The new development studio formed by ousted Modern Warfare creators and its agreement with EA Partners comes as "no surprise" to Activision, flaunting Infinity Ward's proven talent in a statement to Kotaku.
Former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella's conflict with Call of Duty publisher Activision is reaching legendary proportions, with accusations of misconduct flying from both sides. Following Friday's counter-suit from Activision, we figured things would be quiet for a while. Not so, as West and Zampella not only revealed their new studio, Respawn Entertainment, this morning, but also a publishing deal with EA Partners which would leave them in complete artistic control of whatever games they eventually wind up making.
Kotaku reached out to Activision for a statement on this latest development this morning, and the company's response showed no surprise and little concern for this new competition.
"This agreement comes as no surprise to Activision given the myriad of improper activities detailed in the cross-complaint filed on Friday against Jason West and Vince Zampella. We look forward to continuing to work with Infinity Ward's deep bench of proven talent on exciting new projects."
It looks to this reporter as if Activision is certain that they maintain the core talent behind the Call of Duty franchise. Respawn Entertainment is going to have to create something truly amazing to compete with the bar they were instrumental in raising to such a lofty height.
For a recap of the latest events in the imbroglio involving Activision, Infinity Ward, West, Zampella and now EA, check out Kotaku's recent Call of Duty Legal Warfare round-up.