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  14. Meno - April 17, 2010 11:54 am

    I wouldn’t worry to much about EA. They are no longer the big bad wolf, especially when considering their recent catalog of games, which includes creative ventures such as Mirrors Edge and Dead Space. While they do funnel massive (elephant-ass sized) amounts of money into their franchises, they have shown that they do not shy away from new IP’s either. If anything, borrow a little trust from Epic (Doom, Gears of War), since they have been publishing partners for a few years now.

    The bigger badder and wolfier evil is Activision of late. I’ll leave you with a couple quotes from Bobby Kotick, CEO of activision.

    “if it was left to me, I would raise the prices even further.”

    “[Activison won’t make games that] don’t have the potential to be exploited every year on every platform with clear sequel potential and have the potential to become $100 million franchises.”

    “I think we definitely have been able to instill the culture, the skepticism and pessimism and fear that you should have in an economy like we are in today.”

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