I just read about this one. Robert Bowling – Creative Strategist for Call of Duty MW3 has resigned from Infinity Ward and Activision. Although it is unknown as to the reason why he suddenly announced his resignation on Twitter today – it is a sad day for the Call of Duty series and it’s players. He was the voice and one of the creative geniuses behind the Call of Duty and although people might have love to hate the guy, I will miss his tweets. Read my thoughts behind the resignation as well as others in this post.
Activision’s Press Release Statement was pretty short and didn’t provide any additional information (Source: Venture Beat):
“We sincerely thank Robert for his many years of service. He’s been a trusted and valued member of the Infinity Ward team. We wish him all the best on his decision to pursue future opportunities.”
This is speculation on my part. It could be related to the recent ruling denying Jason Ward and Vince Zampella two former Infinity Ward employees about a fraudulent inducement claim they had against Activision. That or he didn’t like the direction of how the Call of Duty series was being handled by Activision and decided to get out while the going was good? (Again this is just me guessing – I don’t know..) You can read this article here from Cinemablend about possibly another theory that he was unhappy about Activision’s business model and about his wanting to give away free DLC for “throwback” maps.
This doesn’t bode well for the series since Activision purchased Infinity Ward back in 2003 (Source: IGN). Even though the series has made record profits ($6,000,000,000.00 dollars!!), the game hasn’t truly been the same. You can read Whether its Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty MW3 – They Both Suck! to find out more info on why and decide for yourself.
What do you think this means for the game? Do you think we have seen the climax of the series and is it all down hill from here? Or do you think Infinity Ward and Activision will keep the Call of Duty series alive and kicking? Let me know in the Comments below.