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Evening Reading: EA Grabs MW2 Talent

Man, the Modern Warfare 2 legal drama was getting boring until today, when Jason West and Vince Zampella announced the formation of Respawn Entertainment. The new studio has an exclusive publishing deal with Electronic Arts, the company West and Zampella left to form Infinity Ward.

If there were a way to place bets on things in the video game industry, I would put a lot of money on West and Zampella snatching a majority of the team at Infinity Ward to populate the new studio.

Treyarch's stock within Activision must be rising because pretty soon they might be the only team at the publisher with experience working on a Call of Duty game.

What I'm most curious about is when we'll see something from Respawn. I'm guessing they cannot use the MW2 engine so West and Zampella are either going make their own engine or license something. Maybe EA will hook them up with DICE's Frostbite (Battlefield: Bad Company 2) or Crytek's CryENGINE 3.

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