Eight ex-Infinity Ward staff join Respawn Entertainment [Update]

Friday, 23rd April 2010 00:34 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Update 2: Apparently, the number has risen to eight, according to G4. Lead software engineer, Francesco Gigliotti, updated his Linkedin profile overnight to reflect his new position with Respawn. The title of this post has been changed to reflect the update.

Update 1: The number is now at seven. Programmer Jon Shirling and lead designer Mackey McCandlish have now joined up.

Original: Like we never seen this coming. Five people who recently left Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward have now joined up with its ex-bosses Vince Zampella and Jason West over at Respawn Entertainment.

Lead game designer Todd Alderman, lead animators Mark Grigsby & JP Messerly and Chris Cherubini have all joined the upstart since quitting IW as recently as early this month, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

Meanwhile, Rayme C. Vinson has also been hired as a software engineer at the studio, according to a status message on Facebook.

Early last week, Respawn was announced in a deal which will see EA Partners publish and distribute its first title, although the studio will maintain full control over what IP it creates in the future.

Activision blogger Dan Amrich already predicted on early Thursday morning that more people will “probably” leave Infinity Ward for the Zampella/West-led developer.

Get the full background on the formation of Respawn here.

Thanks, G4.



  1. JimFear666

    nothing surprising here…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Nothing interesting either.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Erthazus


    #3 5 years ago
  4. Freek

    So in 2 years time, we’ll have the Sci Fi version of modern warfare, they”ll make EA a trillion dollars and Acti sits in the corner crying.

    And they all lived happily ever after.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4 i think it’s going to be next gen systems, but we already see it with Ghost Reckon. :) they started that shit already.

    Battlefield 2142 is a Sci-fi warfare already.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Anders

    Next-gen systems? Yeah, right.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Heh heh. Surprise!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. sh33py666

    Good for them.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. DeSpiritusBellum

    I totally predicted this in another thread. They’re pretty much swiping the command structure. Most likely that’s as far down the foodchain as EA will pay an inflated price for the old team.

    And while it is totally predictable, it’s still going to be pretty interesting to see how many people will actually stay at Infinity Ward.

    You really think EA will let them do something that isn’t a shooter, though?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Freek

    You think they would want to do something that isn’t in the action/shooting genre?

    #10 5 years ago

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