Titanfall will require 48GB of storage space on the PC according to Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella. Responding to a question on Twitter about how much space the FPS game would need he replied, “About 21GB of download and 48GB installed.” This means that the PC port is more than double the size of the Xbox One version which requires only 20GB.
Remember that whole kerfuffle between Activision and former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella? Yeah, well, it never ended. Also, it's done being a “kerfuffle.” When this much money and bad blood is on the table, we're legally required to call it by a name that packs a much larger punch. Yep, this one's been upgraded to a good old-fashioned gorilla manly man biceps cagefight squabble.
Not only has Activision finally put a price on its lawsuit, it's also taken aim at another alleged conspirator: fellow corporate King Kong Electronic Arts.
"Electronic Arts conspired with two former senior Activision executives, West and Zampella (the 'executives') to derail Activision's Call of Duty franchise, disrupt its Infinity Ward development studio, and inflict serious harm on the company," read Activision's motion to amend its countersuit.
The rabbit hole, however, runs even deeper if Activision's to be believed. Apparently, West and Zampella attended a private meeting in EA CEO John Ricitiello's house in order to devise a plan to wriggle out of their legally binding contracts – which still had two years left on them before expiration.
The publisher is also accusing its former Call of Duty dream team of purposefully stepping on fellow COD dev Treyarch's toes and continuing to “possess Activision confidential information long after they left which makes it likely that West and/or Zampella have misused and/or will continue to misuse valuable Activision intellectual property and trade secrets, including computer code, now that they have left Activision."
And finally, the big, ugly, slobber-knocking kicker: In addition to demanding $400 million, Activision wants the court to “prevent Electronic Arts and the former executives from benefiting from their illegal conduct." In other words, the publisher's spawn-camping Respawn Studios.
Joystiq has kindly posted the entire court document if you'd like to practically taste random flecks of dirt from all the mudslinging. Needless to say, it's a doozy.
“Continued defections from their Infinity Ward studio have created meaningful uncertainty around the future of their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise," Hickey said.
"We expect Infinity Ward studio will be essentially closed after their next map pack release, with development work on Modern Warfare 3 spread between two studios not historically tied to the franchise.”
As of last count, more than 30 employees have departed from Infinity Ward within the last month or so – many of whom resurfaced at former IW heads Jason West and Vince Zampella’s Respawn Entertainment a short while later.
Thus far, there’s been nothing but radio silence as far as the next Modern Warfare 2 map pack goes. It is, however, in the works, according to Activision.
So, for now, Infinity Ward soldiers on. With the developer beheaded and rapidly bleeding employees, though, we're not sure scrambling for cover and waiting a few seconds for the strawberry jelly to disappear from their screen is going to work this time.
When Infinity Ward's Jason West and Vince Zampella left Activision / Infinity Ward, many of us wondered, just how bad could things possibly be? Well if you believe Activision's side of the story "We treat our developers extremely well" said COO Thomas Tippl.
"If their games are successful, they are compensated better here than anywhere else. We've been paying our talent millions of dollars for their work. Our setup provides a win-win opportunity. We ensure your work will reach a wide audience. Therefore, we have attracted, and we will continue to attract the top talent in this industry."
If getting paid millions of dollars could be considered "being treated extremely well", then I guess they have a point. But that doesn't explain why the Infinity Ward's quit count is up to 10, with many of those rumored to be moving over to an EA backed competitor called Respawn Entertainment.
It will be interesting to see just how many end up jumping off the Modern Warfare bandwagon in the coming months, and if it ends up creating a viable competitor for the Call of Duty series. After all, Palm is made up of ex-Apple employees who never managed to launch an iPhone killer.
So is it talent, circumstance, or both that make a game great?
They may have lost their jobs and their possibly-the-most-successful-videogame-franchise-in-history, but former Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella are getting right back on the horse. Dubbing their new endeavor Respawn Entertainment, the two have hopped into bed with former rival Electronic Arts.
“For the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise,” said Zampella. “. 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.”
“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,” added West.
On a – we’re sure – totally unrelated note, no less than eight veteran Infinity Ward employees have left the rapidly deflating developer within the past week. We can’t even begin to imagine where they might be going.