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Infinity Ward Continuing To Fall Apart, According to Source

by Ben Reeves on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM

At this point the general atmosphere at Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward has to be pretty tense. The details regarding ex-studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella’s lawsuit with Activision are pretty much common knowledge at this point. Then more of the studio’s employees left when the duo formed Respawn studios and signed a deal with EA. However, it sounds like fallout from this nuclear blast will continue to result in developer casualties for a while longer.

According to a source close to Kotaku, the management at Activision “never saw this coming. They can't believe what's going on. At first they gave us some bulls*** about moving up payments of all the money they owe us to sooner increments. That was when [designer] Todd [Alderman] and [engineer] Frank [Gigliotti] left. But with the announcement of Respawn and all the people leaving, they just got there [sic] heads in their hands."

All told, more than a dozen employees have cleaned out their desks at Infinity Ward, which is a pretty good chunk of people for a developer that was less than 100 people to begin with. Activision hasn’t responded to queries regarding the state of Infinity Ward, but we have to wonder what this will mean for the studio’s future and the Modern Warfare franchise in general.

According to Kotaku’s source, “IW as you know it is dead...and it will continue to crumble. There are a lot more veterans who are definitely going to leave."