Lead designers Zied Reike and Steve Fukuda, as well as programmer Rayme Vinson, have left ailing Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward, according to "sources close to the studio" speaking with Kotaku.
@ Kotick. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
I think this is for the best, the 2 bosses who got fired made Respawn Entertainment and IW employees are resigning. Hope every 1 in IW resigns and goes to Respawn Entertainment.
Kotick kicked himself in the balls with not paying the IW peeps. It paid off though - the sheeple bought Modern Glitchfare 2, and they seem to be enjoying their time trying out all the glitches so he got all that money. Unfortunately, I love Blizzard's games so I'll be picking up Diablo 3 next year, but I will never spend my money on an Activision game after all of this crap he's put people through.
Same thing here, hate Activision, love Blizzard's games, will buy Diablo 3 IF it comes out next year. Oh! and StarCraft 2 Beta is love love love.
I'm right there with you, I hope all of them quit and go to Respawn! The only thing I don't like is Respawn are directly tied to EA. But I hate Bobby Kotick more than I dislike EA, so f it!
yep agreed mooey, just starcraft 2 and diablo 3 for me. just too bad blizzard has activition in its name but anyways. i have never purchased any activision title this gen (yes including call of duty as i'm not into fps). i hope respawn entertainment will try out something new and not fps this time. but its just me.
What's funny is that it's almost like he shot his cash cow himself. Suits him right. Greedy fvck. I hope ultimately he gets fired over this, too. The industry would be better without him.
I bet he's feeling the sting of this epic fail now...goodbye, Activision, goodbye Kotick. You suck donkey balls, and now everyone knows it. BTW: I might be trading in my COD discs. Battlefield BC2 is awesomely better with vehicles and a completely destructible environment.
Maybe we'll get lucky and the whole studio will disband.
Yah I hope activition loses all of its IW employees.
Says Bobby => "We hired a new (cheaper, inexperienced) dev team so I can guarantee all our loyal fans that Cod for 2011 will remain exactly the same - and I mean glitch for glitch."
i can bet you 100 freaking virtual dollars once the remaining IW employees get their owed royalty checks they are gonna jump ship faster than the people on the titanic
100 virtual dollars huh lol...... heres $1,000,000 virtual dollars for you. Don't spend them all at once :)
You've never been in a lawsuit before, have you? Activision is not planning on paying anyone any royalties. The best chance anyone has of getting any money is by jumping ship NOW and filing a class action lawsuit for those royalties which should have been paid long ago. By the looks of it, that's what's happening.
Agree 1,000,000 percent!
The original 2 who were fired signed with EA already :(
No they didn't. Most of the OG IW crew is made up of ex-EA people from the medal of honor series. They did not go back after this debacle with Activision.
EA will be producing games from "respawn entertainment" which is the studio they built/are building.
respawn is an independent studio with an exclusive publishing deal with ea. in other words they have complete creative freedom.
hope them the best
you know the thing about rats and a sinking ship? they are still rats.
...they are human beings who have ethics. (the ones that are following their friends, that is.)
People aren't rats, and a crappy job is not a ship.
what happens to modern warfare series then
Zapella(or whatever) and west are suing acti for 30 mil in royalties and the right to the Modern Warfare brand. God I hope they win it, MW3 published by EA For the freakin WIN!
I'm telling you the minute their royalty check comes, the kick over their computer and tell kotick to go suck one. Hell I'd tell him more than that if it were me.
There's a lot of people who are (now) bashing on MW2 for being a buggy game, with glitches all over the place. At the same time people are all excited that the IW people are finally leaving, hopefully, they believe, to form their own company and start making games again. So, Activision is bad, former IW employees are good, right? Just remember, it's these IW employees who made MW2 the glitchfest it is; Activision didn't make the game. Keep that in mind.
This is true. But it's just so funny seeing Activision losing their cash cow lol.
darkseid - that's what happen when royalties were not paid. but am not implying that IW did this on purpose, morale might be low so that stuff happened.
Dark is right, I for one couldn't care less if both IW and Activision explode, the only I got from Activision this entire gen was COD4 and it bombed hard, one of my worst buys this gen, played it for like 6 months just to have a laugh with friends and still don't know what so great about it, we spent more time complaining of lag, glitchers, crappy lobby, low player count (my clan have like 60 people, any night we could fill two or three rooms easily), crappy maps, unballanced weapons and perks...
