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Former Infinity Ward Employees Join Respawn

Former Infinity Ward Programmer, Jon Shiring had confirmed today via his twitter account that he has accepted employment with Respawn Entertainment founded by former Infinity Ward heads, Jason West and Vince Zampella. Following the announcement, further ex Infinity Ward staff confirmed various positions on their Facebook and Linkedin profiles.

Only a few days ago, Jon Shiring stated in an interview with Xboxic as part of the ‘Gamer of the Moment’ feature:

“I am extremely proud of the games I’ve worked on and how much of an impact they have had. We came up with our games ourselves and then executed our vision with very very little outside influence. And so we really felt like we’re the ones responsible for the success and that we can all be very proud of what we’ve done.”

“I’m definitely going to keep programming games. As I said earlier, it’s the only thing I’m interested in doing right now.”

The line up of ex Infinity Ward staff that have confirmed positions with Respawn Entertainment are:

  • Programmer, Jon Shiring
  • Lead Designer, Mackey McCandlish
  • Lead Designer, Todd Alderman
  • Software Engineer, Rayme Vinson
  • Lead Animator, Mark Grisby
  • Lead Animator, John Paul Messerl
  • Lead Environmental Artist, Chris Cherubini

It is understood that in leaving Infinity Ward, all employees have forfeited their bonuses due from Activision, but this shows what incredible loyalty all members of the Call of Duty team have for their bosses West and Zampella. It is assumed that remaining staff who have left Infinity Ward this month could take up positions with Respawn at a later date.

EA have commissioned Respawn Entertainment to develop an original IP, but no further details other than that it will be “HUGE”, has been announced - all new employees will commence work on May 1st.

Activisions loss has been EA’s gain; the idea for the development teams greatest game since ‘Modern Warfare 2′ could be born in only a matter of days now.

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Good for them, I’m proud they took a stand.

Comment by Anthony on 2010-04-23 20:24:57 | Reply

Pray for a beta.

My thoughts exactly!!!

Comment by spazz4393 on 2010-04-23 14:39:19 | Reply

there just falling apart

Comment by poo-on-u on 2010-04-23 21:05:15 | Reply

People make friendships after working at a place for a long time, often those friendships, those bonds that are made with other people are stronger then monetary gain. Although some of us are lucky enough to love what we do, honestly a large portion of why we enjoy it so much is because of the people we’ve made friends with along the way. So this mass defection doesn’t surprise me at all. There will probably be more. Besides I’m sure they will all do quite well financially once there first new ip goes out.

Comment by cell989 on 2010-04-23 22:14:54 | Reply

as a gamer, they have my full support. We’ll make sure people now who Respawn entertainment is. They will do better, just as they did when they left Medal of Honor to make Call Of Duty. Its history repeating it self.

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