It seems that today may have been an exceptionally bad day for Activision as 7 more developers have left Infinity Ward.
That's going to hurt.
I can't imagine that they can keep going with Modern Warfare 3, or at least they won't be on schedule. Even when they do get back up and running it won't be the same. Can't wait to see what Respawn puts out.
Perhaps more than the last one, even. How many of you will have it on your trophy/ achievement lists by this time next year? Try not to be hypocrites and remember this disappointment when the next COD turd get's shat upon us. Do your duty as a consumer and leave it to rot on the shelf. The ONLY thing that corporations understand is money, and what we (consumers) chose to do with it. You want to make a statement, don't buy the game. Sorry if that sounded rude, but gamers can be a pretty unmotivated when it comes to social causes :)
Well i guess ... they are going to work with ... Respawn Entertainment (Electronic Arts).
I hope it hurts Activision. I don't consider this a loss for Infinity Ward. They are free to gravitate towards Respawn Action. They'll still be the same old guys with a new name. I am not too concerned about Activision's brother EA since they seem to be a little less evil these days. Hell, even DICE stood up to them and made sure Map packs stayed free
But much like the PC boycotters. im sure everyone will buy it.
kinda feels like a guild break up. and if it's anything like a guild break up...the newly formed guild (company) will likely fail after the first release.
You're saying we should pre-emptively ban the next Call of Duty game because you KNOW it's going to be trash? Isn't that a little hasty? I mean, I expect the game to suck as well, but I'm still going to keep an open mind about it until it releases and we actually know if it's good or bad. What if, by some slight chance, the next CoD that IW releases happens to be a great game and does a service to Call of Duty fans everywhere? Am I supposed to boycott it just because of the mistakes of this MW2?
I never meant to conjecture or assume that the next Call of Duty game would be either good or bad. I've never enjoyed COD myself, so to me, the whole series is rather "turdish". That opinion does not apply to everyone else and their satisfaction with the series. I was saying that if you, as a gamer and a consumer are truly appalled by Activision and this whole scandal, that you should, on principle, probably not purchase the next COD. To do so, and then come on N4G (or wherever) and post your disdain makes you look rather flippant. That's what I was saying. If you are disgusted by Activision's practices, take your money elsewhere. Period. Hope that clears things up.
This is so ugly. Money is ugly.
You deny people their need to be creative. Demand more of the same thing every day. Deny them any ownership of something they created. Hold back on their bonuses. Money they need to make up for their low pay. And then fire their friends under shaky circumstances. I guess Activision didn't realize that even though they may own the studio they don't own they people or their talent. Of course Modern Warfare 3 is going to suffer lead designers have the title for a reason. Expect massive delays or a so so game.
i wouldnt be surprised if they change the name of the company...its basically a shell of its former self....from this point on Treyarch will probably make better games...yet everyone played down their games since they only did WW II, yet that is how IW started out what would make sense is if they actually had Treyarch continue the MW series since they understand the mechanics and graphics having borrowed it from the 1st MW we will see when both companies release their games to see if these employee losses will actually be detrimental to the game...until then, its only speculation
When they lose their lawsuit ( ex IW people ) and Activision wins theirs which no doubt will happen, They will probably have restrictions on the type of game they can make and it cannot be in competition with any Activision game...Why do you think they are in such a rush to get things going...these court cases take yrs...Don't be surprise if Activision gets an injunction against these idiots...plus 50% of any profits from whatever game they make....watch and see...these guys are giving Activision all the proof they need.... People love to hate Activision, but everything Activision has said has come true...they were talking to EA ( former employer )Activision claims that they wanted to leave with COD franchise ( wishful thinking ) and all the employee's from IW...of course the contract is iron clad so they get fired for insubordination...now they are working for EA and have taken several key employee's with them...this will get ugly......uglier for these two greedy idiots.... If MW2 fell on it face, who would lose IW or Activision... exactly....Activision foots the bill for EVERYTHING...their salaries, all production and promotions and advertising....more will come out as the court case gets going....This is all about greed and these 2 idiots from infinity ward.... BTW, anybody who thinks these guy were underpaid are crazy...they just signed a huge contract BEFORE MW2 came out...LOL...COD MW1 was huge...wait till the court transcripts come out...you will see clearly who was the greedy party....EA has promised these 2 guys the world and they took the bait...plain an simple....
