Trouble at Infinity Ward?

March 2, 2010 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under PC, Playstation, Xbox

Infinity Ward president Jason West and studio head Vince Zampella appear to have been sacked by the studio’s owner Activision amid dramatic scenes and claims of breach of contract and insubordination.

G4 reported late yesterday that “bouncer-type” security had showed up at the offices of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer following a meeting between the two studio heads and Activision, and that West and Zampella hadn’t been seen by staff since.

G4 then turned up a Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Activision earlier in the day indicating that the publisher was investigating senior staff at Infinity Ward, and expecting to sack and sue them.

“The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward,” the filing read. “This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation.”

Meanwhile, Kotaku turned up a Facebook status update from West that read, “Jason West is drinking. Also, no longer employed.” His profile on the professional networking site LinkedIn also appeared to have been updated, showing his role as “President/Game Director/CCO/CTO at Infinity Ward” as a “Past” employment.

Zampella’s status at the moment is unclear. Neither Activision or Infinity Ward has offered an official comment as yet. Infinity Ward’s vocal spokesman Robert Bowling simply said “I have no info” on his Twitter.

Zampella and West were among the founding members of Infinity Ward who had previously worked on Medal of Honor: Allied Assault for EA. At their new studio, they created the immensely successful Call of Duty series of first-person shooters for Activision and continued to develop key entries in the series, culminating in the recent smash hits Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.

West is credited as the director of Modern Warfare 2, which was 2009’s best-selling game worldwide and which racked up a billion dollars of sales in two months.

Game creator Tim Schafer, whose Brutal Legend was dropped by Activision before being picked up by EA, commented on his Twitter: “Getting mad at Activision for this kind of thing is like getting mad at an ape for throwing feces. It’s just how the beast communicates.”

Activision didn’t want Modern Warfare

October 6, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

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Infinity Ward boss Vince Zampella has revealed that Activision didn’t want Modern Warfare, and didn’t want the developer working on a console game. In an interview with Official Playstation magazine, Zampella said:

With Call of Duty 2, we were dead set against it being World War 2, but Activision really wanted it, the compromise sort of being that we’d get some dev kits for consoles in exchange for doing a World War 2 game. We always wanted to be on consoles and Activision saw us as more of a PC developer.

And something I’ll add to that, Activision also did not want Modern Warfare. They thought working on a modern game was risky and, ‘oh my god you can’t do that, it’s crazy!’ They were doing market research to show us we were wrong the whole time.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare went on to sell over 14 million copies. Modern Warfare 2 is due for world-wide release on 10 November 2009.

No Modern Warfare 2 DLC in development until after the game’s release

October 5, 2009 by Paul Carrett  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

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As was previously reported here, a special Modern Warfare 2 brand of Monster Energy drink revealed that DLC for Modern Warfare 2 was planned to be released in spring 2010. However Infinity Ward responded to this by saying that no Modern Warfare 2 DLC is in development and will not be until after the game’s release.

Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling said on the Infinity Ward forums, “I think you might be confused by that. We haven’t even begun thinking about what our DLC will be, let alone finish any. No DLC will begin development until the entire game is finished and certified.” Take that Monster Energy!

Modern Warfare 2 is released 10th November and is available to pre-order now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.

Modern Warfare 2 achievements announced

October 5, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
Filed under News

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There has been a flood of leaked information being released recently about upcoming blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the latest news is the game’s achievements.

There are 50 different achievements totaling the standard 1000 gamerpoints, and are as follows:

