Activision: Infinity Ward "Remains An Important Studio"
There has been much debate over whether or not Infinity Ward will continue after the employee exodus following the Activision fiasco.
Even analysts were split on the issue but now, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has updated everyone on the current state of affairs: Infinity Ward isn't going anywhere. During a post-earnings conference call, when the publisher reported a 33% leap to $1.3 billion in the first quarter, Kotick referenced the loss of key employees at IW but also said it "remains an important studio." As of now, 35 employees have left the team since Activision fired leaders Vince Zampella and Jason West (who have gone on to found Respawn Studios), and Kotick said Activision is "obviously disappointed" and that they wish they "could convince some of these talented people to stay." But because they can't, Kotick and Co. remain committed to IW, and the publisher will continue to provide the necessary "resources, people, and talent" to keep the studio going. As of right now, IW is indeed working on their "next big project," which everyone assumes is the third Modern Warfare installment. Some said that if IW closed, Activision would find another studio to work on MW3 and after the purchase of Bungie...well, people got to talking.
But it appears all of that is unnecessary, as analyst Michael Pachter appears to be in the right on this one: he said Activision would do exactly what they're doing, which is to keep IW staffed for MW3.
5/6/2010 8:50:26 PM John Shepard