The wait to hopefully see an outcome in the ongoing legal drama between Activision and the former heads of Infinity Ward, Jason West and Vince Zampella, may soon be on the path to ending.
After back-and-forth amendments to their respective suits, and just recently having a Judge rule that Activision must face the charges against them, the case filed by West/Zampella is officially heading to court with a trial date now set for May 7th, 2012. A date for Activision’s side of the battle to be put before the court has yet to be decided. The Call of Duty publisher maintains the counter-suit’s claims are merit-less.
What will happen at the end of all this remains to be seen. Will West/Zampella achieve victory, and not only be awarded the millions in damages and alleged unpaid royalties they seek, but also secure creative control over the Modern Warfare brand? Will Activision win out, getting a pay day from the duo, as well as cross-defendant Electronic Arts? Or could we see a settlement reached before the court is able to render a verdict?
Meanwhile, West and Zampella’s new gig Respawn Entertainment continues to work away on their unannounced, EA-published “sci-fi shooter”, which should be out sometime in the next few years. The timing of this trial, just a month before E3 2012, would be the perfect lead-in to a Respawn game announcement at the trade show, wouldn’t it?