Black Ops 2 Might Never See The Light Of Day
Activision’s recently announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 might land the publisher in hot water for allowing Treyarch to set their sequel to Black Ops in the near future of 2025.
This is according to reports based on legal documents that were obtained, containing Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward’s Memorandum of Understanding with the publisher.
The Memorandum of Understanding — which is a formal alternative to a gentlemen’s contract rather than a legally binding contract — states that Activision agreed with Infinity Ward that the studio held exclusive rights to all Call of Duty games set in the “modern day (post-Vietnam), the near future, or the distant future”.
Eric Chad, an intellectual property attorney at Merchant & Gould said that the outcome of the coming court battle between Activision and former Infinity Ward heads Frank West and Vince Zampella could decide the fate of Black Ops 2. If the former heads, accused by Activision of insubordination, were to get one over on their old publisher which they claimed dismissed them unfairly, then [pulling Black Ops II from the shelves] is likely a possible remedy,” said Chad. “This does occasionally happen, but I think it is much more likely that the remedy would be some sort of damages payment, like a forced loyalty.”
He added: “It seems like Black Ops II is likely substantially complete. That might make it hard for the court to order them to change it. Much more likely would be either of the remedies you discussed above [Pulling the game or facing a damage payment]. Damages, in my opinion, are the most likely.”
I’m curious as to why Treyarch don’t just drop the “Call of Duty” title from the game, which has gone from being something to be proud of, to something to mock and berate, in recent times. To my knowledge, that would be problem solved?
Unless there’s obviously deeper explanations of how Treyarch were to carry out their operations, in that agreement. And it’s not as if Activision can’t afford to spend a few millions on damages anyway, considering how much they’re bound to make with Black Ops 2. Or the worst happens and it gets pulled entirely.
Do you think that’s a possibility?