Infinity Ward Dead?
1up.com posted this video earlier today. It shows what I believe is the end credits of Modern Warfare 2 with the names of those who have been fired or left the company in the last couple of weeks crossed out. I don’t know if you’ve been following this news, but Infinity Ward (Call of Duty series developers for the 2 people who may not know) executives Jason West and Vincent Zampella were recently fired from Activision and have since formed their own studio called Respawn Entertainment.
Since then, employees have been resigning from Infinity Ward. Notice how most of their job titles have the word “lead” in front of them. Also, almost all of their writing staff said goodbye. So the only people left are the ones who have been working under the leadership of all the current staff who are jumping ship. Is this staff leaving for Respawn Entertainment? Nothing has been said. I would hope so though.
I’m sure Infinity Ward isn’t technically dead. The company will have to hire 11 new employees and have completely new leadership. Will it be the same Infinity Ward without these key individuals? Only time will tell. I guess we’ll find out when Modern Warfare 3 takes in trillions. All I can say is that I hope Activision has learned something about how to keep those they hold dear closely. Probably not.