Activision: More staff expected to leave Infinity Ward

By Johnny Cullen, Thursday, 22 April 2010 11:53 GMT

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Activision blogger Dan Amrich has predicted that more people will “probably” leave Infinity Ward – and may just end up at Respawn Entertainment, set up by ex-heads of the MW devs, Vince Zampella and Jason West.

Speaking in a discussion on Facebook in a Activision/Bobby Kotick hate group (yes, we realize the irony), he said there was still some young talent left at the studio, despite 13 staff leaving the studio in the past couple of weeks, including the firings of Zampella and West.

“More people will probably go too, looking for new situations,” he said. “Maybe they will join Respawn, maybe not. I’m confused, because by leaving, they are giving up their bonus — and the more people that leave, the bigger the bonus gets for the people who stay.”

He also added he was in the dark over what really happened between Acti and the ex-IW heads, insisting all he knew was stuff that was already released into the public domain.

“First thing I asked myself was, “What really happened?” Why would Activision fire the guys so publicly after so much success?,” he said.

“What brought that drastic measure about? And until Activision goes to court over it or files its own legal paperwork in a countersuit or something like that, we will not know. We know one side, but like you, I am dying to learn the other.”

Activision has already filed a countersuit against Zampella and West, who are suing the company for $36 million and the rights to the Modern Warfare IP.

Amrich also said in the same discussion that there will be three Call of Duty titles within the next two years.

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