Analyst: "We expect Infinity Ward studio will be essentially closed"

The troubled Infinity Ward studio, responsible for the massively popular Call of Duty Modern Warfare franchise, could be shut down by Activision once the second Modern Warfare 2 map pack is completed, at least according to Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey.

"Continued defections from their Infinity Ward studio have created meaningful uncertainty around the future of their Call of Duty: Modern Warfare franchise," Hickey wrote in an investor note, as reported by CVG.

"We expect Infinity Ward studio will be essentially closed after their next map pack release, with development work on Modern Warfare 3 spread between two studios not historically tied to the franchise," he said, likely referring to Treyarch and Sledgehammer who have both been connected with developing future Call of Duty titles.

Such a move is possible with many of Infinity Ward's top staff members believed to have left the studio since March. While a few have gone to other studios, most of the staff appear to have ended up at EA-backed Respawn Entertainment, which was founded by ex-Infinity Ward bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella.

Last week, former and current Infinity Ward employees filed a $125 million lawsuit against publisher Activision over alleged unpaid royalty and bonus payments.

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I agree with you to a point, the online side of things is quite addictive but some of the silly bugs are frustrating. Someone earlier mentioned a shotgun having the range of an assault rifle plus other silly little things frustrate.
Still it has been a massive success and will probably continue to be for a few more years, that is unless the next edition is pants

I just love how all these Modern Warfare 2 haters are bashing the game that I am pretty sure they never even played or played for 5 minutes and dismissed it. MW2 is a great game in both the single player and online mode. I have played and cleared MW2 on Veteran 3 times already because the storyline is amazing. As for the online mode it is addicting as hell ranking up and improving your perks and weapons. I am currently 2nd Prestige with no signs of stopping (I know 2nd prestige isn't uber impressive but hey I am not joining the stupid hacked lobbies to get instant 10th Prestige). With that off my chest I must ask : Do these haters actually have gameplay time under their belts or all they all full of ****?

Donut212 said,
I just love how all these Modern Warfare 2 haters are bashing the game that I am pretty sure they never even played or played for 5 minutes and dismissed it. MW2 is a great game in both the single player and online mode. I have played and cleared MW2 on Veteran 3 times already because the storyline is amazing. As for the online mode it is addicting as hell ranking up and improving your perks and weapons. I am currently 2nd Prestige with no signs of stopping (I know 2nd prestige isn't uber impressive but hey I am not joining the stupid hacked lobbies to get instant 10th Prestige). With that off my chest I must ask : Do these haters actually have gameplay time under their belts or all they all full of ****?

I played the entire story and tried multiplayer, I think I can say with my opinion I disliked it. I'm also sure if someone plays it for just 5 or 10 minutes, in their opinion they can state they don't like it.

You don't have to be an oracle to see that their actions would drive off their talent. No developers means no money. Activision's got a long history of stupid decisions.

+1 After all, if analysts had any idea what they were talking about, they'd be accomplishing something and contributing to society, rather than parasitically feeding off the triumphs and tribulations of those that "do".

Tbf cod needs to end, the fact that iw have released map packs with remaks of origional maps (from the first cod) so little innovation. Mw2 was the just mw but all the good points
ruined due to being over used.
iw need a new war ti makes games about modern war has had it's time and mw2 proved that

To be honest, Treyarch makes higher quality games than Infinity Ward, despite MW2 being over-hyped. I still play WaW because it is solely more fun. No one endlessly noob tubes, or uses shot guns that have the range of a silenced assault rifle. And best of all, they fix glitches like a champ. I don't find myself getting angry when I play WaW, but I do when I play MW2. CoD4 is along the lines of WaW (meaning it's fun to play and no one abuses things out the bum), but Treyarch makes way better maps.

COD needs to die... Who thought it would be a good idea to come out with a new game in the series every single year? Greed is what killed off COD, Activison are a complete fail.

pjw said,
COD needs to die... Who thought it would be a good idea to come out with a new game in the series every single year? Greed is what killed off COD, Activison are a complete fail.

qft. the last great cod was CoD2, after that they turned their focus to the consoles where most profit would yield.

mollick2 said,

qft. the last great cod was CoD2, after that they turned their focus to the consoles where most profit would yield.

