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Activision and Infinity Ward have made headlines over the last few hours starting with the sudden departure of IW studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West later followed by claims of insubordination and talks with rival publishers. With all the chaos that's ensued, the question on everyone's mind is: What's going to happen to Call of Duty?
We have finally received official word from Activision that details future plans for the franchise. It has been confirmed that Zampella and West are no longer with the studio. Activision's chief technology officer Steve Pierce and head of production Steve Ackrich will lead the studio on an interim basis. In addition, a new Call of Duty game has been announced for a 2011 release with no word on Infinity Ward's involvement. Sledgehammer Games, led by Glen A. Schofield and Michael Condrey of Dead Space fame, will develop a new action-adventure title in the Call of Duty franchise.
In addition, Activision has announced a new Treyarch-developed Call of Duty title to release this fall. Finally, the long-awaited DLC for Modern Warfare 2 is currently under Infinity Ward's development with no set release date for the two map packs.
"2010 will be another important year for the Call of Duty franchise," stated Mike Griffith, president and CEO of Activision Publishing. "In addition to continued catalog sales, new downloadable content from Infinity Ward and a new Call of Duty release, we are excited about the opportunity to bring the franchise to new geographies, genres and players."
What are your thoughts on the future of the franchise?
In case you missed all the events prior to the announcement, catch up here.
Screw the new ppl! bring back the regular IW!
I can't believe this is all happening so fast. Really curious to find out what "insubordination" took place...
Well, I wish the best for Vince, Jason, and Infinity Ward as a whole. Good luck guys!
Today, we mourn the passing of yet another landmark studio and a franchise in a double homicide. Activision has been brought in by police for questioning and charges of "imbecility" and "moronic endangerment of a franchise" are being placed against the publisher.
wow i had a feeling that cod MW2 was just a preview for what might have been a game that god would drool over, cod MW3. That plan is now over. This is now a perfect time for DICE to win the hearts of cod fans with the Battlefield franchise
We will miss the goodness that was.
Obviously, we don't know the half of what was going on behind the scenes, but one would think that when a studio routinely puts out some of the most critically and commercially successful titles in video game history, Activision would be very weary of messing with the formula. This seems like a ridiculous risk. Things must have gone haywire behind the curtain...
i hope any publisher who doesn't have their head up their butt and a blank check picks up IW, but just tells them to make a game, no rules or strings attached. Microsoft or EA are my thoughts on who could probably put up the cash.
Hmmmmmmm, well, wait, WAIT, if there's definitely one good thing we can take from this, it's that now Infinity ward, after 4 COD games, can finally move on to something else. And I'm interested to see a COD game in the direction of a new company, despite what has happened.
to those questioning the insubordination, sounds like their meeting with other publishers constituted breach of contract, though it also appears they acted after activision did the same by withholding royalties. hence all the talk of legal proceedings. who says video games aren't big business? and on the release date of bfbc2! talk about poor timing.
This really worries me. I don't want to see someone that has not been a part of the franchize pushed in on a sequel. They have not been in the loop like infinity ward has and there is the potential that the game could change completely and not in the good way.
CoD already sucks. This will have no impact on its quality.
Um, I am not sure if everyone at Activision knows this (they probably do based on the recent outbreak of events at IW), but Activision DOESN'T OWN THE RIGHTS to the CoD franchise, Infinity Ward (its creator) does, and their contract is going to expire before ANY "Holiday 2010" OR "2011" release date. It is real proof that a company just wants more money when they announce they will release lots of new games that they won't even have the rights to.
Well Infinity Ward... we've been through alot together... I wish them the best and I hope that they take back over Call of Duty again. As for Activision, GO SUCK A Dick! THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GOOD AT!
Uh oh. I am confused. I know the basics but this is really confusing me. Did Activision let Infinity Ward go? Or did Infinity Ward leave? Can someone help me! Comment on my page or something.
Gosh. Sounds to me like an example of business getting in the way of games. I can't imagine the CoD franchise will be able to match its past success with a new developer.
Something must have really gone bad because I don't think Activision would completely overlook Infinity Ward's success with the franchise when making these decisions. I'm hoping there is more to this than what we know, otherwise I'll have to call all this a bonehead of a decision.
I'm planning on trading in my MW2 later this afternoon. Can't support a company that rewards unprecedented success with betrayal and layoffs. Activision has been cutthroat money grabbers for a while now, but this is the last straw.
Now what will be really hard is resisting Star Craft 2....