Vince Zampella and Jason West from Infinity Ward ‘Respawn’ with EA


Not too surprising but big none-the-less, The two bosses of Infinity Ward that got Sacked by Activision have created a new company; Respawn Entertainment. Hmm I wonder what they could be referring to with that name? This news only helps to add further intrigue into the overdrawn lawsuit between the two developers and Activision after Zampella and West were accused of trying to sign with EA.

Vince Zampella, General Manager of Respawn Entertainment said this in announcing the deal;

“Respawn Entertainment marks a fresh start for Jason and me. For the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise. We’re very proud of what we built – and proud that so many millions of fans enjoyed those games. Today we hope to do it all over again — open a new studio, hire a great team, and create brand new games with a new partner, EA.”

They also added this little chestnut too;

“Now that the team is in control of the games and brands, we can ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve.”

A non too sly dig at the latest Stimulus Package for MW2?

Hopefully this move can breathe some new life into the developers as a lot of people felt they were stagnating at Activision but I can’t help but feel a sense of overcrowding at EA now. When you factor in DICE making the Battlefield games and the online for the new Medal of Honor along with EA LA handling the single-player campaign. That’s a lot of different Modern Warfare studios making games for EA. Presuming of course that Respawn Entertainment’s next game is a Modern Warfare title. Oh and lets not forget Infinity Ward Left EA to go to Activision after making the early Medal of Honor games.

Yahoo!: Jason West and Vince Zampella Form ‘Respawn Entertainment’


Written by: Trev - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Royalty32 on April 12th, 2010

    Good news indeed. Hopefully now the ps3 will get the love it deserves. Though with a name like Respawn Ent. i can only think of them making FPS. Now will it be another MW clone or will it be something completly different. I guess only time will tell. Good to see these two guys gettin back on there feet. Congrats!

  2. #2 by EdEN on April 12th, 2010 [ 131293 Points ]

    Well, let’s wait and see if they can actually develop a new FPS withous Activision suing them due to breach of contract. I’m pretty sure somewhere in their contract under their old employee there existed a “not-compete” clause.

  3. #3 by Royalty32 on April 12th, 2010

    Ok so i really dont understand why Activision are suin them. Somebody plz inform me of whats goin on.

  4. #4 by Jay on April 12th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    they’re suing West and Zampella for subordination and breach of contract. Given how fast everything is developing (just a little over a month since firing and they already have a new studio under EA?), if you read the older stories, it’s starting to look like Activision’s claims were correct, but so were theirs. Id say both parties are guilty of some things

    And if Activision continues the CoD franchise (since I believe they own the rights to the name now), another studio making FPS games is not only going to oversaturate EA’s ‘modern warfare’ titles, but the FPS market as a whole

  5. #5 by SicSemperTyranis on April 12th, 2010 [ 6405 Points ]

    Didn’t these guys leave EA in the first place? How is that a “fresh” start….

  6. #6 by Luke on April 12th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    I am with Jay on this, how are they saying Activisions statements are false? Activision said that they were taking private jets to meet with EA executives and now several weeks later they have a new studio are with EA.

    Now I guess EA could have gotten wind of this after they fired them both and now are trying to make it seem like they were planning this all along and this is why they fired them, just so they don’t have to pay them.

  7. #7 by Legion213 on April 12th, 2010 [ 675 Points ]

    @SicSemperTyranis
    A new start because they no longer have to work in the confines of Activision. They can have creative control over their games nows. Just because they worked with EA before doesn’t mean that what happens now can’t be different then before.

    EA and Activision are 2 of the biggest publishers around. EA actually topping Activision last year. So to have the budget to create games as big as CoD. You need a big publisher backing you up. The sad thing is though. Activision has to much control in their games. So hopefully with EA. We can get map packs for 5 dollars instead of 15. We can get dedicated servers in multiplayer. They can take their time in developing the game and not have churn one out every year like Activision wants.

    I’m not worried at all about over saturating the genre of FPS. FPS have been around for over 30 years. They get better as time goes on. All that happens when you have more titles, is competition. With competition you see better games. When something comes out that surpasses COD. COD will have to get better in order to compete. If not then the title dies and we move on.

    When you have one top dog and there’s no competition. Then that title becomes stale. We saw it before with COD. All we were getting were more WWII games from COD. Then DICE came out with Battlefield 2. Which I’m sure COD took a hit from. So then we got Modern Warfare the following year. Which had a great (but short) campaign. Not looking to be upstaged, DICE decided that Battlefield doesn’t always need to be just a online shooter. So they came out with Bad Company. Giving us both a single player campaign and something new in the mulriplayer. Destructive environments.

    Now Medal of Honor is getting into the action of taking their games into modern times. So far, it looks like the new Medal of Honor is going to be awesome. That means we can look forward to seeing better games in the future.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what Respawn can come out with. I really hope that they get most of the team from Infinity Ward to come over to Respawn. Time will tell I guess.

  8. #8 by Ace on April 12th, 2010 [ 23465 Points ]

    I could see it now Call Of Duty Bad company 3, who wouldn’t buy that game….

  9. #9 by Macdory on April 12th, 2010 [ 3425 Points ]

    I’ve got an idea for a game – it should be a FPS, set either in the jungle or a modern setting. The SP part can just be bits bolted together, and it doesn’t matter if the story makes any sense at all as long as it doesn’t last any more than 6 hours. We can then focus our efforts on the MP aspect, allowing players to level up their skills and gain new weapons. We should call it “NOT Call of Duty” – I’m sure nobody will have seen anything like it before :p

  10. #10 by game montage on April 25th, 2010

    i hope it all works out and they make a much improved version of cod,


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