There has been a lot of buzz going around about what the recently fired Infinity Ward co-founders (Jason West and Vince Zampella) are going to do now that they are sans employment. This morning the speculation has come to an end.
Today West and Zampella announced that they have formed a new studio, dubbed Respawn Entertainment, and have signed an exclusive publishing agreement with EA.
According to Zampella, “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.”
West added, “We’re excited. 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.”
EA Partners president Frank Gibeau threw in his two cents saying, “This is the start of a great publishing partnership – one that I expect will develop blockbuster game franchises. Jason and Vince are two of the top creative leaders in the entertainment industry. At EA, we’re honored to be their partners and to give them the support they need to hire a team and return to making incredible games.”
It is important to note that the agreement between Respawn Entertainment and EA stresses that “the move positions the Respawn Entertainment leadership team as the owners of the intellectual property they create.” This is an important clause considering West and Zampella are currently suing Activision for ownership of the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare brands they created.
Respawn has yet to announce any projects. In fact the studio is still looking for “a world-class team of designers, artists and engineers.” If you think you have what it takes, Respawn is accepting resumes at firstname.lastname@example.org.