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IW devs sue Activision

The already turbulent story of Activision and Infinity Ward has taken another bitter twist with confirmation that ousted IW bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella are to sue the publisher. The pair claim that Activision terminated their employment just weeks before they were due to be paid ‘substantial royalty payments’ …

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New developer for Call of Duty

Following a day of intense speculation surrounding Activision and Infinity Ward, the publisher has confirmed the departure of bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella from the successful studio – and a new developer for the record-breaking franchise. 2011’s Call of Duty release will be developed by newly formed studio Sledgehammer …

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Activision axes Infinity Ward bosses

The unremittingly tense relationship between Infinity Ward and its owner Activision has become the backdrop to new allegations that the publisher has discharged two studio heads at the Modern Warfare developer. The alleged dismissal of Vince Zampella and Jason West sparks further suggestions that a bitter row has taken place …

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Capcom bringing key IP back to Japan

Capcom has said in an investor Q&A that it intends to change the way it handles third party development partnerships with the intention of delegating new IP projects to its Japanese studios. Capcom believes that its partnership with fallen Swedish studio Grin has demonstrated the difficulty” of outsourcing projects to …

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JAPAN: Wada urges gamers to go West

Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has (not for the first time) levelled some harsh criticism at the Japanese games market, stating that Japanese gamers still harbour an unfair bias against Western-developed titles. Wada was speaking in a YouTube interview, spotted by Kotaku, about the Japanese word ‘youge’. Directly translated it …

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Square Enix reveals ‘first global game’

Japan-headquartered Square Enix and its Canadian studio Eidos Montreal are collaborating on the firm’s first truly global game, according to CEO Yoichi Wada. Speaking at the Montreal Games Summit today, the publisher boss said that Eidos Montreal is working on a third title alongside Deus Ex 3 and Thief 4. …

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Square Enix axing Japanese staff?

In what is fast appearing as the game industry’s largest ever mass-migration from East to West, mega-publisher Square Enix is rumoured to be reducing as many as 300 staff from its native base in Japan. The rumours, first reported by Kotaku, come as Square Enix continues to pour its sizable …

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Codemasters drops ArchLord

UK publisher Codemasters has chosen not to renew its deal to operate MMO ArchLord in the West – though the game will not be closing with Webzen stepping in to take control of the service. A Codemasters statement on the ArchLord forum reads: Our licence for ArchLord is due to …

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NCSoft restructuring takes shape

Restructuring at NCsoft continues to spark job losses and new development strategies at the MMO publisher. The company is continuing to ‘solidify and streamline’ operations across its NCsoft West territories, which include its offices in America and Europe – meaning up to 90 jobs will be impacted. For all the …

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