The lights are on
Update: Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella (pictured above, right) has posted an update on Respawn's official site that details Jason West's (pictured above, left) departure. Here is the full message:
Jason has left Respawn to take care of some family issues. We have worked together on some amazing accomplishments over the years, starting with an early Segasoft project that never shipped. It is sad to see things come to an end, but there are times when change is best for growth, both personally and professionally. I wish Jason the best and send my best wishes to his family. Respawn continues to amaze me, the team here is resilient and talented. E3 will be therapeutic for us, as we finally get to start showing our work again. I know the team was excited about the response we got from just admitting we were going to attend.
ORIGINAL STORY: Jason West (left), co-creator of Call of Duty, and co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, has reportedly left the developer, and has been gone for a few months.
According to Kotaku, who spoke with multiple anonymous sources within the company, West left the company in May citing family issues as the reason for his departure.
West, along with Vince Zampella founded Infinity Ward with Activision and propelled Call of Duty to the franchise it is today. The two were fired from Infinity Ward in 2010, and after some legal back and forth with their former employer, they finally reached a settlement over their dismissal.
Game Informer interviewed Zampella and West about their legal tribulations with Activision back in May, but West made no mention of leaving the company at the time.
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Well thats to bad... Hopefully they find something to do and can maybe some back sometime.
That was quick. :/
Damn, talented guy. Hopefully everything gets worked out at Respawn and especially with his family.
A shame to hear. I wish him the best in his career/life.
Oh my. West and Zampella developed games have been part of my favorite FPS's, hopefully this won't affect the ambition and creativity in Respawn's upcoming game.
I mean, its a plus that he didnt leave for "creative difference". So he could always return. Medical/family issues is another story though...
I don't understand why I'm supposed to care.
again..deja vu...this is really sad :C
First he leaves Activision's control, the he leaves EA's. Maybe he needs to go indie...