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Infinity Ward Exodus at 26

Kotaku has a snapshot view of the ongoing stream of developers departing Infinity Ward in the wake of the firing of studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West. They put the number of staff exits at 26, many of whom have rejoined West and Zampella at their new studio Respawn Entertainment. We can add level designer Keith Bell, designer Charlie Wiederhold, and level designer Preston Glenn to the list of ex-Infinity Ward developers, as well as HR/recruitment specialist Kristin Cotterell.

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27. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 28, 2010, 14:14 Sepharo
 
I've only ever heard it MW2.

I personally prefer to use the full acronym CoD4:MW2
 
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26. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 28, 2010, 01:21 born2expire
 
most of the competitive community refers to it as "cod", the douchebags at machinima refer to it as mdub. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4022IEhqzg&feature=channel  
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25. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 23:04 SirKnight
 
IW devs are Oscar Mike!  
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24. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 18:12 Sleeeeepy
 
born2expire wrote on Apr 27, 2010, 18:03:
kxmode wrote on Apr 27, 2010, 13:26:
Nobody calls it Call of Duty: Modern Warfare; they simply call it Modern Warfare. Activision lost!

Everyone i know calls it Cod (as in the fish), as do most people. none of this Modern Warfare or Mdub bullshit.

Not sure you can really speak for "most people" - I have found the opposite on the various forum communities I visit and also in real life (there are those who call it Cod<number> or whatever, but those are the ones so invested that they have counted the number of games in the series, others like me tend call it Modern Warfare)

edit: though I've never ever seen or heard anyone call it Mdub, not even once
 
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23. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 18:10 Sleeeeepy
 
I say kudos to them for showing this solidarity - that snowball has started so well, and it's gonna keep on rolling. Good times...  
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22. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 18:03 born2expire
 
kxmode wrote on Apr 27, 2010, 13:26:
Nobody calls it Call of Duty: Modern Warfare; they simply call it Modern Warfare. Activision lost!

Everyone i know calls it Cod (as in the fish), as do most people. none of this Modern Warfare or Mdub bullshit.
 
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21. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 17:51 Jackplug
 
All that is left is the tea lady with a 100million bonus!!!  
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20. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 17:05 Hump
 
I love the fact that, in the end, Activision will be on the losing end of this whole mess. They may have the IP but they don't have the manpower that made it great.  
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19. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 15:42 DG
 
Isn't this a repeat of 2003?

2002: 2015inc release MoH: AA, under EA.
2003: 22 leave 2015inc [EA-ish] to form IW and release CoD, under Activision.
2009/10: 26 leave IW [Activision] to form Respawn and release ??? under EA.

Where ??? = some game with remarkable similarities to CoD/MoH

(yes 2015 is technically independent but IIRC a lot of the fuss at the time was because EA basically called the shots)
 
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18. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 14:37 Verno
 
kxmode wrote on Apr 27, 2010, 13:26:
Nobody calls it Call of Duty: Modern Warfare; they simply call it Modern Warfare. Activision lost!

Nobody except the retailers and trademark office, whoops.
 
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17. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 14:01 Tumbler
 
Wouldn't surprise me if they shutdown treyarch and moved everyone into IW. Assuming contracts force many future cod games to be made under the IW logo, this would be a solution to that problem. They could also force salaries down if they laid off treyarch then offered them new jobs at iw for peanuts. (plus let go some people to cut costs further)  
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16. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 13:47 Kxmode
 
UPDATE: Respawn Entertainment is being funded initially with "several million" dollars in capital from EA, reports the LA Times. Additionally, the story claims that West and Zampella will own and have full control of the intellectual property that Respawn develops. There's no word on what they'll work on first, but West said he believes it will be on the scale of a "huge, summer blockbuster." Whatever they end up working on, West said they will consider taking it into other forms of media, including comic books and movies.

ORIGINAL STORY: A new development studio has been announced today, but this isn't just any new company -- it's being founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella, the former president and CEO, respectively, of Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. This news comes amidst ongoing litigation between the two and Infinity Ward's owner, Activision.

The new company, Respawn Entertainment, will join the EA Partners program, giving Electronic Arts exclusive publishing and distribution rights for their future games.