We as gamers hold IW responsible but the reality is Activision pulled the strings. They made the deadline and forced IW to release the game prematurely across 3 platforms. IW founders were being insubordinate about things tied to directly to the end result, they new the game was going to be a glitch fest and that the consumers were not getting what they paid for. Activision does not want new, they just want money and with guaranteed releases year in year out they will get that no matter what the cost to the consumer. but remember quality and risk (IE New IP's) will be the first 2 things to go out the window 2 things IW bosses were not happy about.
@Logichurtsfanboys: Yeah, I agree. Despite what I said, I have absolutely no love nor respect for Activision anymore. It's gotten to the point for me where, whenever I see the name "Bobby," regardless who it is, I immediately think of that jerkoff in charge of Activision and instantly get mad. I think that's a bad sign.
Infinity Ward is confusing. I can't really see the line where their decisions ended and Activision's decisions started. Like, was it Activision that said, screw PC gamers - no dedicated servers or anything fun for you, or was it actually IW that took on the Activision mentality of not caring about their fanbase. I guess we'll see exactly how much influence Activision had on MW2 when we have our hands on the first game from Respawn Entertainment. I feel they need to earn our trust back. I know I won't pick it up until I know for a fact that it's actually a quality game, and not being given premature 10s.
Good, the more talent activision loses the better, people will still buy the next game like crazy, but when it's even worse then the glitchfest 2 they MIGHT not fall for it again...
omg respawn and dice working together would be CRAZYYY!!!! :D the future looks promising for EA they will be getting alot more of my money now
Woohoo! F#ck Activision!
They created a CRAPPY, GLITCHY game! They know this! And if you now anything about corporate business... They didn't leave on their own, they were asked to leave. As for the unpaid royalties... Seriously now! Would you pay royalties to your workers if they created a game that is getting this much negative attention?!?!? NO!!!
you are a moron
It's not about being glitchy, etc. It's about being treated like a worthless slave and less like a valued employee. I hope these people find their way over to Respawn and make a game that would make Activision SCREAM in agony.
Yes! Yes, I am!!! You got a problem with it!?!?
Meh!!! But I've seen worse.
At this rate there won't be anyone left at IW and all COD games will have to be made by Treyarch and that other dev. In the end i think that IW will just be a name blowing in the wind and every member will have 'Respawned' at Respawn Entertainment. Ether way Activision is screwed.
If Treyarch does get to make all the COD games, I really won't mind.. I'll actually buy them and keep them. MW2 I traded in pretty quickly, while World at War I've kept and I still play it quite a bit. Not even just the multiplayer, I like co-op campaign and Nazi Zombies. Plus, look at all the map packs they released, and they weren't only multiplayer maps, but Nazi Zombie maps too. They really care about their fans, and what they want. Plus, they didn't screw over PC gamers. None of those are things are true about MW2. Spec Ops isn't even very fun, I'd much rather have had a co-op campaign. Gogo Treyarch. Based on World at War, they are definitely an A-Team. Not a B-Team, like EA claims. I hope they can keep it up. Plus, if Treyarch can be all about fan service, and awesomeness, and not have the glitchy-est game ever, and have dedicated servers for PC gamers, and they're owned by Activision, how come IW can't do anything like that? Maybe they just slip under the radar in Activision, I don't know.. I don't really understand.
So how many lead/higher lvl guys are left at iw, at this rate, iw might not have any non-activision appointed leaders, before too much longer. The more employees that leave iw, the longer mw3 will be postponed, and maybe dropped entirely, if activision loses their court case. I wonder if activision will have any iw employees left at iw's studio, come october.
According to IW's wikipedia, there are (were) "nearly 100" employees.
I guess there are no "non-compete" contracts in the gaming industry?
I guess from what I understood, IW had no rights to royalties because they were employees of Activision. Is this not the case? If they were never told they were getting royalties, and then one day they decided they wanted royalties, what is their arguement? Like I said, maybe I had bad info about this...
What wont IW pay them in the first place?? Wasnt this stuff in contract ahead of time... The game sold like 10 million on each system should be boatloads of money to go around...
1) Every job has a nocompete clause in it. Hell even my sales job does. Merely talking to EA would have been enough to give Activision rights to instantly terminate both of them. 2) Activision has the Blizzard cash cow, which btw doesnt seem to be forced to push out games on deadlines, so I fail to see how IW would have been the same way. Given the crap IW pulled on the PC Gaming side of the fence, and their refusal even to talk to gamers about it, I dont believe Activision had much, if anything to do with the fact that MW2 was glitchy. Given the lack of a beta test for the game (and look at the fact that blizzard does extensive beta testing of the game), I think it was a studio decision to not beta test the game, as the studio didnt want gamers to realize ahead of time how glitchy the game was.
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