It's become regular, repeated news at this point but no less important. Another two employees who once worked at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward and resigned in the wake of Activision's firing of former studio leadership Jason West and Vince Zampella have joined West and Zampella at their new Electronic Arts-backed studio, Respawn Entertainment.
Mohammad Alavi, once a game designer at Infinity Ward, has updated his Linkedin profile to reflect a decision to enlist at Respawn as "senior map monkey." Alavi helped design the infamous "No Russian" sequence and the post-EMP mission "Second Sun" in Modern Warfare 2.
Brad Allen, senior artist at Infinity Ward and once again senior artist at Respawn, is coming to Respawn alongside Alavi. Allen's Linkedin profile explains an excellent reason for the change.
"I am joining forces with a team of deadly ninjas," said Allen.
Who can argue with that?
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick made a lengthy comment about Infinity Ward and Activision's decision to terminate West and Zampella during a financial call to shareholders and analysts.
"I personally considered the two of them [West and Zampella] friends," explained Kotick last week, "and their [decision] was a compromise of our friendship, which was equally disappointing. Once we began to understand what had occurred, there was no grey area. There was nothing that would have allowed us to retain their services, as talented as they might have been."
Allen and Alavi elevates the number of publicly confirmed developers converted to 20.