Infinity Ward No Longer Doing Call of Duty?

Infinity Ward may be finished with Call of Duty.

After the massive public spat with founders Jason West and Vince Zampella, Activision has found itself losing staff members from the studio at a rapid pace as they flee to West and Zampella’s newly-created Respawn Studios at EA.

In an interview with VG247, Activision’s Executive Vice President of Studios, David Stohl, essentially admitted that Infinity Ward may be done with Call of Duty, the franchise it founded. “We’re not saying [whether Infinity Ward will continue to be a Call of Duty studio]. There is definitely a strong shooter philosophy there, for sure. And I think there’s a short and long-term view on the whole thing. But I think we’re rebuilding a studio that can go off a build great new franchises in the future.”

It’s rumored that Modern Warfare 3 is still being worked on, most likely by Activision’s Call of Duty-only studio, Sledgehammer Games, but it most certainly isn’t being developed by Infinity Ward. The once powerful studio may be absorbed into Treyarch or Sledgehammer, or it will most certainly begin work on another series.

The public fight over the rights to Call of Duty, compensation, and creative control with West and Zampella left a huge blemish on Activision’s public image. Already considered by many gamers to be a money-hungry, sequel-spewing machine, Activision quickly became the bad guys as details of lawsuits came out. The allegations included forcing Infinity Ward to create Call of Duty games when they wanted to work on a new IP, withholding royalty payments not only to West and Zampella, but to the staff as well, and making workers break down in tears during harsh interrogations.

Whatever happens to Infinity Ward, their mark on the industry is permanent in terms of both leaving a mark with the fantastic series they created, and also showing why studios should be given creative control.

Source: VG247