Another Two Leave Infinity Ward, While Two More Enlist At Respawn


Posted April 27, 2010 - By pklepek

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In what's become nearly a daily reoccurrence, there are new reports of departures from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward, in the wake of Activision firing their former leadership, Jason West and Vince Zampella, and the formation of a Call of Duty business unit.

A source close to Infinity Ward has informed me that both lead programmer Robert Field and human resources and recruiting head Kristin Cotterell have announced their resignations from the studio. Field and Cotterell have updated their Linkedin profiles to reflect past employment.

There are more Respawn Entertainment recruits, too.

Field and Cotterell join lead character artist Joel Emslie and artists Ryan Lastimosa and Brad Allen, who I reported as leaving Infinity Ward yesterday. The number of Infinity Ward departures on Monday, then, was five employees.

Another two -- yes, on top of the two discovered yesterday -- have made their conversion to Respawn Entertainment official, as well. Senior level designer Jason McCord and senior artist Ryan Lastimosa, both of whom left Infinity Ward in the past week, have updated Linkedin with mention of taking similar positions at West and Zampella's new Electronic Arts-backed studio.

The staff members who have left Infinity Ward is now a whopping 26. Since the formation of Respawn Entertainment earlier this month, they've picked up 12 ex-Infinity Ward developers.

Stay tuned for more updates on the future of Infinity Ward, Activision and Call of Duty.

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Another Two Leave Infinity Ward, While Two More Enlist At Respawn


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