Rumour: Infinity Ward Had Been Courting EA, Other Publishers

You've read the lawsuit filed by Infinity Ward's former bosses, now check out an alleged internal Activision memo, which alleges that Call of Duty creators Vince Zampella and Jason West had been flirting with, of all people, Electronic Arts.

The memo, obtained by G4, says that Activision is currently, as part of its own investigations, on the hunt for certain documents related to Infinity Ward's recent conduct. Those are:

-"Documents regarding past, current or future IW projects, including but not limited to any and all businesses analyses of future projects (e.g. Modern Warfare 3)"

- "Documents regarding any potential 'spin out' of IW, including but not limited to any communications with IW employees, West or Zampella regarding forming a new studio independent of Activision"

- "Documents regarding West and Zampella's communications with Activision's competitors, including but not limited to Electronic Arts"

Well well well. Communications with other publishers? Including EA, the same people Zampella and West walked out on in 2002? Link that allegation with the fact the pair believe Infinity Ward held the rights to the "Modern Warfare" brand, and not Activision itself, and things get juicy.

That would certainly explain the to-and-fro over Modern Warfare 2's name. Is it beyond the realms of possibility to suspect that West and Zampella had been seeking a break from Activision that long ago, and calling the game simply "Modern Warfare 2" - a brand they thought IW, and not Activision would own - would be a nice way to maintain momentum if they switched publishers?

No, I don't think it is.

Activision Seeking Internal Documents Related To West, Zampella And...Electronic Arts? [G4]


    Love triangle between EA, DICE and Infinity Ward?

    How credible are G4? They seem to be finding a lot of important/crucial information that no one else is reporting on.

    Pure Speculation without the evidence I say. But what else are you to do with little information? Activision certainly seem to throwing it around a lot lately.

    I hope infinity ward wins

    I ate a big green candle.

    Bet G4 didn't fetch this memo out of a skip, if you know what I mean.

    You know you're a bad publisher when your employees want to go BACK to EA.....

    IW + medal of honour could be very nice :)

    It's funny because once upon a time I would've said they're jumping from the frying pan into the fire...

    But considering how EA has retained some quality in recent times, I'd say this would be a good thing for IW.

    EA over Activision? Lesser of two evils, in this case...

      EA's biggest plus:


      They've pretty much left them alone to do their own thing, and its working out great for EA.

      They seem to have learnt their lesson.

      When you buy successful studios, you remain hands off and let them go in the direction they want to.

    I have heard rumours of Microsoft offering BIG money for them to run a 1st party studio with 100% creative freedom.

    But don't Activision wholly own Infinity Ward, so even if IW own the rights to "Modern Warfare" and Zampanella/West and a good portion of IW sets up a studio and deal with EA, then the what's left of IW remains owned by Activision with the rights still held by IW (and effectively Activision as the parent company).

    For the rights to transfer then Activision would have to sell IW to EA (or sell the rights themselves) - neither being something about to happen, regardless if hell freezes over.

    Seems like you're doing your own bit of rumour milling there Luke, which I'm sure a number of readers will latch onto. Hardly an image of credible journalism, whether you prefix it with "Rumour:" or not.

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