Infinity Ward looks like it’s in serious trouble with everyone leaving the studio like a sinking ship. The numbers of resignations have skyrocketed at IW causing many in the industry to wonder if the studio will last long.
Earlier we reported that several senior staff members resigned together at the studio. An updated report by Kotaku now brings the total tally to 13 staff members at Infinity Ward that have left the studio. Many of these folks are senior members of the studio and have been there five-plus years.
Also, many of the employees have been together since the Medal of Honor days at 2015 Inc. studio. It looks like this crew sticks together and Activision may have made a mistake in thinking that a coup could be prevented by firing Jason West and Vince Zampella.
Activision fired West and Zampella over concerns that the two former IW-heads were planning on poaching talent at IW and starting up a new studio. It seems like Activisionâ€™s fears are coming true, with West and Zampella starting up Respawn Entertainment and many of the senior IW staff members leaving the company. There is no confirmation that the ex-IW employees have been hired by Respawn Entertainment, but given the mass exodus this scenario seems more than likely.