  • Back in the Saddle (15 pts) – Help train the local militia.
  • Danger Close (15 pts) – Get hand picked for Shepherd’s elite squad.
  • Cold Shoulder (15 pts) – Infiltrate the snowy mountain side base.
  • Tag ‘em and Bag ‘em (15 pts) – Find Rojas in the Favelas.
  • Royale with Cheese (15 pts) – Defend Burger Town.
  • Soap on a Rope (15 pts) – Storm the gulag.
  • Desperate Times (15 pts) – Execute the plan to help the Americans.
  • Whiskey Hotel (15 pts) – Take back Whiskey Hotel.
  • The Pawn (15 pts) – Assault Makarov’s safe house.
  • Out of the Frying Pan… (15 pts) – Complete the mission in the airplane graveyard.
  • For the Record (35 pts) – Complete the Single Player campaign on any difficulty.
  • The Price of War (90 pts) – Complete the single player campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty.
  • First Day of School (25 pts) – Complete ‘S.S.D.D’ and ‘Team Player’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Black Diamond (25 pts) – Complete ‘Cliffhanger’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Turistas (25 pts) – Complete ‘Takedown’ and ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Red Dawn (25 pts) – Complete ‘Wolverines’ and ‘Exodus’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Prisoner #627 (25 pts) – Complete ‘The Only Easy Day… Was Yesterday’ and ‘The Gulag’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Ends Justify the Means (25 pts) – Complete ‘Contingency’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Homecoming (25 pts) – Complete ‘Of Their Own Accord’, ‘Second Sun’, and ‘Whiskey Hotel’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Queen takes Rook (25 pts) – Complete ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘The Enemy of My Enemy’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Off the Grid (25 pts) – Complete ‘Just Like Old Times’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Pit Boss (10 pts) – Run The Pit in ‘S.S.D.D’ and finish with a final time under 30 seconds.
  • Ghost (10 pts) – Plant the C4 in ‘Cliffhanger’ without alerting or injuring anyone in the blizzard.
  • Colonel Sanderson (10 pts) – Kill 7 chickens in under 10 seconds in ‘The Hornet’s Nest.’
  • Gold Star (20 pts) – Earn 1 star in Special Ops.
  • Hotel Bravo (20 pts) – Earn 4 stars in Special Ops.
  • Charlie on Our Six (20 pts) – Earn 8 stars in Special Ops.
  • It Goes to Eleven (20 pts) – Earn at least 1 star in 11 different Special Op missions.
  • Operational Asset (20 pts) – Earn all 3 stars in at least 5 different Special Op missions.
  • Blackjack (20 pts) - Earn 21 stars in Special Ops.
  • Honor Roll (20 pts) – Earn at least 1 star in each Special Op mission.
  • Modern Warfare 2 DLC coming Spring 2010

    October 1, 2009 by Paul Carrett  
    Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

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    A special Modern Warfare 2 brand of Monster Energy drink has revealed the date for one of the downloadable map packs for Modern Warfare 2. The promotional pack reads that you can win: “5,000 MW2 Map Pack codes – planned release spring 2010″. It is not known if this will be the first map pack or if it will be one of the timed Xbox 360 exclusive map packs.

    Monster Energy will also be giving you the chance to win 100 Modern Warfare 2 games for Xbox 360 or PS3, 10,000 Modern Warfare 2 dashboard themes for Xbox 360 or PS3 and free cans of Monster Energy. A message on the side of the Modern Warfare 2 Monster Energy drink can reads: “Creator Infinity Ward hooked us up with an advanced copy of MW2 and we were so stoked on the game we put it on our can.” Really? I find that a bit hard to believe…

    Modern Warfare 2 is released 10th November and is available to pre-order now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.

    No Modern Warfare 2 demo before launch

    September 28, 2009 by Paul Carrett  
    Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

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    There will be no Modern Warfare 2 demo before its release on 10th November, Infinity Ward has said. As more and more developers are doing these days, Infinity Ward made this announcement via their Twitter page. Infinity Ward tweeted: “No plan for a Demo before launch. The entire team is focused on polish all the way up to ship of the full game.” However this doesn’t rule out a post-launch Demo as we have seen with Call of Duty: World at War. This news comes after last month’s news that there are no plans for a public multiplayer beta either. But why does this matter, you’re all going to buy the game on launch day anyway, aren’t you?

    Modern Warfare 2 is released 10th November and is available to pre-order now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.

    New Modern Warfare 2 Custom Killstreak Details

    September 8, 2009 by Andy Giff  
    Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

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    In an interview with PSM3 Magazine, Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward gave some more details on the new custom killstreaks in Modern Warfare 2.

    Bowling had this to say:

    “You can have a three killstreak or a fifteen killstreak if you want, or something like the AC-130 [firing down in black and white from an airborne gunship] is one of the highest killstreaks you can select… You take control of that and can fire down for thirty seconds, blow guys up”

    Basically this means that people who are generally only getting a handful of kills in a game can make a killstreak of as low as three kills and get a small reward, whereas the COD veterans can set high killstreaks and reap the rewards by wreaking further havoc when they eventually do die.

    Modern Warfare 2 is released November 10th.


    Modern Warfare 2 voice actors confirmed

    August 21, 2009 by Dave Burns  
    Filed under PC, Playstation, Xbox

    Robert Bowling has just confirmed several voice actors that are due to appear in Modern Warfare 2. Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, 25th Hour), Kieth David (Saints Row 2, Mr & Mrs Smith), Glenn Morshower (24, Transformer RotF), Kevin McKidd (Trainspotting) and Craig Fairbrass who also voiced Gaz in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

    Fiddy Cent has already been confirmed to voice a character in Multiplayer.

    A nice list of actors have been drafted in but we don’t think they’re half as good as having Keifer Sutherland shout at you in World at War.