Yesterday's news regarding the departure of Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella sent shockwaves through the gaming industry. From developers to hardcore gamers, few people were able to contain their emotions regarding the team behind last year's biggest blockbuster game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. As the industry braces itself in anticipation of an official announcement from either party, many can only speculate and hope for the best for the development house.
As I glanced through Twitter, I came across reactions from many on the development side. Here's a few choice quotes that I came across (besides this one):
"Man. The goings on at Infinity Ward is just nuts."
-- Dave Feltham, Senior Designer, BioWare
"I hope they're all ok! I wish someone would saying something definitive about the situation," in response to Feltham.
-- Megan Sawyer, Environmental Artist, Bethesda
"Man. I bet IW execs Vince and Alex (sic) feel like they just played their own game IRL. All the way to the end of the level only to get betrayed."
"IW falling apart? Way to go Activision, you just shot your cash cow. Dumbasses. Respect for those at IW if true."
-- Alan Kertz, Sr. Designer on Battlefield Bad Company 2
"If anyone from Infinity Ward reads this, hang in there. This is nuts."
-- Casey Malone, Designer at Harmonix
"Thoughts go out to the guys at Infinity Ward."
-- Michael Heilemann, Level Designer at Io Interactive
"Infinity Ward drama = scary/sad. What's next? Miyamoto leaving Nintendo?"
-- Ed Boon, Co-Creator of Mortal Kombat
"wtf is going on? i go watch the hurt locker and come back from forgetting there's a world around me to emerge in bizarro world re: IW"
-- Arne Meyer, Community Manager, Naughty Dog
Who've you been following during the developments, and what's their response been?