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This interview on IndustryGamers talks with Vince Zampella, Jason West, and EA Partners head David DeMartini about just announced plans for Respawn Entertainment, a new developer being run by former Infinity Ward bosses Zampella and West. They describe how they came to land at EA after being fired by Activision and how happy they are to get back to the business of making games, though what sort of games they plan is not clear, as David DeMartini explains they've bought a pig in a poke: "We've entered into a relationship with Respawn without any predisposition about what kind of game they're going to be making. I think identifying their game as a shooter is taking a leap without any connecting of the dots. With regards to what it says to the internal EA teams, it just means that we're focused on making great games and last year we had a great year with our Metacritic higher than ever and our on-time delivery better than ever. What this is really all about isn't where the game gets made, whether internally or externally; it's about delivering something at the highest level of quality when we said we'd deliver it. What we're trying to do as a strategy at EA is deliver fewer things of higher quality with greater focus, because that's what the market is truly responding to. I think that's what this announcement is really all about." There's also an interview on Eurogamer where the same trio answers much the same questions. They also ask for a reaction to Activision's accusations that Modern Warfare 3 is being "held hostage" by the former Infinity Ward developers, to which Zampella responds: "False and outrageous and that's all we really have to say about it."
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