West and Zampella, Infinity Ward heads and people responsible for last year's blockbuster Modern Warfare 2, were fired recently (if you hadn't heard). They've later formed a new studio - Respawn Entertainment - and sued Activision for withholding all the MW2 royalties and for being jerks, generally. Of course, Activision countersued, claiming that West and Zampella were trying to undermine both Activision and Infinity Ward. What a mess.
An understandably anonymous Infinity Ward insider had this to say about the flailing studio today:
"IW as you know it is dead...and it will continue to crumble. There are a lot more veterans who are definitely going to leave."
Of Activision management, the source also added:
"They never saw this coming. They can't believe what's going on. At first they gave us some bull**** about moving up payments of all the money they owe us to sooner increments. That was when [designer] Todd [Alderman] and [engineer] Frank [Gigliotti] left. But with the announcement of Respawn and all the people leaving, they just got their heads in their hands.
... They fired the two most amazing leaders we've ever seen, and then shafted us all out of a lot of money that was promised to us...there is nothing they can do to gain our trust or respect. And I'm pretty sure they know it now.""
Karma sucks, eh? We'll see what Activision has to say on the matter shortly, I'm sure. The future of IW looks questionable, at best.