As more and more of the goings on between Activision and ex-Infinity Ward-ers Jason West and Vince Zampella come to light, one interesting possibility emerges.
A whole mess of documentation has come to light regarding the ongoing dispute between Activision and Jason West and Vince Sampella - the two guys behind Infinity Ward when Acti fired them.
We covered the mess when it began, but there's a mess of better coverage out there right now that's been published in the last 24 hours. Laura Parker over at Gamespot's rounded up some telling emails between Activision honchos Bobby Kotick, Brian Kelly, and Mike Griffith, wherein they discuss getting rid of West and Zampella; over at Game Informer, Andy McNamara has a cracking interview with the two men, which is real eye opener into the kind of goings on at that level of game publishing.
It's basically one big tale of attempted corporate espionage, bullying, and legal knot-tying. Guys - it's essential reading.
However, there's one really interesting thing in the interview, wherein West and Zampella's lawyer, Robert Schwartz, says, regarding the control that the two Infinity Ward employees wanted: "And, if Activision wants to do Call of Duty Asia as an MMO with Modern Warfare assets, they have got to get their permission."
It's entirely possible it's just being thrown out there as a 'for instace', but that's awfully specific. Activision's been looking for a way to increase its monetisation of the Call of Duty brand for a while, and quite openly, too. Leveraging the huge fanbase of CoD to play subscription-based MMO, or even a free-to-play one with micro-transactions, would be one way of pretty much mainlining dollar bills.
And if there's one thing that this saga seems to suggest, it's that Activision seems to be capable of pretty much anything.