Report: Jason West Leaves Respawn Entertainment
Reports have surfaced on both Kotaku and Polygon that Call of Duty co-creator Jason West, one half of the West and Zampella duo who made the news rounds a few years ago when they exited Activision, has left Respawn Entertainment.
Both West and Zampella were chiefly responsible for the Call of Duty series of games, which they developed while heading up Infinity Ward at Activision. The duo had a falling out with Activision’s higher-ups, which lead to their departure and subsequent founding of Respawn Entertainment. They brought along with them most of Infinity Ward’s talent, with nothing but a skeleton crew back at the old company.
Respawn Entertainment has been flying under the radar since joining forces with EA Games and is expected to announce its debut title at this year’s E3 2013, so it’s curious as to why the company’s co-founder Jason West would leave—assuming the rumor is true.
According to the report, West is said to have left the company not for any reasons relating to game development or a situation within the company itself, but rather due to family reasons. Polygon corroborates the report by stating that West had been considering his retirement for a while.
EA and Respawn have yet to release an official statement on the report.