The lights are on
At this point, we've seen so many stories on the continued flow of employees leaving Infinity Ward, that writing another feels like déjà vu. Ignore those strange emotions, though; I promise you haven't heard this one before. Updated with even more people gone.
Today Kotaku has confirmed five more developers that have left the Activision-owned studio that created the mega-hit Call of Duty franchise and, more recently, the Modern Warfare spin-off. This time the list includes senior designer Mohammad Alavi, senior designer Chad Grenier, programmer Chris Lambert, designer Jason McCord., and senior designer Brent McLeod. On top of those five, George Broussard of 3D Realms has said on his Twitter account that two more have left, including Charlie Wiederhold, bringing today's total departures to seven.
This latest group brings the total number of employees who have left Infinity Ward since Activision fired Jason West and Vince Zampella to at least 20 that we know of.
Meanwhile, G4 is reporting that, as expected, a large number of the ex-Infinity Ward team is heading over to work at West and Zampella's new studio, Respawn Entertainment. According to the frequent updates from G4, the following team members are now confirmed to be with Respawn:
Todd Alderman (lead designer)Mark Grigsby (lead animator)Chris Cherubini (lead environmental artist)John Paul Messerly (lead animator)Rayme C. Vinson (software engineer)Jon Shiring (programmer)Mackey McCandlish (lead designer)
According to various comments made by these new recruits, Respawn is preparing to open its doors and hopefully begin work on its first game in May. How much more talent will be leaving Infinity Ward and wandering over to Respawn before then?
Thats what they get, greedy idiotic Activision. Call of duty MW2 sucked anyways.
Sweet. Hopefully they begin work on something new. MW was the same ol' same ol'.
This is what happens when you screw over your employees, Respawn will probably end up having all the great developers that made Call of Duty.
Please guys, keep moving to respawn. I'm sure those guys will come up with something great without having to be tied to the Call of Duty franchise by Activision.
Wonder if R.Bowling will make the move on over to Respawn or if he'll be one of few that stick with IW.
@Jordan: Agreed, I'm very curious to see what Robert does. As the most public face of Infinity Ward, losing him would be a pretty strong blow to Activision, I'd imagine.
i really hope Respawn makes a game that tops MW2. however, it won't since it doesn't matter how good the next CoD is, Modern Warfare's title sells not it's games.
I hope they get to keep the modern warfare name so that we can all play #3.
MW2 did suck only because Infinity Ward really wanted to do a new IP and not necessarily continue the CoD franchise. I'm glad Respawn isn't under the watchful eye of Activision.
all i want is ore multiplayer games; maybe not in the modern warfare department, but titles like the up coming APB game, which is strictly an online game by the way, so i'm keeping my hopes up for the near future.
Hopefully they got their bonus before they left
I'm getting really tired of this story.
hope respawn makes a cool game
Was Activision trying to get hated by all CoD lovers?
My bet is that he sticks with IW. He's made quite a name for himself there and has continued to rise up in the ranks. He hasn't made a move yet and continues to maintain a very public presence for both Activision and IW.
Activision just took it up the butt
Updated the story with news of two more gone - 7 total for today, 20 total overall. Yikes.
People sure do love their money. I wonder what will happen next.
Respawn Entertainment + EA = J!zz in your pants jejeje. Now that they are partners i hope they come with something NEW.