EA Says ‘Modern Warfare’ Franchise Is ‘Damaged’

The same EA exec who called Treyarch a “B-team” also pulled out some biting words for Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series in a new interview. Ever since lawsuits and industry drama exploded between Activision and IW’s former heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, who subsequently formed Respawn Entertainment and partnered with EA, the rhetoric from EA’s corner has been fierce, and there’s no sign of the tone lightening up anytime soon.

“But what I’d say is you haven’t seen any internal studios up and leave EA,” EA Partners boss David DeMartini told CVG. “If Infinity Ward was an internal studio at EA would things have been different? I think yes — but I’m biased.”

Biased may be an understatement coming from the company that has gone on the record as wanting to take the FPS crown away from Call of Duty. All other smack talk aside, though, DeMartini sounds like he wants to count Infinity Ward out altogether at this point.

“A franchise is damaged — maybe never to be the same again,” he said. “But then at the same time other things spring up. As one thing dies, you have Respawn popping up — who are going to do other great things in collaboration with us now.”

If DeMartini’s going to sustain the level jabbing he’s committed to at this point, EA’s going to need to get another record-breaking property from Respawn’s founders right out of the gate. Otherwise, it’s going to be tough to back up the bravado. West and Zampella could very well do it, though. They certainly have the motivation.

Do you think EA has gone too far with its Call of Duty criticism? Do you think Respawn’s first title will experience the same success that Modern Warfare has seen? Share your reactions in the comment section below.