Call of Duty: Black Ops II (which we previewed here) might not have a smooth ride to retail.
Citing legal documents which the site has just picked up on, GameInformer claims that Call of Duty titles set after Vietnam would be exclusive to Infinity Ward.
“Infinity Ward had the rights to all Call of Duty games set in ‘modern day (post-Vietnam), the near future, or distant future,'” says the report. Black Ops II is set in 2025, so Treyarch have apparently ignored the clause.
The same document hints at frustrations within Treyarch – guns that weren’t meant to be available in the original Black Ops timeline, for example – and says that Black Ops was originally named ‘Modern Warfare Origins’.
Eric Chad, intellectual property attorney with the firm Merchant & Gould, said to GameInformer that if Zampella and West win the famous lawsuit, pulling Black Ops II “is likely a possible remedy”.
“I think it is much more likely that the remedy would be some sort of damages payment, like a forced royalty,” he added.