Rumor: Activision Bounces Infinity Ward Studio Leaders
Infinity Ward, developers of the well received and best selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, might be in a bit of turmoil with their publisher Activision. According to reports Activision is trying to get rid of studio founders due to "breaches of contract" and "insubordination."
Jason West and Vince Zampella both met with Activision on Monday morning, but neither was seen since that meeting by any Infinity Ward employees. What makes matters more suspicious is that several "bouncer types" showed up at the IW offices throughout the day, and when approached, refused to answer why they were there.
Because Activision is a publicly owned and traded company they filed a Form 10-k with the SEC which shows the financial condition and staffing changes within the company. It specifically mentions two Infinity Ward employees, not by name, and says that the expected outcome is "departure of key personnel and litigation."
Jason West's Linked in Profile has already been changed to show unemployed.
So what does this mean for the future of the CoD series? It's going to continue trucking on, as we already know a new game will be out this year developed by Treyarch. IW will most likely remain without it's key personnel which will be replaced, and continue making games.
All I know is this doesn't sound very co-op to me. Best of luck to everyone involved.