Modern Warfare creators Zampella and West respawn with EA
Vince Zampella and Jason West have started up a new studio named Respawn Entertainment and have partnered with Activision’s main rivals Electronic Arts. It’s a move that West claims will “ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve.”
The ex-Infinity Ward duo are in the midst of a messy legal dispute with Activision. The pair were recently fired after the relationship between the devs and the publisher became strained. It is believed that the dispute centred around the direction of the Call of Duty franchise.
Activision have accused Zampella and West of planning to defect to one of their competitors such as EA. This move will do nothing to dampen such accusations.
A statement from Vince Zampella spoke of his excitement at this new project.
“Respawn Entertainment marks a fresh start for Jason and me, for the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise. We’re very proud of what we built – and proud that so many millions of fans enjoyed those games. Today we hope to do it all over again — open a new studio, hire a great team, and create brand new games with a new partner, EA.”
His bitterness towards Activision over the way they left Infinity Ward can clearly be seen. Jason West was even less subtle in his statement which centred around the topic of control. West also also suggests that Activision mistreats their fans.
“We’re excited, now that the team is in control of the games and brands, we can ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve.”
Frank Gibeau, President of the EA Games Label was clearly pleased to get two legendary developers working with EA.
“This is the start of a great publishing partnership – one that I expect will develop blockbuster game franchises. Jason and Vince are two of the top creative leaders in the entertainment industry. At EA, we’re honored to be their partners and to give them the support they need to hire a team and return to making incredible games.”
This announcement reinforces the belief that the only losers in this whole sorry mess are in fact Activision. They have lost two influential and talented developers to their main competitors. A key rule in business: keep hold of your best men, and certainly don’t give them to your rivals.