Rumor has it that EA is willing to spend one million dollars to acquire a former Infinity Ward studio head. Activision canned Infinity Ward's leaders, Vince Zampella and Jason West, last month, citing "insubordination." Doesn't look like the duo will be unemployed for long, unless they're enjoying the leisure. In a recommendation posted on Zampella's LinkedIn page, a former Infinity Ward employee wrote:
"Rumor in the industry is that EA placed a million-dollar bounty for snapping up any IW studio lead, like Vince. Just the fact that the rumor is out there should speak volumes about how badly people want Vince working on their products."
The "million-dollar bounty" is pretty tenuous, but it wouldn't be surprising if EA were looking to snag either Zampella or West, and it would certainly be interesting if either of them went to EA. They formerly headed up the development of Medal of Honor: Allied Assault, so... they helped build the Medal of Honor franchise, left to form Infinity Ward, overtook MoH with Call of Duty, and could now go back and potentially overtake Call of Duty with Medal of Honor. What a silly world.
In other news, the Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package is coming to the PC and PS3 in North America on May 4th. Millions of people will buy it, and Activision will continue feasting on money. Meanwhile, we're cautiously optimistic about EALA and DICE's Medal of Honor reboot.
Apr 8, 2010