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Analyst: Infinity Ward will be “essentially closed” after next map pack is released

Wednesday, 28th April 2010 15:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey has said that he believes Infinity Ward will be “essentially closed” once the next map pack for Modern Warfare 2 is released.

Due to the numerous defections within the developer and all the lawsuits floating around, Hickey is under the impression that the studio will be absorbed into Activision and future work in the series will be spread out amongst the rest of its developers.

“Continued defections from [Activision's] Infinity Ward studio have created meaningful uncertainty around the future of their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise,” said Hickey.

“We expect Infinity Ward studio will be essentially closed after their next map pack release, with development work on Modern Warfare 3 spread between two studios not historically tied to the franchise.”

At least two map packs were promised at the onset, with the Stimulus Pack already released to great sales.

As far as Modern Warfare 3 is concerned, Hickey predicts that it will land in stores during Q4 of Activision’s fiscal year 2011 and potentially rake-in $738M.

That figure is reasonable, considering that Modern Warfare 2 won a Guinness for making $401M in just its first 24-hours on the market.

Currently, three titles are in the works in the Call of Duty franchise.

There’s Treyarch with the oft-rumored Vietnam-centric game, slated for a reveal through  the May issue of OPM; Infinity Ward was  developing Modern Warfare 3; and then there’s  Sledgehammer’s “innovative take” on the Call of Duty franchise that Thomas Tippl, Activision’s COO, said would “further broaden”  the franchise’s audience.

So, regardless if Infinity Ward as we all know it remains intact after the next map pack or not, Activision will still be pumping out the CoD titles – just with different names on ‘em.

Via Gamasutra.

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36 Comments

  1. blackdreamhunk

    my words have come to pass, so where all those people who were telling me other wise.

    my words are so solid!

    oh where is infinity ward now they are gone just like mid way and interplay!

    they have gone the way of the dodo bird and the dinosaurs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIwq6d560ec

    they mucked pc gamers but who is mocking them now pc gamers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTghUoScGO8&feature=related

    console gamers and the media was drinking the wine of media hype.

    a single prayer has been answered, justice has been served for all pc gamers. my god is great!

    so where are all those people who said I would be wrong, where are you now ahahahahahahahahah

    my words have come to pass, who is laugh now.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTghUoScGO8&feature=related

    #1 5 years ago
  2. ZarraN

    Hasn’t IW died already and been Respawned, NO SPAWN DELAY

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Razor

    Mike Hickey knows less than Pachter.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Windsmeare

    So, I’ve created a robot that knows how to go into my office and make me a coffee. But what if something goes wrong? What if the coffee’s in a different place, or there’s no milk? What if there’s bees in the sugar?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Stephany Nunneley

    @4 I’ll see your coffee robot and raise you a trashcan with a very bad attitude and potty mouth.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. blackdreamhunk

    oh where oh where is Infintyward now ahahahahahahahahhahahaha

    I thought they loved actvision sooo much!

    So where is there trash talk? to trash talk pc gamers lol ahahahahahhaha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTghUoScGO8&feature=related

    pc gaming out lives infinity ward

    where are all those people saying i was wrong? where are you now.

    I have one thing to say , I told you so!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. blackdreamhunk

    here i have the perfect song for infinity ward

    what goes around comes around
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOrnUquxtwA

    ahahahahahahahhhaha

    so the same people who said oc gaming is dead! are gone and pc gaming is still around.

    they screw over pc gamers and now look at them, kinda retail ahahahahahahaha

    them console gamers and gaming media can’t defend you now!

    screw over your biggest fans and bashed the moders that made you

    time to pay the piper

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN9C_4GFW5Y&feature=related

    #7 5 years ago
  8. blackdreamhunk

    oh wait one more post next perfect song tribute to infinity ward. lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzPFm44Wac

    ok I am done that was fun lol

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Blerk

    One day he’s going to realise that he’s talking to himself.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Stephany Nunneley

    @7 Justin Timberlake seriously needs to shave his neck.

    Also, the situation between IW and Acti has nothing to do with “screwing over PC gamers”, and if PC gamers were slighted in anyway, it is not the developer’s fault because when you are owned by a company, you promote what the company dictates.

    Thus, a deal was struck with MS for promotion on Xbox 360 – that’s why you saw more commercials for it – and probably only it – on television and the internet. That in turn made more people who are not privy to the goings on in the industry to believe that the 360 version was either A) the only version, or B) the best version.

    Blame it on marketing if anything, but don’t blame the developer. No one is trying to screw over anyone for any particular platform. They are more than likely happy to make money off any version no matter what. If they wanted to “screw over PC gamers”, well they would not have released it on that platform in the first place, now would they? It would have been skipped altogether.

    EDIT: @9 I wish I had left it at that, honestly. Sometimes the devil perched upon my right shoulder wins out over common sense, though.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. blackdreamhunk

    aahahahahahaah

    that’s all i have to say

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzPFm44Wac

    I told you so!

