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Jason West Has Left Respawn Entertainment

The co-founder of Respawn has moved on, we're told.

Respawn Entertainment co-founder Jason West has left the company, sources close to the studio have informed me. Co-founder Vince Zampella is now the acting head of the studio.

The duo are best known for having created the Call of Duty series under Activision.

I’m told West has not been involved in active development for Respawn’s game for a number of months now, but it has not impacted development.

The company did not respond to my request for comment.

West founded Respawn after leaving Infinity Ward, a studio he also co-founded, in a contentious and public exodus during 2010 that resulted in a lengthy lawsuit with publisher Activision. Dozens of employees left at the same time, and many of them went with West to Respawn.

Respawn has been developing a first-person-shooter for Electronic Arts. The game has not yet been unveiled, but it is reported to have a sci-fi slant, and is expected to be unveiled at E3 this year.

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Posted by Winternet

HOT SCOOPSZZ!!1!

Edited by JohnZimmerman

does anyone actually still care? they've been silent so long i forgot they were still around.

Posted by ashkev

Oh snap son

Posted by Bobafeet

@patrickklepek: Don't mean to be that guy, but there's a typo. Says "resond" when I'm pretty sure you mean "respond" =)

Posted by Nightriff

Who cares is kinda how I feel, if he hasn't been apart of the game for a reported 10 months, then the game should be fine, also not into FPS games so really don't care I guess

Posted by Video_Game_King

My first response upon seeing that title: "Who and what?" Not a good sign for the people behind....Call of Duty.

Posted by ELpork

What the living hell is popin off at that studio?.... will we ever get a book for everything that happened there?

Posted by Mezentius

@wes899: We were and are again Victory Games. No relation to Respawn.

Posted by Legion_

@rollingzeppelin said:

@fluxwavez said:

"West, who left because of family issues, has been gone since last May, according to one reliable source who asked not to be named."

This isn't a sign for anything.

This seems like an important piece of information to leave out, Patrick!

I am dissapoint.

I didn't have that information from my sources. Can't report what I don't know.

Then GIT TO IT.

Posted by Bigandtasty

@bobafeet said:

@patrickklepek: Don't mean to be that guy, but there's a typo. Says "resond" when I'm pretty sure you mean "respond" =)

Not to be that other guy, but it should be "respond to," as well. Or maybe "return."

Edited by SaturdayNightSpecials

The core of the team is what matters. 1 guy departing isn't going to ruin anything.

Never expected either of them to leave though.

Highly related: he looks like a weird amalgam of a couple of my uncles. I bet he's into motorcycles and baseball.

Posted by mellotronrules

huh- well ain't that some shit.

probably doesn't have any material impact on the release, but it is kinda like bill bailing on ted. if it is due to family matters, i wish him good luck.

e3's going to be super interesting this year...microsoft, sony, respawn...a lot of big names with a lot to prove.

Posted by BooDoug187

Be real messed up if he went back to Activision.

Posted by bybeach

Interested in the sci-fi game Respawn comes up with. If it be truly family issues, my best to West. I enjoyed the old CoD games, subverted me temporarily into military shooters. I'm cleaning that out of my system now, but no offence to him or the other guy/ppl. CoD 2 especially was just too good.

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Man, they really gotta announce that game at E3...

Edited by EgoCheck616

@stevemax said:
@49th said:

Looks like West is... going out west.

Hahahahahahaha

/thread

Edited by Waffley

Will his streak of game development one-night-stands never end? Stay tuned!

Posted by Seanakin66

I blame ERTS. Their bumbling and stumbling HAS to be involved in some way.

Posted by Xbox420

Just cancel the thing already

Posted by TheMasterDS

The actual impact on the game itself has to be minimal but I can't imagine this helps them put forward the image of "we're the Call of Duty guys here to bring you the ACTUAL next Call of Duty type game."

Posted by Korwin

I like to think that his exit from the building was a long protracted slow motion sequence full of button prompts and explosions.

Edited by AngeTheDude

I hope this guy is OK and everyone at Respawn can keep working hard on their game.

Posted by grayfox1210

SCOOPS!!

Posted by Korolev

Well he's rich now. Although the total sum of money he got from Activision was never disclosed, I'll bet it was massive. It'd have to be, given how he dropped the suit. And he made a pretty penny off his Infinity Ward days, even without the bonuses. If I was as rich as he was, I'd probably leave the game business as well.

Will this affect whatever game Respawn will put out? Maybe. But to be honest, I don't really care very much, since all we've seen is a single hyper-blurry screenshot.

Edited by Tom_Scherschel

The article makes it sound like Respawn has been sitting on/suppressing this information for a while. E3 is three months away, and they're confirmed to be showing something there, so maybe they felt like it was best to for this story to break now so it has time to cool off and then get completely swept away by a strong E3 demo. It's definitely disconcerting news, but I'll hold off worrying until I know/see what they've been working on.

