Bowling unaffected by West/Zampella fallout

Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling says he was not personally affected by the controversy that engulfed the Modern Warfare devs three weeks ago.

Director of Communications and Community Manager for Infinity Ward, Bowling told Eurogamer that “no,” he wasn’t affected. Instead he reiterated earlier comments that the team’s focus was on delivering Modern Warfare 2 ‘s forthcoming downloadable content.

In the interview, in which Eurogamer report the IW man was “flanked by Activision PR,” Bowling said, “I mean what we’re doing here is focusing on the DLC and getting that out the door. Our main focus is making the games we love for the people we love to play them.”

When quizzed about whether the incident had lead to mass walkouts, Bowling stuck firmly to the Activision company line. “No,” he said. “I mean the whole team here is focused on DLC and that’s what we’ve always been focused on.”

As to Infinity Ward’s future involvement with the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare series, some mystery remains. When asked if they would be developing their scheduled CoD game for 2011, an Activision PR responded, “We wouldn’t have any information on that so stay tuned.”

At the start of the month it was reported that IW bosses Jason West and Vince Zampella were removed from their roles, the result of an Activision investigation into “into breaches of contract and insubordination.” West and Zampella are suing Activision for allegedly withholding sizable royalty payments.

More recently, Bowling said that getting MW2 DLC out to gamers offered the team a “morale boost.” This followed a report suggesting that morale at IW was “extremely low,” with many of the remaining IW staff waiting for their own royalty payments to arrive before jumping ship.

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