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Ex-Infinity Ward talent flock to Respawn Entertainment

Former Modern Warfare team join West and Zampella at new studio

A significant number of former Infinity Ward staff have joined Jason West and Vince Zampella's new studio, Respawn Entertainment.

According to various Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook profiles, seven ex-Modern Warfare team member have now joined their former bosses at the studio bank-rolled by Electronic Arts.

Mackey McCandlish, Jon Shiring, Todd Alderman, Rayme Vinson, Chris Cherubini, Mark Grisby and John Paul Messerly, have all taken up similar positions to their roles at Infinity Ward in animation, engineering and game design.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.bizearlier in the month, West and Zampella would not be drawn on recruitment plans for the new studio, but clearly have been in talks to poach Activision staff.

"We anticipate making big blockbusters titles so we'd want a team to support that. But specifically, for a super-team, what size is it? That stuff is way too early," said Zampella.

West and Zampella are currently locked in a bitter legal row with former employer Activision, which is overshadowing their efforts to start afresh for their new backers, EA Partners.

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Latest comments (6)

Damien Latt6 years ago
I'd like to see on what kind of games they will be working now...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Damien Latt on 23rd April 2010 8:59am

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Jason Avent VP, Studio Head, NaturalMotion6 years ago
Even if they didn't get all the staff back it's not going to be difficult for them to hire excellent people. This is a really good precedent for championing talent rather than IP ownership. Great studio heads and key staff are tough to find and are the main reason why some games are great. They should be rewarded at least as well as the guys who run large publishing organisations when their products find success.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jason Avent on 23rd April 2010 11:11am

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Edward Buffery Head of LQA (UK), Testronic6 years ago
I think *everyone* will be keen to see what they develop next. A side effect of the legal battle and staff poaching stories is effectively free hype for their next project, something I'm sure they and EA are both aware of.
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How bout a game of how to run a game dev company from indie startup to mega corporation. Heheh! COmplete with mock guns and projects!
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Andrew Whitehead Journalist 6 years ago
Heads are gonna roll at Activision. Hopefully Bobbys. And then it would be nice if EA's newfound ability to try new things pays off... Unlike that Mirror's Edge trainwreck.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
I believe the current count is 12 former IW employees are now a part of Respawn.

And a further 11 former IW employees are also suspected of possibly joining them.
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