    @Stephany Nunneley
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7_LreuSY3Y

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcatQSyRK6c

    what ahahahahaha lol

    #11 5 years ago
  12. dirigiblebill

    “oh where is infinity ward now they are gone just like mid way and interplay!

    they have gone the way of the dodo bird and the dinosaurs”

    Er, well they haven’t gone anywhere as yet. But if they do, I’d imagine they’ll be going the way of EA or elsewhere within Activision. Remember EA and Activision? Those companies that make colossal amounts of money from console games?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Mr-Brett

    This site needs an ‘ignore user’ or at least a ‘vote down’ button.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Or that spamming trolls actually get the ban.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. blackdreamhunk

    ahahahahahahahahahahahah ok midway and interplay are on life support lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlzPFm44Wac

    it must hurt to know I am so right lol

    my fraite line ever I told you so lol

    hahahahahahahahah

    no dictated severs how about no infinity ward lol

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Mauller

    @Steph

    Why would you acknowledge him? Why must you punish us?

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gheritt White

    Acknowledge who? I’m too busy trying to get the fucking bees out of my sugar. Oh look! There goes a helpful robot… OMG – WTF is it doing to that poor defenceless trashcan???

    #17 5 years ago
  18. fdelfino

    Blackdreamhunk, it’s an awful experience to read your comments, considering you keep linking stupid youtube videos and you can’t write shit in english.
    Stop this cruzade against console gamers man. I am a PC gamer myself, but I think we got enough good developers and games for PC to not trash talk people who decide to bring games to consoles.

    REally, you’re either a douchebag or you got a sinister sense of humor, like Andy Kauffman.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. blackdreamhunk

    @fdelfino

    just proving a point that like must of the time, I am right :) also proves I have more creditability than must professionals in the industry.

    thank you vg247 for this great news, you have made my day :)

    oh those links I am just try to show people what I think lol

    cry me a river, I have no respect for game devs that don’t respect their fans, that made them.

    perfect song right here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DksSPZTZES0

    I have no pitty for them.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. blackdreamhunk

    I love you god, yeshusa, I love life, thank you

    I love vg247 god bless vg247 forever

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DksSPZTZES0

    #20 5 years ago
  21. fdelfino

    Ok, now I got it. You’re helpless.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Benjo1981

    @Stephany Nunneley: Out of interest, what would someone actually need to do to get banned from posting on here?

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Gheritt White

    @ 22: Frequent, ongoing non-games-related personal attacks on other commentors.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. G1GAHURTZ

    @22: They’d have to be SERIOUS BIZNIZ!

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Benjo1981

    @23: So there’s no ‘relevance’ criteria? No ‘understanding the point of the topic’ criteria? No ban on irrelvant YouTube videos? Surely the citation of Justin Timberlake is grounds for a ban?!?

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gheritt White

    Nope – far be it from me to put words into the mouths of the reprobates that run this fair site, but Pat would rather this be a bastion of well-mannered anarchy than institute a ban hammer.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Benjo1981

    @26 As they should. A system of rating comments wouldn’t contradict that philosophy though, in the interest of other users being able to pick out the idiots. Although, I guess that would get abused too..

    Ho-well, will just have to ignore him.

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Stephany Nunneley

    @27 – “Surely the citation of Justin Timberlake is grounds for a ban?!?”

    You just made my day ;)

    #28 5 years ago
  29. DarkElfa

    I’ll stick my two cents in here. While I’ll miss the quality of the IW CoD games, I’m not sad to see them go. The group leaders were becoming arrogant and they weren’t listening to their customers. The server issue was a huge sign of that.

    That said, their contribution to gaming in general and the amazing times I’ve had on CoD will not be forgotten.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. OlderGamer

    I don’t know, I like BDH. He is a good read. And as much as some of you won’t agree, he often has a point. And the YouTube thing? Why not? Sometimes he links funny stuff.

    Nothing on this site should be taken too seriously. And watching him debate with other readers … pricless.

    Good stuff as far as I am concerned.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. DaMan

    I guess.. anyone is a good read and often has a point if you don’t take them seriously and view their comments once a month ;)

    #31 5 years ago
  32. OlderGamer

    No more then once a week anyways ;)

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Benjo1981

    @30 I think BDH takes what he says fairly seriously. I doubt any of us would have a problem if we thought it was all in jest.

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Boris Fett

    Here’s a reaaaaaaaally crazy idea. Try ignoring him?

    #34 5 years ago
  35. DeSpiritusBellum

    I guess a complete dismantling of Infinity Ward would explain why no new studio heads have been picked. Seems to me like that would be something you’d hurry if you wanted to salvage the brand.

    It’s gonna be interesting to see what happens next.

    @29 To be completely fair, what’s arrogant is to think that you somehow determine what a developer is going to do simply from stomping your foot on the internet. Where are we now? 14 million sold? Obviously whatever gripes people had with the game, weren’t that serious.

    You really have nothing to gain by sticking with an antiquated technology. You have nothing to lose either, but clinging to the past is a cowards way of thinking. Keep in mind that dedicated servers have been the norm, virtually since the birth of multiplayer gaming.

    I mean I’m sure some people would’ve loved for us to still be using switchboard operators, rather than direct phonenumbers today, but thankfully the people calling the shots didn’t listen to those guys either.

    Even if the matchmaker is far from perfect, it still does the job, and it will consistently do it quicker and better once the reliability improves. That’s a huge step forward, and in my oppinon, also a nice slap to the face for those whose answer to everything, is to favor spineless complacency.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. DarkElfa

    @35, I am such a fool.

    #36 5 years ago

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