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‘Infinity Ward will rise from the ashes,’ says Activision executive

It began with Activision’s decision to dismiss Infinity Ward’s Jason West and Vince Zampella in March of this year. By May, nearly half of Infinity Ward’s development team had decided to resign, leaving the studio responsible for Modern Warfare 2 in disarray.

But Activision is supporting the developer’s return to its former glory. Speaking to Develop, Activision’s VP Dave Stohl spoke candidly about his company’s plans to rebuild the development studio, saying, “Ultimately, Infinity Ward will rise from the ashes.”

When asked about whether Activision’s strategy is to promote individuals internally or to look for external replacements for the employees who left, Stohl responded: “We’re doing a bit of both. We’re supporting Infinity Ward in that rebuilding process, and I use the term ‘support’ because as much as possible we don’t want to tamper with that group of people. We want Infinity Ward to be Infinity Ward; it’s a very specific culture.”



And a lot of folks are eager to join that culture. “Recuriting for Infinity Ward – I mean we have had… well, let’s just say recruiting is not a problem!... I’m one hundred per cent confident that the studio will come back to what it was, especially considering all the talent we’re seeing rising through and also being recruited,” he continues.

Stohl acknowledges that Infinity Ward lost a lot of talented employees, but is quick to point out that many of them are still there and paints an optimistic outlook for the future of the studio as it fills its staff with new recruits. “I’m not going to sit here and say no good talent left the studio, because obviously a lot of good talent did. But a lot of people who are really passionate about their job are still there. There’s a development philosophy that remains intact, and the studio is attracting amazing new talent. Ultimately, Infinity Ward will rise from the ashes,” says Stohl.

Aug 11, 2010

Source: CVGDevelop



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28 comments

  • littlebabybrett - August 12, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Infininty Ward will "rise from the ashes", huh? Thats a pretty big thing to say especially when your the douchebag responsible for the fire. Fuck this guy.
  • yagirlfriendsfavoriterapper - August 12, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    Go Activision!
  • YoshiAteMyBaby - August 12, 2010 6 p.m.

    Every fall, Bobby Kotick sets himself ablaze and dies in a glorious fire. Then, amidst the ashes, a singed and naked Bobby Kotick emerges and puts on an expensive business suit. That is how the holiday gaming season begins.
  • db1331 - August 12, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    @Twizinator So you think just because something sells a lot of copies it is of good quality? Nickelback has sold over 30 million albums. They must be a great band.
  • Pushtrak - August 12, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    ‘Infinity Ward will rise from the ashes,’ says Activision executive after the Activision flamethrower has done its job. "We’re supporting Infinity Ward in that rebuilding process, at which point all bets are off." Abbreviated article.
  • FenrirKar - August 12, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    Meh, stopped caring about CoC after 4. Felixthecat had it right in saying that CoD's been milked to death. Yeah, I know most people are excited for Black Ops, but it just feels like same ol' same ol' to me.
  • CAPST3R - August 12, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    @ Twizinator; Did you just say that MW2 was a good game? Shame on you! Also, I'm not sure, but I don't think IW made COD 1-3. COD4 wasn't the first, don't forget. Also, while IW did, undeniably, turn COD in to the casual gamer's franchise, I think the story was decent (OK, they went overboard with character deaths on MW2 just a bit). Also, we got Nazi zombies from it, and that was fun. I'm not trying to defend them, I'm just trying to point out the fact that you're all being pessimistic.
  • CAPST3R - August 12, 2010 9:24 a.m.

    @ Twizinator; Did you just say that MW2 was a good game? Shame on you! Also, I'm not sure, but I don't think IW made COD 1-3. COD4 wasn't the first, don't forget. Also, while IW did, undeniably, turn COD in to the casual gamer's franchise, I think the story was decent (OK, they went overboard with character deaths on MW2 just a bit). Also, we got Nazi zombies from it, and that was fun. I'm not trying to defend them, I'm just trying to point out the fact that you're all being pessimistic.
  • meh - August 12, 2010 6:51 a.m.

    I'm trying to be optimistic, IW will never be the same, but I want the company to succeed, because it is (still) talented, but Activision can go rot in hell with its bullshit.
  • TizzleSniper - August 12, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    @notallgoodnameswheretaken your exactly right BOBBY KOTICK (douchebag of the year award winner?) was the one who fired Jason West and Vincent Zampella, not Dave Stohl.
  • notallgoodnameswheretaken - August 12, 2010 1:51 a.m.

    Wasn't it Kotick who fired West and Zampella? And I don't think IW will ever be the same (in a bad way).
  • Hurricrane - August 12, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    keyword in there: "Executive" you know, the ones who chase away their talent
  • pradius - August 12, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Rare is still awesome. screw anyone who thinks otherwise.
  • nuno004 - August 11, 2010 11:02 p.m.

    "arise chicken, arise" that's what the title reminded me of. athf reference ftw
  • oryandymackie - August 11, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    But what's in a name? We all know that West and Zampella aren't exactly best buds with Activision at the moment, so what you've really got is new talent hiding under a shell of a name.
  • FriendlyFire - August 11, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    The first thought that popped into my head from reading the heading is: "zombie". I think that's fairly appropriate.
  • Felixthecat - August 11, 2010 9:47 p.m.

    CoD sucks now anyway. Up until 4, the series was good. It's just an FPS Guitar Hero. Milked to death.
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 11, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    The same name doesn't mean the same quality, look at Rare.
  • SAUGAPRIME - August 11, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    You can't plagiarize a masterpiece, you can get close but it will never be the same.
  • Twizinator - August 11, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    @ SumthingStupid umm wtf? Not only are you cross-genre comparing, but from what i've heard Madden is extremely successful (i wouldnt know since i dislike sports games generally :P), and saying its the "same thing year after year," well, Madden is a football game. no matter the improvements the creators make it will be football. Call of Duty is and always has been an FPS. saying its the same each year is bs. @ db1331 im going to assume that you mean that in a "technology has improved" sense. there is a reason for those sales. it is known commonly as QUALITY. @ Doctalen lol that is what i was thinking, "wtf hypocrite" @ Baron164 i definitely agree w/ you, no matter how good Treyarch is (and they ARE excellent) they are not the origional makers of CoD. they are not Infinity Ward. whew long post, srry, anyway keep up the good work, GR!

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