Might be a good read.
Remember how Infinityward was created by a bunch of angry devs leaving EA to make their own game.... Watch how it happens again as they all leave Activision for another start up.
So absurd....Look at the chaos and destruction Activision has caused to such a talented and otherwise stable development company. You deserve it Activision. You wanted Infinity Ward to be yours, you wanted to withhold royalties, you want to be evil...this is what you get.
IW is too good for them, activision is like $$$ and quality later,IW has a tremendous talent and a truly inspiring studio, one of a kind what happened is really crazy, I mean no one expected this to happen IW was my one of my favorite studios in this generation, cod4 and mw 2 are truly amazing, last time I logged into mw2, saw more than 600000 playing, it's phenomenal what a sad day for gamers
I think it's safe to say that Infinity Ward is no more...
Agreed. And so is the end of me buying any further Call of Duty/Modern Warfare games. IW was the only reason I put $$$ into the franchise. Come to think of it, it is the only Activision title I actually buy anymore. I look forward to whatever Respawn does.
yep. first thing that came to my mind after reading this. Maybe they will release the Modern Warfare 2 Game of the Year Edition for quick $$$ first before dropping the ball.
Boom boom boom you reap what you sow also bobby how do you like them apples you fat f*cker
what will the militarists sow for their support of war crime?
http://www.youtube.com/watc... Abandon ship!
You will be missed. <3 COD4 and COD2
COD 1, 2 and 4 were shining gems in the gaming industry. Can't say the same for MW2. Hopefully Respawn will make something more like the earlier COD's without all the gimmicky multiplayer crap MW2 has.
They can all leave who cares, Activision still has the MW code/formula whatever, the treyarch guys already know how to copy and paste it MW games are coming out faster now because of IW's stupidity, MW will get milked to prove a point now, to diss IW to say "hey look it sells like crazy even without you fools" Kotick wins in this situation, the old IW devs are going to feel like fools when their next game doesn't sell like MW games.
No one pays $60 for a map pack because that's exactly what you would be getting. When it comes to MW, people want more for their money. They were already criticized for a short campaign, glitchy gameplay, and more of the same. I am sure the next will sell but not like MW2. If they release another afterwards, the sales will continue to drop. If Respawn makes a game, the heading would clearly say "FROM THE CREATORS OF MODERN WARFARE" That alone will sell units. Especially if people go into GameStop to buy the game and you hear that's not from the same people...sales will fall. It would be great if some of the staff were assigned to the DICE Studio
Even if Infinity Ward does not win back the Modern Warfare rights I hope that at least Activision ends up to at least being forced to pay them. That would be enough to make them cry
IW is dead RED DEAD WOOW CAN'T WAIT!
The name officially means NOTHING now.
Well done, Activision. You've officially alienated nearly an ENTIRE STAFF. Well done.
Activision still has a backup CoD for 2011 they will probably have treyarch do MW3 in 2012 and use the remaining IW developers to help with that.
Okay not to be an ass but who the hell is going to make it, treyarc is making a vietnam cod, i believe scheduled for this year, sledgehammer games is that even an actual studio outside of a name activision created? 20 out of 100 infinity ward employees are gone, 20% of iw staff has left, more than half of those that left were the leadership/leads of their departments. Infinity ward as an effective studio is dead/in limbo atm, activision can try to slap bandages over a severed primary arterie, but any more slashes and iw will bleed out. So how many more people will leave iw before the month is up, and if the treyarc guys have any sense they will start examining their options. Because if activision is stupid enough to do this to iw, what makes anyone believe they wouldn't pull the same thing to treyarc or other devs. I don't doubt activision can throw a game togather in a little over a year, and slap the cod name on it, but i doubt it will be a real/full cod game.
At this rate the toilet cleaner will be making the game.
I think even the janitor abandoned ship and went to respawn, lol.
