Emails that were previously redacted from the ex-Infinity Ward and Activison lawsuit allegedly show EA discussing their intentions to delay Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's first map pack until after the release of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Documents from the lawsuit include an email from EA's senior director of global marketing Lincoln Hershberger and was sent to several high ranking members of EA including EA's senior vice president of marketing, EA LA general manager, EA's senior vice president and the executive producer of the Battlefield franchise. The email's subject was "The Fall of IW?"
The alleged email was sent on March 3, 2010, just a day after the Infinity Ward firings were made public. The email stated: "A couple months ago, I asked Vince [Zampella] to hold back their map pack until after we launched (he owes me one). Given that they've already made a billion, he was cool with that, obviously Kotick took it as being belligerent."
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 launched on March 2, 2010. CoD: Modern Warfare 2's DLC pack, Stimulus Package, was released on March 30, 2010.
These documents were discovered by Gamasutra and when they asked EA for a comment EA spokesman Jeff Brown said the email was supposed to be a joke. "This was obviously sarcasm," he told them. "It's clear from the email this was a joke and they never spoke. We explained this to lawyers at Activision -- who apparently don't have much of a sense of humor." Activison's cross-complaint sited EA's reason for sending the email was to "boost its competing but less successful FPS franchise." "Less successful," I think they have a slight sense of humor.
We found out earlier this month Activision had requested to add EA to their suit against Infinity Ward. That request has officially been accepted and EA has been added to its $400 million cross-complaint against Vince Zampella and Jason West, the ex-heads of Infinity Ward. EA is accused of conspiring with Zampella and West to break their arrangement with Activision.
Do you think EA and Infinity Ward were in cahoots to delay CoD: MW2's map pack or is Activision just trying to help their case?