"Respawn Entertainment marks a fresh start for Jason and me," said Vince Zampella, who will assume the role of General Manager at Respawn Entertainment. "For the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise. We're very proud of what we built -- and proud that so many millions of fans enjoyed those games. Today we hope to do it all over again -- open a new studio, hire a great team, and create brand new games with a new partner, EA."

"We're excited," added Jason West, President of Respawn Entertainment. "Now that the team is in control of the games and brands, we can ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve."

Respawn's official website, located at www.respawn.com, is currently comprised of nothing more than an email address, jobs@respawn.com, where Respawn will be accepting job resumes for designers, artists, and engineers. We have to wonder if Respawn already has two additional staffers, following the recent departure of lead designer Todd Alderman and lead software engineer Francesco Gigliotti from Infinity Ward.

Activision's lawsuit claims that the duo conspired with a rival publisher to form a new studio. West and Zampella's suit alleges "breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, wrong termination in violation of public policy, and declaratory relief," as well as control over the Modern Warfare brand.

We'll have more details on Respawn and any comments from Activision as we hear about them.

source: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3178759

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15. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 13:31 Cutter
 
It doesn't mean Activision is being a shit about this, it can also mean that West and Zamp are simply offering these guys better contracts than their existing ones, which is probably the case, otherwise they all would have quit outright. I know I'd want more of stake in the profits if I was going to hop companies.
 
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14. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 13:26 Kxmode
 
Nobody calls it Call of Duty: Modern Warfare; they simply call it Modern Warfare. Activision lost!  
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13. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 13:22 Verno
 

So, at the current time can Activision release any COD games? Or can Respawn?

It's a complicated situation.

Supposedly Activision owns the rights to the Call of Duty franchise as a whole. Infinity Ward claims they have the rights to the Modern Warfare name contractually, as in they were exclusively allowed to develop it as an IP within Activision. No one knows what happens to it now that they are gone as we don't know the contractual specifics nor how they will work out.

Treyarch is supposedly working on a Vietnam era CoD. There is another studio working on some strange 3rd person action/adventure Call of Duty game or something.

It's all pretty muddled right now, I doubt we'll know much of anything until the legal shit settles. I sincerely doubt that Respawn will get the Modern Warfare IP out of this though, they were owned by Activision. I figure they are pushing for a big settlement by using that contract clause as ammo.
 
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12. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 13:18 Kxmode
 
as well as HR/recruitment specialist Kristin Cotterell

Wow! Talking about irony!
 
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11. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 12:14 Ravenrex
 
So, at the current time can Activision release any COD games? Or can Respawn?

 
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10. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 11:18 nin
 

nin I doubt he gives much of a shit. Its the only true way of staying on top.

One of his major cash cows just left. If he's not worried, he's fucking stupid.

Even if they get to keep the brand name, they can't release anything until this is all settled.

The PR show they've been putting on about bonuses says they've been paying attention, and you can bet shareholders are, also.


 
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9. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 11:16 Creston
 
InBlack wrote on Apr 27, 2010, 10:37:
nin I doubt he gives much of a shit. Its the only true way of staying on top. If he wasnt already president I think he would probably get a promotion for screwing things up so badly....

Ain't that the fucking truth. He'll probably get another 5 million dollar bonus.

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8. Re: Infinity Ward Exodus at 26 Apr 27, 2010, 10:47 Lincolns Mullet
 
Yeah something definitely happened. Of all the things IW has done successfully over the years, what's the one denominator that stands out as the exception? Crooked publishers are nothing new, Activision is apparently the first to really suffer for it. I've been in, and seen, dev companies that have been screwed over by publishers. In the company I was in, the publisher cut all funding because we apparently weren't meeting certain milestones in time. Without funding, our company folded shop and ALL rights of the game (3/4th complete) went to the publisher to sell and reap all the profits.

World of business I suppose, but glad to see IW moving on and hopefully evolving out of this mess. To have that many people follow to the new company speaks volumes about the respect and trust they have for the IW founders, and to abandon such a wildly successful franchise as Call of Duty with only the belief they can do just as good or better with a new IP.
 
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