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Ex-Infinity Ward heads form Respawn Entertainment; partner with EA

Ousted Infinity Ward co-founders, Vince Zampella and Jason West, have formed a new development studio called Respawn Entertainment. This new studio gives the pair ownership of the games they will create.

We also learned today that the studio has joined up with Electronic Arts through the publisher’s EA Partners business program. This means that EA will handle future publishing titles, and providing several million dollars “in seed capital,” according to the LA Times.

The president of EA Games Label, Frank Gibeau said, “At EA, we’re honored to be their partners and to give them the support they need to hire a team and return to making incredible games.”

For their part in establishing a new studio, Zampella told the LA Times, “We have learned the hard way that the best way to ensure the integrity and quality of your work and make sure the fans get what they deserve is to own the intellectual property.”

As you may recall, the pair were crucial in the development of the Call of Duty franchise (which, should be mentioned, is a multibillion-dollar franchise). Recently, West and Zampella found themselves in a bitter disagreement with Activision Blizzard, their former employer. Activision fired them about a month ago and they have since responded with a $36 million lawsuit.

There are no details about what the new studio’s first game will be, but you can expect “huge, summer blockbuster” affair. We’ll have more on this news as we learn more.