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Activision Talks Infinity Ward, Bungie Game

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Activision isn't having any problems recruiting staff for Infinity Ward.

During E3 2010, Activision Executive Vice President of Studios, Dave Stohl, said that great new franchises will come from the rebuilding of Infinity Ward. The comment comes after Activision canned IW top dogs Vince Zampella and Jason West back in March, and the subsequent walk-outs from over 30 of the IW staff. Now Activision is currently rebuilding the new team and apparently isn't having any problems in the recruiting process.

"It is still a huge recruiting drive," he said. "I’ve been a development guy for a long time, right? Recruiting at IW is not a problem. What we’re trying to do is say that IW is a culture, it’s a way of doing things, there’s a lot of people there and there’s still a lot of passion for doing it. We’re trying to rebuild, trying to help them and support them to rebuild. So people are stepping up, new people are coming in and we’re setting the bar so high. And we’re making sure it fits with the culture of what IW actually is. So far so good."

In addition to Infinity Ward, Stohl also talked about Bungie's new 10-year-long IP, simply calling it "incredible" without revealing any specifics. The relationship between the publisher and developer was revealed back in April, and neither party has revealed anything pertaining to the new IP; they probably won't until Halo: Reach has come and gone.

"Obviously, we haven’t announced timing, or anything like that: they’re focused on launching [Halo] Reach," Stohl said. "But the process is going to be cool, the launch is going to be incredible. I’m really excited."

We'll see. Outside the Halo franchise, Bungie has brought PC gamers IPs such as Marathon, Myth, and Oni. Maybe we'll will get a new dose of Marathon by way of a fourth installment more in tune with today's FPS games... a franchise reboot of sorts.

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    sliem , June 28, 2010 8:08 PM
    Of course recruiting is not a problem, as a lot of people are still unemployed. Most of them need the money and don't care about the activision's attitude or history. At least not yet.
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    DM0407 , June 28, 2010 8:14 PM
    Exactly, whats the quality of the talent?

    I'll take a job for head programmer!
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    Pyroflea , June 28, 2010 8:47 PM
    polly the parrotI have a few great, revolutionary ideas if I were to be a script writer.-Protagonist tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland/underground with mutated monsters/experiments.-Protagonist is in some type of squad and uses guns to shoot NPCs and accomplish missions.


    I've got $25 million for you to develop either of those games. It'll revolutionize the way you game.*

    *Trade Mark Apple inc.
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  • 25 Hide
    sliem , June 28, 2010 8:08 PM
    Of course recruiting is not a problem, as a lot of people are still unemployed. Most of them need the money and don't care about the activision's attitude or history. At least not yet.
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    DM0407 , June 28, 2010 8:14 PM
    Exactly, whats the quality of the talent?

    I'll take a job for head programmer!
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    blasterth , June 28, 2010 8:21 PM
    Game developer? Where do I have to sign?
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    bison88 , June 28, 2010 8:24 PM
    sliem couldn't have said it any better. What kind of idiotic propaganda effort is a statement like that? No shit its not hard to find incredible talent in these record unemployment times. As far as rebuilding the IW brand and team, well they have their work cut out for them. They are always going to be just a shell of their former greatness after much of the original talent left.

    Quote:
    What we’re trying to do is say that IW is a culture, it’s a way of doing things


    Sounds very close to a cult if you ask me.
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    polly the parrot , June 28, 2010 8:33 PM
    I have a few great, revolutionary ideas if I were to be a script writer.

    -Protagonist tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland/underground with mutated monsters/experiments.

    -Protagonist is in some type of squad and uses guns to shoot NPCs and accomplish missions.

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    Pyroflea , June 28, 2010 8:47 PM
    polly the parrotI have a few great, revolutionary ideas if I were to be a script writer.-Protagonist tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland/underground with mutated monsters/experiments.-Protagonist is in some type of squad and uses guns to shoot NPCs and accomplish missions.


