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Call of Duty co-creator exits Respawn – rumour

Monday, 4th March 2013 03:07 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Jason West, one half of the team that founded Infinity Ward and created Call of Duty, is said to have left new studio Respawn Entertainment.

The news comes via Kotaku, citing two anonymous sources.

West is said to have left the developer amicably, for family reasons, in May 2012. He had served as president.

Polygon offers corroboration, noting that West has retired from the industry, and had been considering the move for some time.

As West co-founded Infinity Ward and led the studio during its development of massive blockbuster Modern Warfare 2, he can probably afford to focus on something else for a while.

West and colleague Vince Zampella left Activision in the midst of a scandal, and later won a settlement from the mega-publisher. They signed on with EA, founding Respawn, which will bring its first project to E3 2013.

EA and Respawn are yet to offer comment on the news.

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  1. Dragon246

    “West is said to have left the developer amicably, for family reasons, in May 2012.”
    And we are knowing this NOW? LOL Shame on Kotaku leaks department :)

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    Assuming it’s interesting that it took this long to surface; PR damage control maybe, given how much the DNA of the studio affects anticipation for Respawn’s first project.

    If I had made a zillion dollars making video games, which involves incredible hard work and long hours – I’d probably retire to spend time with my family, too. Also on a beach, surrounded by scantily clad people bringing me expensive drinks.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Dragon246

    ‘Also on a beach, surrounded by scantily clad people bringing me expensive drinks.”
    ^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^
    :D

    Also someone needs to pat that EA leaks prevention department. They have a truly spectacular job in preventing a major leak in a very leaky industry.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. The_Red

    What is GOING ON HERE? Way too many talented people have retired recently.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Dave Cook

    @4 time’s getting on man. Bear in mind the commercial video game industry only started properly in the late 70s / early 80s. Some coders are just getting to that age unfortunately :)

    #5 1 year ago