When ousted Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella announced their own new studio -- and a publishing deal with Electronic Arts -- few people were surprised.
The publisher who sacked the pair, Activision, accuses them of "insubordination", painting a portrait of two studio founders so eager to strike out on their own that they'd talk secretly with the company's biggest rival.
But today, as West and Zampella talk to Gamasutra on the morning they announce Respawn Entertainment, the pair beg to differ. "I don't know that that's a fair assessment," Zampella says. "We were fired! Once we were fired, we got a lot of interest in publishers, and trying to figure out what we were going to do next."