Activision confirms Infinity Ward departures

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Interesting, you guys know Infinity Ward from the Call of duty series right ? Activision and Infinity Ward have both been publicly quiet about what happened between the two companies yesterday. It can, however, be confirmed that both heads of the studio, president Jason West and CEO Vince Zampella, have confirmed they're no longer with Infinity Ward. Confirmation of their departure comes through updates to each individual's Linkedin account. According to a report from BingeGamer, Activision has not paid royalties to Infinity Ward over the success of Modern Warfare 2.  Sure, Infinity Ward is owned by Activision. Whatever the reason for the falling out, it seems that the two execs, West and Zampella were unceremoniously fired. Speculation is, they felt the studio didn't fairly receive revenue from Modern Warfare 2's success and this article seems to bear truth to this.

In addition, this press release confirms that Infinity Ward is developing two downloadable expansions Modern Warfare 2 that will be released later this year. An all new Call of Duty game from developer Treyarch will be released in the fall of 2010 but no setting was announced. In 2011 another new Call of Duty game will be released but no developer for that game was revealed. The publisher also confirmed that yet another Call of Duty game is in the works at the newly formed Sledgehammer Games developer, formed by the former leaders of EA's Visceral Games. Sledgehammer's Call of Duty game will be an action-adventure title rather than a first person shooter but no release date was announced. In addition, Activision is chatting with a number of unnamed partners to bring a Call of Duty game to Asian countries, presumably as an online-only game [via ggmania].

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