What Does The Future Hold For Infinity Ward?
In the wake of the ongoing Activision/Infinity Ward debacle and the fact that many of Infinity Ward’s key employees have upped and gone; it is certainly worthwhile to ask what might be in store for the studio in the future and indeed how stable it is right now.
The head of Activision, Bobby Kotick, made some comments on the future of Infinity Ward in Activision’s Q1 Earnings call last night.
According to him, there is still hope for Infinity Ward and the studio will most probably continue to do what they do best – that is, make Call of Duty games.
He also claims that Infinity Ward is already at work on its ‘next big title’ and that there are even plans to rebuild the studio since it is currently teetering on the edge of implosion.
Since we assumed some change and dislocation at Infinity Ward, I want to take a moment and share thoughts on the studio and its future.
The team in Infinity Ward today is comprised of some of the most talented people in the video game industry. They’re an incredibly well-respected group who are motivated and, obviously, extraordinarily capable.
Since we terminated the two executives at Infinity Ward, approximately 35 others have resigned and it is likely that few more people will leave as well.
Many of these people have been recruited by other studios because of how talented they are. We are obviously disappointed about this, and we wish we could have convinced some of these incredibly talented people to stay.
The decision, though, to terminate the two Infinity Ward executives was not done lightly. And it was not done to deprive them of their bonuses nor was it done without a great deal of deliberation about the consequences.
The background leading up to our decision to separate the two former Infinity Ward executives for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty is outlined in our cross complaint that we filed in April, which I’m sure many of you have read.
Against this background, we felt we had no choice but to terminate the two Infinity Ward executives. We did this to protect the company’s assets and the interest of our shareholders.
I currently consider the two of them friends and their conduct was a compromise of our friendship, which is equally disappointing. Once we began to understand what had occurred, there was no grey area.
There was nothing that would have allowed us to retain their services, as talented as they might have been.
This is an example of our commitment to pursuing the difficult right rather than the easier wrong.
Our actions were firmly rooted in our long-standing values of integrity, and an expectation that our employees, who signed and acknowledged our code of conduct, will behave with the highest ethical standards.
We have a great place and a great team in place at Infinity Ward, which continues to work on downloadable content and the studio’s next unannounced project. We continue to support the culture of excellence that has defined Infinity Ward, and we’re already strengthening the studio with additional talent and financial resources.
You’ll hear more about our exciting plans for the Call of Duty franchise and the many studios and resources now focused on continuing to create incredible entertainment based on this franchise later in the call.
Besides the frustrations with the former Infinity Ward executives, we remain the top destination for development talent in the video game industry.
Whether Kotick is indeed sincere or not about Activision’s plans for Infinity Ward, he is clearly trying to cover up the fact that the studio has already lost its best talent. the one’s that are left are those who are worried about not being able to find work, everybody else jumped ship because they could get a job after leaving.
I also felt it necessary for readers to see the face behind these words and if I may be brutally honest, this is the kind of face that you want to bitch-slap with your pimp-hand until that stupid grin falls off.