Activision Won't Stand In The Way Of Infinity Ward Revival
Activision might still be embroiled in a lawsuit that could cost them anywhere between $125 and $625 million, but they're not about to sling more mud in the direction of Infinity Ward.
According to what Activision Worldwide Studios executive Dave Stohl told Develop, the publisher won't hamper Infinity Ward's "rising from the ashes" in any way. He says that right now, Activision is supporting the studio in the rebuilding process; it's well known that the Modern Warfare 2 developer suffered a mass exodus after the firing of bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West (some ex-IW members are now back with their former employers at Respawn Entertainment). But despite analyst concerns that Infinity Ward might have to close its doors, Stohl says that won't happen. In fact, Activision recently revealed that they had received over 5,000 applications for work at both IW and Sledgehammer Games, and they've already hired 60 new employees for both development houses. The rumor is that IW is pursuing new IPs and are currently hard at work on Modern Warfare 3, but nothing has been officially confirmed.
Nobody really knows what's going to happen concerning that huge and very complex lawsuit but in the meantime, business must proceed. Gotta make those games, no?
8/10/2010 9:33:52 PM Ben Dutka