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.