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Four more ex-Infinity Ward vets join Respawn Entertainment

Friday, 30th April 2010 20:48 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Four more ex-staffers from Infinity Ward have now joined up the ranks of Respawn Entertainment and Jason West & Vince Zampella.

Preson Glenn, Zied Rieke, Chad Genier and Sean Slayback are the latest to join the upstart, with 16 now the total of people who have upped and left the Modern Warfare developer to Respawn.

The latest additions is a big blow to Activision, 24 hours after announcing a ten-year deal with Bungie on publishing its new IP.

Genier and Rieke were both senior and lead designers respectively, while Slayback was at Treyarch before joining Infinity Ward for development of Modern Warfare 2.

Earlier this week, two more ex-IW employees joined Respawn after four left the MW studio.

A collation of former Infinity Ward staff also announced this week it was suing Activision for unpaid bonuses to Modern Warfare 2.

This will continue to run and run.

Thanks, G4.

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5 Comments

  1. cookiejar

    I think Robert Bowling and a cleaner is all the staff left at IW now.

    Modern Mopfare confirmed!

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Old MacDonald

    This is getting a bit old, tbh. What’s next? “Janitor leaves Infinity Ward for Respawn Entertainment”?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. DeSpiritusBellum

    “The latest additions is a big blow to Activision, 24 hours after announcing a ten-year deal with Bungie on publishing its new IP.”

    Errrr, right. They must really be reeling after that one.

    I think you better check your sensationalist-gland there, Johnny. It seems mighty bloated. Somehow I doubt this “big blow” comes as any sort of surprise to anyone.

    Activision fired Zampella and West. Now obviously that’s not the sort of button you press without preparing for the fallout, and it stands to reason that if they had any sort of plan to salvage Infinity Ward, they would’ve tried to seize momentum by bringing in two new names as soon as possible.

    The fact that they haven’t means that Infinity Ward is 90% sure to be a write-off once the remaining DLC finishes production. What you should be doing is trying to find out whether Infinity Ward will have enough steam to finish that, instead of simply flogging a dead horse.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Anders

    “The fact that they haven’t means that Infinity Ward is 90% sure to be a write-off once the remaining DLC finishes production.”

    IW might be a write-off, but for every IW employee that takes their leave, Activision is losing talent that could’ve been used in other teams within the company.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. DeSpiritusBellum

    @4 That goes without saying. There’s nothing good about losing Infinity Ward, but the “big blow” described has pretty much already been dealt in that the command structure of Infinity Ward quite predictably has ended up at EA.

    However, this is all about a month old, so I fail to see the great blow. Activision must have factored in the risks of total loss as soon as they learned what Zampella and West were up to, and certainly when they decided to play the bonus card. Noone likes having force or legal measures applied to them, no matter how symbolic it may be.

    #5 5 years ago

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