Zampella: Respawn game announce “hopefully soon”

Tuesday, 5th June 2012 10:51 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Respawn boss Vince Zampella has told CVG the announcement for the studio’s first game, published by EA Partners, will be “hopefully soon”.

The co-founder of the studio wouldn’t put a timeframe as to when we’d see the announcement, though.

Zampella and fellow Respawn co-founder Jason West were in the audience at the EA press conference last night.

CEO John Riccitiello went on to congratulate the pair after its lawsuit with Activision over their dismissal from Infinity Ward in March 2010 was settled last week.

EA’s involvement in the matter was settled just before last week’s events.

Respawn has been teasing its first project with images over the past year. EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau last year at E3 described the game as a sci-fi shooter.



  1. TD_Monstrous69

    I’ll just take a stab in the dark as to when this gets announced, either GamesCom, or at the end of the year during Spike’s VGA’s. Though I almost hope it’s at GamesCom, just because after last year’s abysmal VGA’s, I don’t know how much more I can take.

    #1 3 years ago


    If it’s next gen, then they can’t really reveal it until after the next gen console announcements.

    Unless they just reveal a PC version or something.

    I’ve got a feeling that this is going to be the CoD killer that people have been waiting for…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    A year from now they’re gonna release a slightly tweaked screenshot, and the year after that they’re gonna release a slightly tweaked announcement about their announcement, followed by an even more tweaked screenshot, followed by an even more tweaked announcement about an announcement in the years after that.

    Old habits and all :P

    @2 JIIIIINX.

    Dude. You know what happens once people start saying “[This or that] killer”.

    #3 3 years ago


    I think that they’ve been cautious about revealing anything because of the Activision case.

    But now that that’s all over, I think they’ll get back to to normal ways…

    EDIT: Yeah, but every once in a while it actually comes true…

    Dont forget that CoD4 was initially (and sceptically) billed as a Halo killer.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Maximum Payne

    ” described the game as a sci-fi shooter.”
    Thats the reason why they leave Activision.After Modern Warfare 1 they wanted to do futuristic stuff.
    @5 Yep.

    #5 3 years ago


    Yeah, they did a Q&A recently, where they explained that they weren’t keen to do another CoD game after MW2, and wanted to do something fresh, so they got it written into the contract that they could choose what game they worked on.

    That appeared to be one of the big reasons why Acti conspired to fire them (…allegedly…), because obviously, there was no way that they were going to want IW to work on anything but MW3…

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    @5 You think so?

    It makes sense not to start the hype train before you’re done with the legal nonsense for the sake of convenience, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were also trying to maximize the publicity as well.

    They are starting from the bottom with new tech, new ideas etc.

    It’s probably close to two years out at this point, I would think.

    #7 3 years ago

    At IW, they had an engine that they’d worked on and refined over years and years. When they started again, they had to build everything from scratch, like you say.

    Game engines are complex things that take years of refinement to get working smoothly and at a point where all you need to do is drop new geometry in and tweak some values, like these guys were used to doing.

    So I’m not surprised that they’ve been quiet for a while.

    Two years to build the engine/framework, as well as design and conceptualise, then another eighteen months to two years for full on develpment.

    That should put them in a position to release at any point around the end of 2013, and the beginning(ish) of the next gen.

    November 2013 would be a story and a half, wouldn’t it?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. IL DUCE

    Hahaha why even the need to be skeptical about the possibility of it being a CoD Killer? We’re talking about the people along with the majority of the top talent from IW that perfected the formula Activision has been desperately clinging to for the past 4 years…if it wasn’t for them, Activision would probably be out of business right now or wouldve been absorbed into Blizzard b/c Activision itself doesn’t make any “good” games besides CoD

    But yeah, ill put my money on the VGAs if this game is going to blow us away with what they have to show…but yeah, basically anything releasing in the latter part of 2013 looks to be heading to the next-gen, especially since Infinity Ward’s job listing for the next CoD after Black Ops 2 said as much…but they could announce it whenever they want and not specify platforms until E3 2013 since GTA V’s trailer came out how long ago? And still has no specified platforms? Wouldn’t be surprised if that’s being pushed til next-gen as a launch title unless we hear more about it in the upcoming weeks

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Maximum Payne

    @9 Unless they were given Frostbyte 2 by EA :)

    #10 3 years ago

    Yeah. But from what I remember of the Q&A, I think they’ll want to have 100% ownership of everything that they work on, after what they’ve been through.

    So if they ever leave EA (again), they can take everything with them.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. DSB

    @9, 12 Excellent points. But they won’t be able to license id Tech anymore will they? Didn’t they go exclusive?

    #12 3 years ago

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