A recent interview by Eurogamer
with EA Partners boss David DeMartini offers some good perspective on the actual state of Respawn Entertainment
. For those just
joining us, Respawn is the studio created
by Jason West and Vince Zampella, former heads of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
studio Infinity Ward, after an uncomfortably public
break-up with Activision earlier this year. DeMartini says, "I know everybody is going to say, 'Well what are they working on?' The thing everybody needs to remember is they were starting at absolute zero."
DeMartini explains that when EA took the pair on they didn't have a workspace, furniture, HR or any of the basic administration that goes into a development house. The executive claims to have no idea what the duo is working on -- and if the dude fronting the cash doesn't know, it'll be quite a wait before the public finds out.
In comparison, Insomniac's multi-platform project with EA
seems to be coming along more rapidly, with DeMartini expecting its unveiling much sooner.