Former heads of Infinity Ward West and Zampella almost signed up with THQ when they reformed their own studio, Respawn Entertainment. Now, however, the pair are hooked up with EA through the EA Partners program.
The one deal breaker, according to THQ's Danny Bilson, was that EA Partners allowed the dynamic duo to retain the ownership of their intellectual properties.
"I believe we have the best place to work for creative people," Bilson told Eurogamer.
"And if you ask those two guys you just mentioned where they would have preferred to work but for one deal point in a contract, they would have liked to join our team, too. But I couldn't give them a certain thing that EA could in the deal."