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Activision: Infinity Ward Will Rise From the Ashes

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Can a team of new developers capture the same magic that the former Infinity Warders did?

The current Infinity Ward is nothing like the studio that built the famous Call of Duty series and made the Modern Warfare 2 franchise what it is today. This is due to the exodus of a third of its staff, much of which was its senior development team.

Activision’s Worldwide Studios boss Dave Stohl told Develop that it doesn't have any intention of messing with Infinity Ward while it tries to rebuild its talent.

“I’m not going to sit here and say no good talent left the studio, because obviously a lot of good talent did,” Stohl said. “But a lot of people who are really passionate about their job are still there.

“We want Infinity Ward to be Infinity Ward,” said Stohl. “It’s a very specific culture”.

Stohl said that Activision is “supporting Infinity Ward in that rebuilding process, [but] I use the term ‘support’ because as much as possible we don’t want to tamper with that group of people.”

The executive added that he is "one hundred per cent confident" that Infinity Ward will return to the form and talent of what it once was.

Helping that fact is that Infinity Ward has received thousands of job applications from hopefuls trying to fill the vacancies.

"Ultimately, Infinity Ward will rise from the ashes," concluded Stohl.

Who's Left at Infinity Ward?

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    gatzby , August 12, 2010 1:18 PM
    Good news people, the receptionist has stayed on.
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    Emperus , August 12, 2010 1:53 PM
    Inspirational title for the next francise - 'MW3 : Rise From The Ashes'
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    JerseyFirefighter , August 12, 2010 1:24 PM
    Acrivision.... ---insert asian joke here---
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    halls , August 12, 2010 1:10 PM
    I might dislike the fact that they left a lot of stuff out of the PC version of MW2, but they sure know how to optimize a game.
    Also, Acrivision.
  • 17 Hide
    uh_no , August 12, 2010 1:12 PM
    what is acrivision?
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    neiroatopelcc , August 12, 2010 1:12 PM
    Those that stay care about their jobs, sure, but what about their products?
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    cleotralix , August 12, 2010 1:14 PM
    Your title has a typo, Acrivision < Activision
  • 27 Hide
    gatzby , August 12, 2010 1:18 PM
    Good news people, the receptionist has stayed on.
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    mikeadelic , August 12, 2010 1:20 PM
    Quote:
    "Ultimately, Respawn will rise from Infinity Ward's ashes," concluded Stohl.

    /TFTFY
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    maigo , August 12, 2010 1:22 PM
    Only the important people left, everyone that stayed just needs the pay check
  • 18 Hide
    JerseyFirefighter , August 12, 2010 1:24 PM
    Acrivision.... ---insert asian joke here---
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    blazeorangeman , August 12, 2010 1:26 PM
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
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    angryfingertips , August 12, 2010 1:34 PM
    Next from Activision:
    "We need to charge $10 month for mp so we can hire better people"
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    Emperus , August 12, 2010 1:53 PM
    Inspirational title for the next francise - 'MW3 : Rise From The Ashes'
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    soo-nah-mee , August 12, 2010 1:54 PM
    This just makes me want to buy anything that Respawn puts out even if it's total crap, which I doubt it will be.
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    warezme , August 12, 2010 1:57 PM
    gatzbyGood news people, the receptionist has stayed on.

    LOL!, I spit out my coffee when I read this. On that note she is very passionate about her job, and looks fetching in a tube top.
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    cknobman , August 12, 2010 2:16 PM
    Frack Activision and frack infinity ward.

    I feel sorry for all the suckers who are going to buy MW Black Ops and support these morons.
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    carickw , August 12, 2010 2:23 PM
    cknobmanFrack Activision and frack infinity ward. I feel sorry for all the suckers who are going to buy MW Black Ops and support these morons.


    A) Black Ops is not MW.
    B) It is not Infinity Ward
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    khaz , August 12, 2010 2:24 PM
    Acrivision, as in acrimony ... duh
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    sliem , August 12, 2010 2:59 PM
    engrish.com
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    mustwarnothers , August 12, 2010 3:29 PM
    As much as I hate Modern Warfare 2, I still play it regularly. I think it's just a matter of there not really being anything else interesting to play.

    But Infinity Ward can choke to death for all I care. Modern Warfare 2 was essentially a way for them to cash in on the MW name, have an automatic best seller regardless of quality, and then have everyone jump ship.

    The hacking is just unbelievable, the matchmaking/hosting is garbage. I can't even count how many times I get stuck with one of the following:

    1. Game gets stuck at map art screen, saying "Waiting for players"
    2. Game gets stuck at "Connecting to game" or whatever the verbiage is, times out after 16-20 tries
    3. Host drops, game waits to transfer host info, drops
    4. MW2 disconnects from steam, have to reconnect.

    I have a reliable 35+ Mbit FIOS connection, that doesn't ever fail in any other type of online activity, except Infinity Ward's steaming pile.
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    TomsSound , August 12, 2010 3:35 PM
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    Stohl said that Activision is “supporting Infinity Ward in that rebuilding process, [but] I use the term ‘support’ because as much as possible we don’t want to tamper with that group of people.”



    Then after they have rebuilt themselves into a successful company and proven they know how to create a great game....
    That's when we'll start tampering with the company :whistle: 
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    Anonymous , August 12, 2010 3:42 PM
    I've bought every single COD game for the PC except MW2. That says a lot, coming from a huge fan of the series. MW2 is worth about $15 to me. When it hits that price point, I will consider it.
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