The infamous Activision vs. Infinity Ward case has come to a close, recent reports say. After heated pre-courtroom conversations between each representative’s attorneys, the case was resolved and will never appear before a jury. Activision claims that the terms of the settlement are strictly confidential, however IGN reports that Jason West of Infinity Ward was seen smiling as he left the courtroom after the settlement proceedings.
Although the terms of the settlement were deemed confidential, previous contractual information revealed in the case indicated that Activision was unable to commercially release any Call of Duty titles set in a post-Vietnam era without written consent from Infinity Ward studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West. Whether or not this clause was upheld during the settlement is yet to be unveiled, but the implications of which could directly affect the development of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. While it’s likely that part of the settlement included a green light to continue development on Black Ops 2, the impact on Activision’s financial earnings will not be “materially affected” by the incident.
Personally, I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to Jason West and Vince Zampella for sticking it to Activision, and I truly hope Bobby Kotick’s pocketbook suffers significantly as a result. West and Zampella’s new studio, Respawn Entertainment, has yet to announce a new title in development, but it’s likely that we’ll see something at E3 this week.