[Update] EA has responded to Zampella’s original confirmation – details below. [End of Update]
If we travel back a number of years to the very beginning of the Call of Duty series, we would see a brand new development studio formed from former employees of 2015 – the original creators of the Medal of Honor series.
This brand new studio’s name? Infinity Ward, and at the company’s head stood two inseparable leaders, Vince Zampella and Jason West.
Infinity Ward went on to create arguably the biggest videogame franchise of all time, Call of Duty, remaining with the studio until after the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Following the launch of Modern Warfare 2, the pair were fired after allegedly getting caught conspiring to form another new studio, using parent company Activision’s time and resources to do so.
West and Zampella then went on to form a new development studio anyway – Respawn Entertainment – along with a large number of Infinity Ward old guard who left to follow West and Zampella in a new venture. Respawn soon struck a publishing deal with EA Partners, and other than a blurry screenshots or two over the years, we haven’t heard anything since.
The Adventures Continue
So what is Respawn and the two Call of Duty creators working on now? We might just find out at E3 2013 in June.
From a very recent tweet by Vince Zampella:
“I’ve gotten a ‘few’ questions about [E3 Expo] plans this year. Yes, we will finally be at E3!”
Why is this significant news? I’ve personally witnessed both West and Zampella at E3 before as they sat in on last year’s EA press conference, so why is that word ‘finally’ so important?
Zampella has just sent a message that Respawn Entertainment will ‘finally’ be showing the team’s game at E3 this year – a game reveal we’ve been waiting to witness for close on three years.
Respawn’s next game is widely believed to be a shooter, especially given the team’s background in game development, and the fact the EA’s next big shooter in Battlefield 4 is believed to only be due out in 2014 means that Respawn’s title could handily fill the late 2013 release slate gap for the publisher.
The prospect of this year’s Call of Duty going up against Respawn Entertainment’s shooter this holiday season is juicy indeed.
The official EA Twitter account followed up Vince Zampella’s tweet by responding to his post thus:
“We’re excited too, Vince!”
So we’ve got confirmation from both the developer and the publisher, so we can almost officially expect a showing of Respawn’s first game at E3 2013.
One last tweet by Zampella cemented the belief that Respawn would show ‘something’ at the show in June this year, writing:
“I have no intention of showing up empty handed! I can’t say anything else right now.”
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Have you been waiting to see what West, Zampella and Respawn Entertainment have been up to following their adventures with Call of Duty, Infinity Ward and Activision? We’ll be sure to gather up the rumours and speculation as they hit ahead of whatever is due to be revealed at E3 2013.