Posted by LucidDreams117

To those already calling doom on the first game by respawn, sources, according to Kotuku's story, say he's been gone for a while and hasn't been involved in the development of the game.

Edited by iragequit

Hope they don't pull a Flagship Studios

Posted by Zleunamme

Not to be dismissive, but at the end of the day. Does anybody who plays Call of Duty or first person shooters for that matter care about one guy leaving a newly formed studio? So far, I heard about all the drama involving Jason and Vince's dismissal from Activision. Then the anti-climatic litigation following Respawn creation. They have yet to show anything in last two years. Which is why I'm indifferent to the whole story.

If he had to leave to attend to something else, that's his business. I wish Jason West the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Posted by ThePiePieper

@fluxwavez said:

"West, who left because of family issues, has been gone since last May, according to one reliable source who asked not to be named."

This isn't a sign for anything.

This seems like an important piece of information to leave out, Patrick!

I am dissapoint.

Can't report something you don't know/aren't told and/or sending your audiance to a compeditor isn't a wise move. Just the facts ma'am.

Posted by BoringK

[coffee cup with "Respawn" printed on the bottom falls to the floor]

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Edited by sirdesmond

I'm mostly just wondering where he has moved on to really. I doubt him leaving will have much of an effect on the next game they are going to put out but it seems odd for him to just leave (and not go to another game company, I guess).

Posted by august

@boringk said:

[coffee cup with "Respawn" printed on the bottom falls to the floor]

"Zojarushi... "

Posted by Klei

Considering we've heard literally nothing about Respawn's work, i'm not too surprised. Things are, obviously, not going as planned.

Posted by Roger778

That doesn't sound like good news to me. I hope his former partner can keep the news studio alive.

Posted by Bourbon_Warrior

Oh no, we will now miss out of yet another MMS.

Edited by michaelfossbakk

So, did West actually retire? What were the family-related reasons for leaving?

Posted by WileyS

Crazy how this comes out almost exactly three years that the Infinity Ward fiasco happened.

Posted by AlexanderTheDavid

Wow that's really crazy news. I guess if it is "family issues" it would explain the abruptness of the whole thing. Maybe he was behind the founding of the company more than the game itself. That would at least explain why he hadn't been working on the game for months.

Posted by UberExplodey

GOOD.

Posted by Lifestrike

The way you worded the banner makes it seem like he died.

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Posted by Orbitz89

I find this Incredibly hilarious.. Holy fucking shit.

Edited by Tarsier

he joined with electronic arts. that was something i wasnt aware of. silly move.

Posted by BigBoss1911

Leaving the company he founded before the first game is announced....odd.

Edited by kkotd

The guy's had it rough and though this whole partnership with EA has probably been the brightest thing he's seen in years, sometimes it's too much and you have to walk away for personal issues.

Posted by Vigorousjammer

Leaving the company he founded before the first game is announced....odd.

Edited by MordeaniisChaos

@klei said:

Considering we've heard literally nothing about Respawn's work, i'm not too surprised. Things are, obviously, not going as planned.

I wouldn't say that. You'll see that kind of "talk about it, show a TINY little tease, and then disappear" a lot in this industry. Or at least, more than you might think. Sometimes, it's just weird stuff. Plus I'm guessing that the title has been next gen for a while now.

One guy leaving doesn't mean that things aren't going as planned, and some silly jump of the gun on marketing doesn't really mean that either. It'd be different if we knew jack shit about the title they've been working on, but remember that most games aren't created a month before being announced, they are concepts that have been hanging around for months or even years at the studio or in someone's mind before they take off. We have little insight into what was going on at any point in time within Respawn and what stages the title was at during any period of time. We never saw anything, so it may just be that prototyping was taking a long time, or it may have just been the company knowing it wouldn't have anything to show any time soon and trying to give people something to think about and feed off of the attention in the press garnered by the Activision fiasco.

Posted by shodan2020

Wow. This bodes ill. I wonder what Respawn's next game is going to look/play like?

Posted by Ares42

Hmm, this made me wonder, were they responisble for the CoD franchise from it's roots? 'cuz if they were I wouldn't hold too much confidence in them. Sure, CoD 4 was revolutionary, but the ones before that....

Posted by kimvidard

That's pretty shitty for Respawn.

Considering the whole point of the studio was that the two guys behind COD 4 were doing something without Activision's interference, him leaving before the first game is even announce is like shooting the studio in the foot before a 100m dash.

I don't know if there is bad blood, but it is clearly not something to do to a friend.

Respawn just got spawn-camped.

Edited by graf1k

Let's remember though before leaving IW to found Respawn with an EA deal because of their problems with Activision, West and Zampella formed IW with Activision money after leaving 2015 Inc., supposedly because of issues with EA.

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