Modern Warfare fans were confused and upset they heard when Activision bounced developer Infinity Ward’s creative leaders, Jason West and Vince Zampella in March. Now, while still handling two lawsuits with their former employers, West and Zampella have announced the creation of their new studio, “Respawn Entertainment.” Currently, the firm has no concrete project, but West says the project is going to like a “Summer Blockbuster”. The duo also announced that Respawn has agreed to join the “EA Partners” program, giving EA exclusive rights to produce and distribute their projects. EA has also disclosed that they have supported Respawn with “several million dollars” in seed money.
Other than that, very little is publicly known about Respawn. For example, the studio’s Website is a blank page with the name and an e-mail for sending job applications; even with the presumed addition of two high-level Infinity Ward walkouts, lead designer Todd Alderman and lead software engineer Francesco Gigliotti, the company is still looking to build a new design team, which means designers, artists, programmers and so on.
That’s it for now, but there will undoubtedly more on Respawn, Infinity Ward and Activision in the future
UPDATE: Two more members of the Infinity Ward team announced their resignations from the studio tonight. Veteran programmer Jon Shiring and lead designer/writer Mackey McCandlish both said they said were leaving the studio. Shiring worked at Infinity Ward for almost six years, McCandish was with the studio for eight; That’s 14 years between the two of them.
Clearly, this is not a coincidence.