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Activision confirms Jason West and Vince Zampella departures

Tuesday, 2nd March 2010 21:53 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Activision has confirmed Jason West and Vince Zampella’s departures from Infinity Ward.

Looks like the Call of Duty business unit will be led by Philip Earl, who currently runs Activision Publishing’s Asia Pacific region and previously served in senior executive positions with Procter & Gamble and Nestle.

Activision Publishing veterans Steve Pearce, chief technology officer and Steve Ackrich, head of production, will lead Infinity Ward on an interim basis.

Lastly, Activision Publishing announced that the company is in discussions with a select number of partners to bring the franchise to Asia, one of the fastest growing regions for online multiplayer games in the world.

This confirms all the stuff that was happening all day today, between the Twittering, Linkedin and Facebook updates.

Following a meeting with Kotick around noon PST, this is about what we have all expected anyway. The press release just confirms it.

It was also announced that Sledgehammer would be working on the next Call of Duty game today.

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  1. onlineatron

    They’ll start their own company… with Blackjack and Hookers!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    Just like Bender!!! Yay!!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    bye bye infinty ward ahahhhhahahhahahahhahahahhahahhahah

    I thought you loved actvion soooooooo much!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. SunKing

    If Activision don’t fire most of the staff first, I can see a massive walkout going on.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Alakratt

    Ummm ok. So let me guess this straight. IW made CoD what it is today, but the next one will be handle by another developer…not even Treyarch. Now, I’m not saying that Sledgehammer are bad, just that if you have a good thing going on with IW and yes…Treyarch, why fuck that up?

    #5 4 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk

    my words are solid infinty ward is done as game devs!

    the gaming media can’t save you now!

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Alakratt

    This is what happens when you sell your soul to the devil. You become a butt pirate…yeah.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. blackdreamhunk

    yea the gaming Industry loves greed so much! game devs love greed so much! well this is greed at it’s finest.

    this is the kind of people you console gamers like to support!!

    To all you game devs that like to trash talk pc gamers! this is the true colors of your greed!

    hey infinty ward no gaming media is going save you ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    You have been warned!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. onlineatron

    Hey, I can’t access the forums as I can’t remember my password… but here’s a Giant Bomb quick look of BLUR

    Really sheds some light on what, to me, looked like a mess of a game
    http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-road-show-blur/17-2112/

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    But……the Modern Warfare series is awesome.

    WHAT HAPPENED?!

    #10 4 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    Can activision REALLY hedge their bets on the call of duty branding alone selling copies and ignoring the success and pedigree of IW whilst handing their “baby” if you will to a new studio that has been totally untested?

    They earlier today admitted that if one of their 3 key IP where to fall down on an annual basis this would prove extremely hurtful for them!

    They did all this just to get MW3 out for 2011 cos IW didn’t want to? (well as far as the rumours go right?)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. blackdreamhunk

    more tan 11 000 game devs are now gone over guess what greed!

    Yea this console generation is sure great!

    E3 is nothing more than console hardware side show!

    game devs so hate their fanbase soooooooo much!

    All for the love of money!

    By the time this ression os over that more game devs and pubishers will be gone!

    my words are solid!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DeSpiritusBellum

    I don’t think people will be looking at the name of the developer if they’re thrown a decent enough pound of flesh – fuck knows I always skip the credits. However it does seem like Activision are going to have to start from scratch. I don’t know how many of their old creatives they’re keeping or transferring though.

    Like some others, I’m pretty put off by the whole boardroom bullshit that seems to be going on, but that seems to be the way things work. It’s all powerpoints and spreadsheets and browniepoints and watercooler drama. Oy gewalt.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. AbolfazlA

    Bye IW

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Activision obviously don’t read many fables. :-)

    #15 4 years ago