Kotick Loves Games; Betrayed by Friends; Slags Off Schafer
It's been a while since the last update on the Infinity Ward scandal, but Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has been merrily keeping his company in the public eye these last few weeks. However, the controversial boss has recently opened up in a series of interviews... and even shown a human side (!).
Regarding the Infinity Ward Debacle, Kotick feels that West and Zampella forced Activision to carry out the deeply unpopular shock firings. More than that, he apparently considers it a betrayal on a personal level.
"It's one of those things where you get personally disappointed in people you trust and call friends. When you're betrayed by your friends, what do you do?"
Kotick went on to confirm that Infinity Ward are vigorously rehiring from a selection of 5000 candidates, and our current intel suggests that the studio is actively engaged in creating the next Modern Warfare title.
It's not all lollipops and rainbows, though. In a subsequent interview with EDGE magazine, Kotick hit back at the vociferous Double Fine head honcho Tim Schafer.
"I never had any involvement in [Brütal Legend], other than I was in one meeting where the guys looked at it and said, 'He's late, he's missed every milestone, he's overspent the budget and it doesn't seem like a good game. We're going to cancel it.' And do you know what? That seemed like a sensible thing to do. And it turns out, he was late, he missed every milestone, the game was not a particularly good game..."
Miaow. Finally, Bobby shrugged off the "taking the fun out of game development" quip as a joke that was taken out of context- and swears that he's as passionate about games as anyone in the business. [Edge Magazine]
Remember, folks: there's always two sides to every story. Has the passing of time mellowed your opinion of the controversial corporate figure? Or do you still feel that the IW ex-employees deserve to take him to the cleaners? Have your say in the comments!
Nintendo Confirms WiiMote Plus
Just a bit of housekeeping, folks. Last week we reported that eagle-eyed gamers spotted a WiiMote with an integral Motion Plus gyroscope... but the listing was soon pulled and Nintendo put up a wall of silence.
Now, however, Nintendo has confirmed the new peripheral. Frankly this move ought to have been taken months ago... but at least new gamers will be able to enjoy the added precision that Motion Plus brings to the table. [Gamesindustry]
Outrun Devs Working on "Bleeding Edge" Racing Game
Sheffield-based Sumo Digital are the SEGA superstars behind the Outrun and Virtua Tennis franchises... but they're apparently working on a next-gen racing title that will have "bleeding-edge" graphical capabilities. Details are thin on the ground, but it's likely that they'll be working for SEGA once again. They've also confirmed that it won't be an Outrun reboot. [Eurogamer]
Sumo Digital have also confirmed that a second series of Dr. Who downloadable games has been commissioned by the BBC.
F1 2010 Reaches Top of UK Charts
Halo Reach has been sitting pretty at the peak of the UK sales charts for the last fortnight- and with the recent release of Dead Rising 2, we thought this was going to be a two horse race. However, Codemasters' F1 2010 has surpassed both to secure pole position. In fact, it's almost outsold both games combined according to several sources.
Bravo, Codemasters Birmingham.