In case you didn’t know, former Infinity Ward studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella are no longer with the Activision owned studio they helped form. It had a little something to do with their being booted out of their own offices and then filing a $500 million lawsuit against their former employer. Ouch.
Don’t feel too bad for Jason and Vince though. It didn’t take them and their newly formed/appropriately named studio “Respawn Entertainment” very long to find a comfy new home with rival publisher EA. And they’ve got plenty of familiar faces to keep them company as well, considering nearly every employee (and there was a bunch) that left Infinity Ward flocked to Respawn like bees to honey (or flies to shit depending on which side of the fence you’re on).
Anyhow, I’m not quite sure how anyone wouldn’t know this by now, considering the two apparently share a Facebook account with a giant EA logo plastered to it. What are they using this social networking page for you ask? Well, in addition to serving as a giant “fuck you” to Activision, the two recently used it to make a brief yet lofty E3 promise to their loyal fans:
“big time announcement at E3 next week. stay tuned, kiddies!”
Whether their E3 reveal will live up to “big time” status remains to be seen, however Jason and Vince seemed to describe the demographic they were addressing very appropriately, considering one of the questions posed by their Facebook faithful asked:
“Is it going to be Call of Duty or something else?”
Gee, well I dunno guy. Let’s see, Activision legally owns all rights to the Call of Duty franchise, Jason and Vince no longer work there, and the two sides are involved in a heated legal battle. Sooooo yeah, I’d say the chances of that being their “big time” announcement is somewhere between “not gonna happen” and “no fucking way.”
And now back to the lovely world of reality. I think it’s pretty safe to say that we can all agree the “announcement” we’re poised to hear at E3 is almost guaranteed to be a First Person Shooter, especially when you consider the successful/lucrative track record the two have had in that field of play.
The best part here for Jason and Vince, is that they’ve once again got complete control, with the added bonus of ownership, over whatever it is they create, thanks to the unique approach of the EA Partnership Program. As gamers, we can only hope they use this opportunity to create an amazing new IP that blows our minds and lines their pockets.
Make sure to follow Ripten’s E3 2010 coverage starting Monday of next week, as we bring you live info from our on-the-floor team. And if you aren’t up to speed on what games will be there, head on over to our complete game listing page broken down by publisher.
Update: EA is reporting that the Facebook page and the announcement are both fake. Read about it here.