I had respect for Infinity Ward I don't know whether it was Activision or Infinity Ward but after they betrayed PC that's the gamers that made their company successful I really did not care for them, If it was all Activision doing then good for them leaving over the last months For me I only became a PC gamer in 2007 and the community is the best in gaming and for developer to sh!t on the fans that made them is terrible, so glad to see Valve the only real company that does things for its community
is there still people in this sinking ship ??? how many went away already lol ?
Wow. Activision's only going to own a name at this rate.
That's enough for the masses. Do you think the average 15 year old kid knows anything about Infinity War? They just know CALL OF DUTY. They could release anything made by anyone, call it Call of Duty and the f*cker will sell.
The still have blizzard but Activison sucks balls
Activision doesn't need much people. Just a few texture artists who change the skins in MW2 every year and it's ready to be sold as a new game.
good for Them Activation is B*tch
I could care less about multiplayer or graphics at this point, they are both over rated anymore. But in terms of story I am concerned about mw3.....I want mw3 for the sole purpose of keeping and hopfully finishing the story. I want it to end with mw3 but at the least make 3 and not leave us with mw2 and a cliff hanger and never finish the story...
Infinity Ward were sellouts anyway, they allowed themselves to be bought by Activision in the first place. Unfortunately more and more smaller companies are being bought up and it's really sad they can't stay independent. Big business tends to ruin things in more ways than one.
also allows smaller companies to stay a float. The business world isnt Kumbayah and everyone holds hands.
Respawn Entertainment should quickly hire em!
Lol, talking about poor Infinity Ward like it still exists, the name might be there, and they might be able to fill it in with new staff But we all know, Activision killed Infinity Ward, and thats why Activision get 0% respect.
Great to see was great is falling apart. Im not being sarcastic. itsfor the better anyways, lets see what they can come up with now.
NOW there is a true 25 killstreak...Activision is on the AC130's radar. Boooom!
Folks, Medal of Honor kept going after the soon-to-be-IW guys left EA, even though they comprised most of the dev team. It took the MoH franchise *years* to recover. It wasn't until the recent MoH:Airborne game that it could even come close to Call of Duty. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised to see the Respawn/ex-IW take the reigns of a new Medal of Honor title, either, since they are under contract with EA -- possibly creating a title during off years, when the team currently working on the new MoH is busy on the next game.
I can't wait for Respawn's first game. =]
Activision may have made other developers reluctant to work with them too, everyone says average Joe won't care about this and probably doesn't even know who IW is, and they are probably right. But I'd say a whole lot of developers do and they'll certainly think their options through when dealing with Activision in the future.
Does this mean Medal of Honor is poised to become the definitive military shooter now?
never about the gamers with COD games.thats why EVERYONE is getting on the GREATEST FPS E V E R made.......BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAD COMPANY 2!!!
because i want to see how bad that game is going to be
Infinity Ward =/= Infinity Ward Activision, i trully hope that your past actions will cause you a lot of payback, because you greedy bastards dont deserve better
too bad activsion, good luck respawn.
i guess holding down on their bonus plan fail
Has a big sign out front that says HIRING. Imagine if EA placed them in DICE's studio just to f-ck Activision. That would be a major blow. I have to admit...I have more fun with BFBC2. Their team deathmatch is more intense and you fear running out in the open like a moron because someone is always watching. If you dont work as a team, you will never win. A team of snipers or assault soldiers will never beat a well balanced team with engineers and medics included.
People loose their jobs all the time, some people can't even get a job because their are very few around, what makes these guys more important or newsworthy than other people?
I love Modern Warfare 2-- still playing it today-- it's fun & the online portion of the game keeps me coming back for more every time. I played Bad Company 2 & didn't like the graphics or online-- at all. Too bad these guys have to go ahead & screw up a good thing-- again-- aaaaaargh!!!
And MW4 will sell well enough to warrent the 5th: It will take 3 bad modern warfare games for the IP to go down.
You don't see this happening to any of Sony's first party or second studios party studios, you don't see Bioware flipping off EA, so what's going on over there? I think it's probably a case of Activision being greedy and the IW heads/employees telling them they deserve better and acting upon it (and rightfully so, their games have been topping the charts this gen). IW's talent and experience is worth something and I don't think Activision really understands that. I am a bit worried about Respawn Action though, I hope they don't go the way of Flagship Studios. That place had some serious potential but never really made it anywhere.
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