Jason West and Vince Zampella, the leads behind the creation of Modern Warfare and caught in the midst of a seemingly bitter labor dispute with former employer Activision, have decided to form their own studio. Respawn Entertainment is official, although so new they don’t even have a website (that will come in time).
The bigger news is of course that Respawn will be partnering with Activision rival Electronic Arts via their EA Partners Business. EA will be responsible for funding the company (and will kick them off with several million dollars in seed capital). Activision released a statement expressing their feelings towards the new company:
“This agreement comes as no surprise to Activision given the myriad of improper activities detailed in the cross-complaint filed on Friday against Jason West and Vince Zampella. We look forward to continuing to work with Infinity Ward’s deep bench of proven talent on exciting new projects.”
Ouch. Talk about having no love for a former group of employees. Wouldn’t you love to be in the lawyers room when all of these accusations are flinging around?