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Infinity Ward staff shakeup may affect Modern Warfare 2 DLC

March 2, 2010

The turmoil that began at Infinity Ward yesterday is already leading to analysts putting on their thinking caps, according to Industry Gamers. Ben Schachter, an analyst for Broadpoint Amtech, wrote a note to investors and reassured them that the 2010 iteration of Call of Duty remains unaffected by Infinity Ward’s staff changes because the title is being developed by Treyarch. However, it may affect the release of the next Modern Warfare 2 DLC.

Said Schachter:

Disruptions at Infinity Ward could, however, affect quality/timing of the downloadable content (DLC) for Modern Warfare 2 (which we estimate could contribute $0.03 -$0.04 in 2010 EPS). However, it is unclear at this point what the extent of the impact, if any, on the DLC will be…  Troubles at Infinity Ward are concerning, but if only a few folks leave, we do not see much of a disruption. We believe ATVI owns all the Call of Duty IP, and while Infinity Ward has done a phenomenal job with the quality of the games, we think that the brand will continue to flourish even if significant changes occur at the studio.

What do you guys think? Will the next Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty be of the same quality without two of their head honchos? And would a delay for the DLC make you hate your life?

[Thanks Industry Gamers]

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Memo permalink
    March 2, 2010 5:18 pm

    WOW!!! This totally sucks! Activision better have something awesome up their sleeve, if not I forsee the next CoDs to not sell as well. And all this talk about releasing an “action-adventure” CoD has me worried. WTH is going on Activison? Hope everything works out for the IW staff.

    • Jonathan Davila permalink*
      March 2, 2010 6:01 pm

      I personally think Activision would like to COD to be the FPS, or “action-adventure” equivalent of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. We’ll probably end up seeing not only FPS follow-ups, but an MMO (not necessarily RPG). Let’s see what the result of all this is. And yes, I hope IW staffers are doing all right.


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