Activision: Infinity Ward Still Has 'Deep Bench' Of Talent

As fired Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella confirmed the founding of their new studio Respawn Entertainment, former parent Activision said Infinity Ward is still a viable studio, even without the two former heads.

Respawn's first major agreement is a publishing deal with Activision rival Electronic Arts. "This agreement comes as no surprise to Activision given the myriad of improper activities detailed in the cross-complaint filed on Friday against Jason West and Vince Zampella," Activision told Gamasutra in a statement.

The company added, "We look forward to continuing to work with Infinity Ward's deep bench of proven talent on exciting new projects."

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FishCake9T43167d ago

IW's only blip was MW2 but even that was the best selling game of this gen. I have no doubts that they could create a game good as COD1,2 or 4 again.

TotalPS3Fanboy3167d ago

that they can reach into gamers' wallets and take take all their money without them even noticing it.

King_of _the_Casuals3166d ago

What else would Activision say??? They would never be honest and say, IW is not as talented as they usto be. I hate Activision!

Pennywise3167d ago

Your starting team couldn't make a game that wasn't riddled with glitches... I'm sure your bench team will be worse.

Nineball21123167d ago (Edited 3167d ago )

LOL... good analogy Pennywise.

So far, I think 6 ppl have left so their "deep bench" is starting to get a bit shallow.

But don't worry... Activision will be able to get ppl in there. How successful they'll be is a completely different story, but still...

Pennywise3167d ago (Edited 3167d ago )

I do have to give the IW guys props... They were trying to get away from Activision.... but, I remember reading stories about how IW turned down massive amounts of budget money that would of been very useful in ironing out some of their problems. That turned out bad...

joydestroy3166d ago

actually 9 have left already lol

Baka-akaB3166d ago


Precisely , wich is why i'm annoyed by claims that Activision screwed MW2 with pressure .

Unless everything they said was a lie , the problem lied with money and making mw3 too soon .

They were more than happy to develop mW2 as is , and indeed turned down more fund for their games , and chosen to keep going with the cod4 engine .

Nineball21123166d ago

@ joydestroy... 9! Wow, they keep leaving. I can't keep up with it all. haha...

There is a case study in management/teams/game development in this whole story that will be discussed for many years to come, I think.

-MD-3166d ago (Edited 3166d ago )

10 have left so far from my count. Activision will be screaming about their benched talent to the very end.

Tyetan3166d ago

I'm just guessing, but I believe Infinity Ward was seeking greater profit sharing in lieu of a higher budget. Activision was probably trying to bilk them out of their royalties by offering them more cash up front. It makes sense because 5 percent on top of their salaries probably dwarfed the budget Activision offered them. Oh Bobby K. you swindler you.

Brklynty13166d ago

That same thing came to mind. I'm like "Wtf? Your relying on your bench? Your starters put out a freakin glitchfest of a game." XD beat me to it.

RonRico3166d ago

Maybe these bench-warmers will come with a fresh approach, and not pump out MW2.5

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monkpunk13166d ago

Bobby Kotick "You vill verk or zer vill be consequences (gun clicks)"

IW staff "yes mein furher, we promise will carry on sucking money out of our customers"

Bobby "das good ya"

Adexus3166d ago (Edited 3166d ago )

Lmao, hilarious, that brightened up my day.

120FPS3166d ago

The headline missed off the ending

It should have read "Infinity ward still has a deep bench of talent, who now work for E.A under the alias of respawn entertainment"

BubbleSystemSuck3166d ago

Contract Aaron Greenberg... he is the best at Brain Washing

"(insert text) is the Best (insert text) on all platforms this generation so far"

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