We’ve been lazy here for a while and have been failing to cover – even mention – the slow crippling and death of the studio that made $558 million in a 5-day span (reportedly exceeding $1 billion in 2 months).
As it goes, Activision had accused the heads at Infinity Ward (Vince Zampella and Jason West) for conspiring against the company from threatening Modern Warfare 2’s early development to creating a studio that goes against Activision’s benefit. Thusly, the publisher had fired Zampella and West in early March. The exiled leadership of Infinity Ward then decided to counter Activision’s attacks with a lawsuit of their own, stating that their release was merely a ploy to withhold the hard-earned royalties gained from Modern Warfare 2’s epic sales.
It is a huge mess and the proverbial case of “he said, she said” at this point – however, the repercussions of this case could very well mean the end of Infinity Ward. Several key members of Infinity Ward’s development team have already up-and-left the company (literally in droves).
Zampella and West have already announced plans to head Respawn Entertainment; signing on with Electronic Arts in the process. Talk about a slap in the face for Activision – although, this move might very well have proven the publisher’s case as truth…
Only time will tell whether Infinity Ward has any future left as it’s own studio. Mergers abound – Activision may just find it best to consolidate their Call of Duty franchise developers (that is Infinity Ward and Treyarch). As for the continued support of Modern Warfare 2; if members of the studio continue to jump ship, it’s not entirely out of the question that downloadable content come from Treyarch. Stopping the flow of content would be a foolish endevour on Activision’s part, as the recently released “Stimulus Package” map-pack has already garnered 2.5 million purchases, shattering Xbox LIVE records in its first week (available exclusively for the Xbox 360 at that point).