Call Of Duty Studio Infinity Ward Opens New Office In Poland
Infinity Ward is now operating a research and development studio in Krakow.
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Infinity Ward, the famous Call of Duty studio that made the first Call of Duty game, has opened a new studio. The Activision-owned developer announced recently that it opened an R&D studio in Krakow, Poland. In a blog post, Activision said this team will work "closely" with the main Infinity Ward studio in the Los Angeles area.
"We're thrilled to announce the expansion of our development capabilities with the opening of Infinity Ward Poland," Infinity Ward studio boss Dave Stohl said.
Stohl said the Infinity Ward Poland studio will be a "world-class R&D studio." He added that Infinity Ward is hoping to "tap into the creative local game development culture and talent in Poland." Michal Drobot, a principal rendering engineer, is heading up the new Infinity Ward Poland studio.
According to his LinkedIn page, Drobot has worked at Infinity Ward since September 2014, contributing to titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII. Before joining Activision, he worked at Killzone studio Guerrilla Games and Far Cry company Ubisoft Montreal. Drobot said on Twitter that Infinity Ward Poland will have a number of "exciting positions" opening up, though these do not appear to be live as of yet. It's not immediately clear how many people Infinity Ward Poland plans to hire.
Infinity Ward's latest game was 2016's Infinite Warfare. Given that the Call of Duty series is on a three-year, three-studio development cycle, we can expect Infinity Ward's next Call of Duty game to come out in 2019, following the rumoured Black Ops 4 from Treyarch next year.
The Infinity Ward of today is not what it used to be. In March 2010, Activision fired ex-Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella for insubordination, claiming the pair were secretly planning to start their new studio with the help of Electronic Arts. Many Infinity Ward developers followed Zampella and West out of the studio and to the new company Respawn, which went on to make Titanfall. In 2014, Infinity Ward absorbed Tony Hawk developer Neversoft.
This story has been updated and corrected; GameSpot regrets the error.
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