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From Infinity Ward Lawsuits to Declawed Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 4th March 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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Activision, Borderlands, DRM, Game news, Jason West, Portal, Ubisoft, Vince Zampella

West and Zampella to Sue Activision

From Infinity Ward Lawsuits to Declawed Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 4th March 2010

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella are bringing legal action against Activision for unlawful termination and unpaid royalties. Not only that, but they're also vying for the contractual rights to the Modern Warfare brand; which could make their future company a lot of money (especially if Infinity Ward employees jump ship when their contract expires...).

Unpaid Royalties? Now that's interesting. We recently informed you that Infinity Ward hasn't received a penny of the substantial residuals generated by the billion dollar franchise, and the spectacular ousting of the leadership couldn't have come at a more suspicious time.

"Instead of thanking, lauding, or just plain paying Jason and Vince for giving Activision the most successful entertainment product ever offered to the public. Last month Activision hired lawyers to conduct a pretextual 'investigation' into unstated and unsubstantiated charges of 'insubordination' and 'breach of fiduciary duty,' which then became the grounds for their termination."- Robert Schwartz, Attorney

Hopefully these lawsuits will shed more light into the alleged "insubordination" committed by West and Zampella. We're all dying to know what they did... if anything.

[via Joystiq]

Ubisoft DRM: Now 50% Less Evil

From Infinity Ward Lawsuits to Declawed Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 4th March 2010

Ubisoft's deeply unpopular online DRM has become a target for disenfranchised PC gamers and pirates (who claim to have hacked it within 24 hours). In an effort to both improve their public image and beef up security, Ubi has released a patch that allows disconnected players to continue from the exact place they left off rather than forcing them to return to a previous checkpoint. It also doubtlessly contains a few security upgrades.

This is a step in the right direction- but it's simply too little too late to sway the hearts and minds of the gaming public. Ubisoft have already alienated a huge proportion of their PC consumers and are going to have to seriously reconsider their DLC options to win them back. [Ubisoft]

Portal Ending Upgraded [Spoiler Free]

From Infinity Ward Lawsuits to Declawed Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 4th March 2010

A new Portal Patch has changed the final cutscene to bring it in line with the latest rumours. We won't give the game away, but if you don't own the PC version of Portal (or are too lazy to play Valve's masterpiece through again), then here it is. [Steam Forums]

More Borderlands DLC Incoming

From Infinity Ward Lawsuits to Declawed Ubisoft DRM - News Roundup 4th March 2010

Borderlands was recently graced with The Secret Armory of General Knoxx; a fantastic piece of DLC that expanded and improved the game experience across the board (though it did suffer from serious difficulty issues). Most gamers assumed that this would be Borderlands' swan song, but this simply isn't the case. In the latest Take Two financial earnings call, CEO Ben Feder stated:

"We will continue to support the title with more add-on content."

Groovy. As an avid Borderlands junkie, I'm delighted that my online shooter of choice is going to be supported for the foreseeable future. However, I hope that Gearbox will be free to continue with the frankly excellent-looking Alien: Colonial Marines now that Rebellion's AvP sales have been verified! [Kotaku]

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