Infinity Ward Suffers Three More Staff Departures [Update: Four]

Legal battle between former heads and Activision proving to be destructive.

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Infinity Ward Suffers Three More Staff Departures [Update: Four]
While Jason Ward and Vince Zampella start a new life with EA at Respawn Entertainment, Infinity Ward continues to suffer as the Modern Warfare 2 studio suffers three more walkouts yesterday.

Senior Animator Bruce Ferriz, programmer Jon Shiring and lead designer Mackey McCandlish quit at separate times yesterday, racking the tally of staff departures in the past month to five (not including West and Zampella).

Shiring and McCandlish announced their leave on Twitter and Facebook respectively, at roughly the same time Respawn Entertainment was officially revealed.

Rather than shack up with his former studio heads, Ferriz revealed to IGN that he has moved on to Big Red Button Entertainment.

UPDATE: Just as soon as we reported this story, another Infinity Ward staffer has jumped ship - namely lead artist Chris Cherubini, who confirmed his departure to Kotaku earlier today. END UPDATE:

The fallout follows an intense legal battle that continues to rage between West, Zampella and former publisher Activision.

Comments

Matthew 14 Apr 2010 14:36
1/5
Dear Mike

I and the rest of the PC gaming community don't expect any of this new venture of Jason West and Vince Zampella to make much difference to us PC gamers. I'm sure that West and Zampella won't be giving our community and platform which requires dedicated servers much thought in their new venture(s). After all, it was clear they didn't give us any thought in their last.
Matthew 14 Apr 2010 14:36
2/5
I and the rest of the PC gaming community don't expect any of this new venture of Jason West and Vince Zampella to make much difference to us PC gamers. I'm sure that West and Zampella won't be giving our community and platform which requires dedicated servers much thought in their new venture(s). After all, it was clear they didn't give us any thought in their last.
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R 14 Apr 2010 17:54
3/5
Matt. It was Activision (Bobby Kotick's) decision to not put in dedicated servers. IW probably would have but Activision wanted to make more money. I wouldn't put the blame on West & Zampella. Anyways, if they're working for EA now and they will the lawsuit against Activision then hopefully:

They'll make MW3
They won't be pushed to do it, unlike when they were with AV, they had a time limit to make it
EA will probably give you guys dedicated servers
It'll probably be the best one they'll ever make.
Aaron 14 Apr 2010 18:54
4/5
Activision own the rights to the Call of Duty franchise, not Infinity Ward, so i dont think West and Zampella will be making MW3. Just thought i would put that out there because thats the message I got from your post R.
Zito 22 Apr 2010 01:50
5/5
Maybe we will see an Medal of Honor game now that is worth the money. Maybe even AI that doesnt just pace in the same pattern over and over again.
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