Fired Infinity Ward bosses, Jason West and Vince Zampella sought a similar deal to the one just announced between Bungie and Activision before being laid off, it's been claimed.
According to "people familiar with the situation", the terms of Bungie's deal - which sees it keep its independence and own its IP - are similar to the one that West and Zampella pitched to the publisher before talks broke down and they were fired.
Bobby Schwartz, West and Zampella's attorney told LA Times of the Bungie agreement: "It's astonishing how much money Activision had to pay to cover up its horns and pitchforks with a halo." Handbags...
Activision countered that the new deal proves its attractiveness as a creative partner. "If you look at the big picture, it's undisputable that we're the best destination for top talent in the industry," said COO, Thomas Tippl.
It's also been revealed that the Bungie deal was signed off in March - the same month West and Zampella were sacked. Coincidence?