How Medal of Honor gave us Call of Duty, Battlefield and even Titanfall – and all as a result of EA pissed off a bunch of devs

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Call of Duty and Battlefield are locked in a battle for shooter of the yr, however neither of them could be right here if it weren’t for Medal of Honor.


Did you realize Call of Duty was created as a fuck you to EA and Medal of Honor?

That’s in keeping with Infinity Ward and Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella, chatting with IGN on the early days of Call of Duty.

See, Zampella was as soon as a member of a studio referred to as 2015 Inc, which was liable for 2002 launch Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. This was some of the profitable navy FPS video games of its time, and EA needed to safe the franchise’s future by bringing 2015 Inc in-house.

As chances are you’ll recall EA was a really pushy beast when it got here to acquisitions, and studios that entered its cavernous maw didn’t at all times survive and thrive the best way BioWare did, for instance. 2015 Inc was not happy by what Zampella described as an try and “strong-arm” the crew into becoming a member of EA, and so Zampella and his friends stormed off to Activision as a substitute.

There, they based Infinity Ward, and created Call of Duty as a “little bit” of a fuck you to EA and Medal of Honor. As a franchise Call of Duty went on to stomp throughout Medal of Honor, which wasn’t actually dangerous however couldn’t compete with what Infinity Ward and friends have been brewing up over at Activision.

So Call of Duty, a juggernaut of the business, won’t even exist if not for Medal of Honor and EA’s previous bullishness – and as Destructoid noticed, if Call of Duty hadn’t killed Medal of Honor, EA in all probability wouldn’t have doubled down on DICE’s Battlefield.

Now right here we’re in 2016 with Call of Duty some of the dominant manufacturers in gaming, and after a number of years of being the runner-up, Battlefield 1 is getting terrific reviews and searching prefer it is perhaps an actual challenger to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare when it launches in November.

It’s attention-grabbing, isn’t it? Particularly fascinating is that Zampella and lots of the core Infinity Ward crew truly went again to EA to type Respawn when issues went bitter with Activision, a story that seems to be murkier than the anti-Activision crowd would have you believe.

Funny how the nice guys and dangerous guys change. It’s nearly like all this drama is much more human and sophisticated than our easy headline narratives can seize.