Console gaming sucks. It ****ed me off to no end knowing that MW2 was just a console port.

Frylock86 said,

Console gaming sucks. It ****ed me off to no end knowing that MW2 was just a console port.

TBH, MW2 runs great on my PC. Port or not, it runs good. No Dedi's wasnt such a big issue for me.

mollick2 said,

qft. the last great cod was CoD2, after that they turned their focus to the consoles where most profit would yield.

Hit the nail on the head

Frylock86 said,

Console gaming sucks. It ****ed me off to no end knowing that MW2 was just a console port.

PC gaming is a dead horse that needs to be taken out to pasteur.
Buy a console and move to the top of the gaming world, or live with 2nd rate crap without complaining.

sao123 said,

PC gaming is a dead horse that needs to be taken out to pasteur.
Buy a console and move to the top of the gaming world, or live with 2nd rate crap without complaining.

You sir, are an idiot

It might be best if the CoD and MW titles are left to their fate at the hands of Activision, the names are forever tainted by now. Respawn is a new company with a new publisher, lets see if the former IW guys and their new co-workers can create another franchise.

zeke009 said,
It might be best if the CoD and MW titles are left to their fate at the hands of Activision, the names are forever tainted by now. Respawn is a new company with a new publisher, lets see if the former IW guys and their new co-workers can create another franchise.

Screw another franchise.

I'd prefer a good game please.

zeke009 said,
It might be best if the CoD and MW titles are left to their fate at the hands of Activision, the names are forever tainted by now. Respawn is a new company with a new publisher, lets see if the former IW guys and their new co-workers can create another franchise.

I'd rather IW got the rights.

History is repeating itself. This happened with Sierra Entertainment and Value. The 2 companies argued and went seperate ways (however Value got all rights to the Half-Life series).

WV2MJR said,
History is repeating itself. This happened with Sierra Entertainment and Value. The 2 companies argued and went seperate ways (however Value got all rights to the Half-Life series).
You mean Valve

Ridlas said,
You mean Valve

I lol. God I love Half Life. Was playing them again recently and I can say, they are missing DX10/11. The smoke looks ridiculous, not all soft partically like. But damn it's fun to play.

Ridlas said,
Lets hope it doesn't become crap like the other Treyarch online games

MW2's matchmaking compared to Treyarch's WaW is pure crap. I don't play WaW at all, in fact I've played less than 2 hours since I bought the game... but the sheer fact that I can attest to it's higher quality for matchmaking versus MW2 says a lot. And I've played over 400 hours of MW2 to know this.

Cupcakes said,

MW2's matchmaking compared to Treyarch's WaW is pure crap. I don't play WaW at all, in fact I've played less than 2 hours since I bought the game... but the sheer fact that I can attest to it's higher quality for matchmaking versus MW2 says a lot. And I've played over 400 hours of MW2 to know this.

I was referring to the online gameplay.

EA will gladly pick up a successful development team...no problemo.

Smooth move, Activision. You lost the entire forest of future products from this proven team in exchange for some short term profiteering.

If I was dumb enough to have stock in Activision, I'd be one LIVID stockholder right now.

If I was dumb enough to have stock in Activision, I'd be one LIVID stockholder right now.

Activision has Blizzard behind them. So they'll keep earning millions upon millions just from WoW.

excalpius said,
EA will gladly pick up a successful development team...no problemo.

Smooth move, Activision. You lost the entire forest of future products from this proven team in exchange for some short term profiteering.

If I was dumb enough to have stock in Activision, I'd be one LIVID stockholder right now.

activision is the only greedy pig in this equation. did you see how much was charged for the stimulus package?

tablet_user said,

activision is the only greedy pig in this equation. did you see how much was charged for the stimulus package?

Huh? Either English is your second language, or you've put a huge non-sequitur out here, or both...