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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:08 am 
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Is there anyone left at Infinity Ward.
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/infinity-wa ... -6589.html


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:07 am 
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I can't wait to see what gets unearthed from this.

A huge lawsuit is getting laid down on Activision as well. They are claiming Activision promised royalties, which doesn't make any sense. No one promises you something like that, unless you sign a peice of paper stating you will get said sharing of the profits.

I hope this isn't just a bunch of whiney developers crying for more money AFTER they complete the game. You take care of that arrangement before you finish the fucking thing.

And, it's not like it was a no name title they weren't sure was going to sell.

Also, aside from the sales, they really didn't create a great product - it's still loaded with bugs and exploits.

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http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2010/04/28/remaining-iw-staff-sue-activision/1

Here is the link (to a site I am not blocked from at work);
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"Activision retains the discretion to determine the amount and the schedule of bonus payments for MW2 and has acted consistent with its rights and the law at all times" said an Activision spokesperson. "We look forward to getting judicial confirmation that our position is right."

It looks like they did agree to getting royalties, but no detail as to when and how much - isn't that agreed on as well?

Or, is there a limit to 'by when' they should pay the royalties?


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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 9:23 am 
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A lot of them are jumping ship and joining Respawn Entertainment -
http://www.respawn.com/ - I've been following a bunch of gaming RSS feeds - and at least once a day I've been seeing stories like this.

http://www.joystiq.com/2010/04/30/respa ... ward-vets/

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/108/1086399p1.html

This is nuts.

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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 12:23 pm 
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It's funny because this is basically how Infinite Ward got started when they jumped from 2015. Oddly enough, they are going back to EA this time.

I can't wait to see what new franchise they come up with. Please though please don't make anther modern day shooter. Visit a different war or go farther into the future (to where it actually feels like the future).


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PostPosted: Sat May 01, 2010 3:23 pm 
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I didn't read it, but is a reason for the exodus remotely attached to Activision bringing in Treyarch for development and taking their franchise in a direction they didn't like? I know they got back in with CoD MW2, but feels like they were castrated a bit.

Forcing a game to be made hasn't ever worked. If it gets put out, it's half assed. Duke Nukem is forced and is again rumored to have hope (according to an article in Game Informer), and Rogue Warrior was shown like 4 years ago to only be squeezed out of the turd cutter recently. If I were them, I'd just make the game; but use the old Quake engine, use Glide, and flip 'em the bird.

Royalties aren't a given. That's like selling crap cars for commission; may not be their fault it doesn't sell well (no Dedicated Server!?). Make a movie and get what ya can.


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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2010 3:23 pm 
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One or two employees quitting is just business as usual. a majority of a companies staff quitting all at once and then all going to work together at another company generally means that there is a problem with upper management. Seeing as most of the IW devs decided to take their ball and go somewhere else, i'm more inclined to think that Activision are the assholes in all of this.


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