    I've got $25 million for you to develop either of those games. It'll revolutionize the way you game.*

    *Trade Mark Apple inc.
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    zybch , June 28, 2010 8:51 PM
    PyrofleaI've got $25 million for you to develop either of those games. It'll revolutionize the way you game.**Trade Mark Apple inc.

    Those ideas are magical.
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    jerreece , June 28, 2010 9:19 PM
    This whole press release is just their way of trying to snub the people who left. It's like trying to say, "Haha we didn't need you anyway!!"
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    Mousemonkey , June 28, 2010 9:30 PM
    Quote:
    I have a few great, revolutionary ideas if I were to be a script writer.

    -Protagonist tries to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland/underground with mutated monsters/experiments.

    -Protagonist is in some type of squad and uses guns to shoot NPCs and accomplish missions.

    Those will never sell, too radical.
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    frozentundra123456 , June 28, 2010 9:39 PM
    IW abandoned their "culture" of true PC gaming with MW2. I serioulsy doubt anyone they bring in will go back to their roots and make games more suitable for the PC. I am afraid the "consolization" will continue.
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    Maxor127 , June 28, 2010 9:56 PM
    Halo basically was Marathon 4. After how disappointing the Halo games were from a story and potential standpoint, I don't think I want to see anymore FPS from them unless it's something built for PCs and not a console port, which will happen when Hell freezes over. Another Myth game would be cool, but I don't think they even own the IP anymore. They had to sell it to Take-Two in the deal where they sold their soul to Microsoft.
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    razercultmember1 , June 28, 2010 10:39 PM
    MW3 will probably be sold as a single player and a multiplayer separate lol with a subscription to play both.
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    jaramill , June 29, 2010 12:32 AM
    frozentundra123456IW abandoned their "culture" of true PC gaming with MW2. I serioulsy doubt anyone they bring in will go back to their roots and make games more suitable for the PC. I am afraid the "consolization" will continue.

    I'm curious "frozentundra123456" what was the culture before? I recently got back into gaming (prior was only LucasArts games - Star Wars) and first game back was CoD4-MW from IW. I'm a PC guy at heart and if I can avoid buying a console, great. That way my PC serves more than 1 purpose (i.e. surfing the web, e-mail).
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    masterjaw , June 29, 2010 12:55 AM
    sliemOf course recruiting is not a problem, as a lot of people are still unemployed. Most of them need the money and don't care about the activision's attitude or history. At least not yet.

    You've hit the nail in the head.
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    matt87_50 , June 29, 2010 1:12 AM
    lol yeah, I'm sure there are a lot of arrogant know nothing 'talents' that can't wait to get on board the Activision money train. I'm still not convinced that everything coming out of there now won't be a complete P.O.S
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    DJ898 , June 29, 2010 2:14 AM
    The quality of the new games is important but Activision is a S.O.B. They gutted Infinity Ward and ruined Starcraft 2 just so they could rake in more cash with no regard to employees or gamers.

    http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=128252

    I will never buy another Activision game.
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    Warsaw , June 29, 2010 3:34 AM
    DJ898The quality of the new games is important but Activision is a S.O.B. They gutted Infinity Ward and ruined Starcraft 2 just so they could rake in more cash with no regard to employees or gamers. http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/vi [...] _id=128252I will never buy another Activision game.

    Same here man, same here....
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    spectrewind , June 29, 2010 5:19 AM
    Recruiting is one thing...
    Producing quality object code that I will pay real dollars for is something else entirely...

    I pulled down a demo for the Steam version if this COD when they did their free weekend usage thing. Frankly I was disappointed.
    My wallet will remain closed to them, for now. --> And this is that the share holders see.
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    liquidsnake718 , June 29, 2010 5:35 AM
    I still think infinity ward as a whole before wasnt as good as crytech... I guess a huge marketing budget from Activision helped alot...
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    dEAne , June 29, 2010 7:04 AM
    Skills, experience and creativity made up a good product.
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