Submitted by drummerx2709 1986d ago | news

More Infinity Ward staffers leave, join Respawn

Joystiq: The siphon that delivers Infinity Ward expatriates to Vince Zampella and Jason West's new company Respawn Entertainment appears to have been primed. Two more have joined the new studio: senior software engineer Chris Lambert and designer Brent McLeod are new hires at the new EA Partners-funded studio, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

In addition to those two, three more have left Infinity Ward. (Dev)

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drummerx2709  +   1986d ago
This situation is similar to what happened with Tecmo/Team Ninja. Itagaki was owed royalties from Dead or Alive 4 from Tecmo. Tecmo didn't want to pay him. So, Itagaki left and took lots of his crew with him and they started their own company, Valhalla Game Studios.

History repeats itself my friends. Note to game companies: Pay your developers what they deserve.

Respawn is the new Infinity Ward.
TheColbertinator  +   1986d ago
I also blame Activision for threatening their development freedom similar to how EA ruined Westwood,Origin and Pandemic,three of the most promising developers the industry ever saw.
Redrum059  +   1986d ago
activision and EA deserve to burn to the ground
Godmars290  +   1986d ago
Tecmo had a change of leadership, Itagaki didn't like how things where looking and left, then later sued for back pay after a few of his loyalist also quit. A couple of Yakuza guys were not seen shortly before he was disappeared on orders from a long standing management.
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drummerx2709  +   1986d ago
Ok, so maybe the situation I described isn't really that similar. But you guys get the point. Respawn will basically become the new Infinity Ward. Hopefully we'll see some good games come out of this situation.
Bnet343  +   1986d ago
Oh yeah I was going to say the same thing. When Itagaki left Team Ninja and all the good devs from there followed him. lol at Redrum's comment.
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Godmars290  +   1986d ago
"When Itagaki left Team Ninja and all the good devs from there followed him."
How do you come to that conclusion when we've yet to see an Itagaki title post Team Ninja?

Come to that, given how bug ridden MW2 was, what says "Infinity Ward" isn't going to do any better under a different name?
AAACE5  +   1986d ago
I don't remember alot of people following Itagaki from Tecmo, but I may be wrong!

I still don't like EA that much, but I hate Activision. So i'm glad to see more people leave and that Bobby Kotick dude!
DRUDOG  +   1986d ago
@Colbert, don't forget Bullfrog as well...
Elven6  +   1986d ago
Godmars: No, Itagaki was fired from his job by his boss weeks before he was supposed to leave the company, Itagaki then sued Tecmo because they owed him money from Dead or Alive 4 and the CEO was apparently making slanderous remarks about it in front of other Team Ninja staff.



Unlike Tecmo, Activision only owed royalties that would have been paid out at the end of the quarter, not ones that they withheld for nearly 3 years!
TreMillz  +   1986d ago
Breaking News!
Tim Johnson, the head janitor at Infinity Ward was said to have resigned today. While at IW, Johnson was incharge of sweeping, mopping and leading the other janitors in the field. He confirmed the news on his Twitter page this afternoon. Activision has yet to respond with a comment on another key departure.

On topic: Yea Call of Duty is dying a slow death. 3 games in 2 years? Depseration is a bad thing folks.
Hill_billy  +   1986d ago
"activision and EA deserve to burn to the ground"
EA has since redeemed themselves and is evident in the games they are currently releasing. It truly started with Dead Space and a few others a couple years ago. Activision however will need to see the light before I buy anything from them at this time. Can't wait for the first Respawn game, I am sure it will knock the ball out of the park.
mrdxpr2  +   1986d ago
Soo mostly little by little piece by piece infinity ward is getting back together but with a diferent name and under a new publisher yeah... sucks for activision.
CryWolf  +   1986d ago
Activision is to blame about this Infinity Ward is gone a lot of good staffers are leaving because of activision dummies.
badz149  +   1986d ago
now we'll get an exact clone of CoD but this time developed by respawn and published by EA! just what all the sheep need! /s
jdktech2010  +   1986d ago
The question is though of how much MW2 was Activision stepping in and how much was IW own ideas.....it's probably somewhere in the middle

We know the DLC pricing was ALL activision
badz149  +   1986d ago
pricing is all AV
but making the game was all IW! every single glitch and broken mechanic in MW2 are all IW!
solar  +   1986d ago
sleep with the devil, you are going to be burned. hopefully Valve stays indy. we, as a whole for the gaming industry need indy dev's that are willing to take risks without a big publisher overseeing development.
Unknown  +   1986d ago
The new IW
For starters, just because MW2 was buggy doesn't mean that IW sucks. Let me say this another way....IW has a PROVEN history of making quality games. One buggy game that is better than 90% of the games out today doesn't make the developer...suck. Itagaki didn't leave TECMO because he didn't like the direction of management. He left because he was geting screwed out of his money. READ the articles that description that situation. If you do, you'll notice that both Itagaki and IW both released a sub par sequel to their orginal game and they were GOING THROUGH ISSUES while they were at work on the their sequel. So what would this tell a logical thinking person? That when you have political BS while developing a game...9 times outta 10 the end product is going to be impacted negatively for one reason or another. Respawn will deliver something innovative just you watch. This could really be good for the OG IW people because they KNOW they're back underdogs and again and need to come out biting HARD.
frankymv  +   1986d ago
So its pretty safe to say that.........
IW is now respawn
Raypture  +   1986d ago
It looks to me like Infinity Ward got fragged by activision with the weapon called no royalties, and now they're respawning. (pun intended)
4lc4pon3  +   1986d ago
I can see that Activision has screwed themselves. Its about damn time people figured out that Activision is nothing but Crap and Control freaks.

This is what they get for screwing over the people that made them. Im glad to see more and more leave. Activision states that they are not Hurting and what not but you know damn well the people that left are extremely talented and will be hard to replace.

I hope Respawn does their thing without having someone looking over their shoulder telling the Developers No No No and this time Yes Yes Yes. I can see the COD series Crumbling & I can see something innovative coming out of Respawn/EA
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chasegarcia  +   1986d ago
Respawn is not the new IW
frankymv  +   1986d ago
how do you figure?
psycho360  +   1986d ago
If majority of the people are same and the project leader is the same so expect samish games from these guys. Case in point bungie. WHat have they done to improve in their fps series? Forget the gameplay innovation, the graphics havne't been significantly improved since the original xbox game. Using same cartoonish charcters and sounds from 5+ years back.

It is always better to get new programmers on board for creative ideas.
sak500  +   1986d ago
Of all the times i got thrown out of online play of cod6 im glad the bug finally hit home. now we can expect 2 cod clones a year. Bf:bc2 ftw...
Gamer_Z  +   1986d ago
this isn't even Infinity Ward anymore it may have the same name but not the same people
ktchong  +   1986d ago
It's not even the end of the month yet...
Most employees wait and quit their jobs on the last day of the month. The 30th will be a day of infamy for Activison/Infinity Ward.
DarkSpawnClone  +   1985d ago
what/who the heck is respawn,i always liked IW but i hated that they only made cod games i wanted to see more form them,oh well maybe with respawn

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