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Rumour: Jason West Leaves Respawn Entertainment

Jason West "retires."

There are various stories this morningĀ stating that Jason West has left Respawn Entertainment, citing unnamed sources close to the developer.

The reason given is “family issues”, and there’s also the claim that West is retiring. Another rumour suggests that West has not been active in the development of the studio’s first title for a number of months.

Jason West, who originally co-founded Infinity Ward, founded Respawn Entertainment with fellow Infinity Warder Vince Zampella after a fallout with Activision over various legal issues surrounding the Call Of Duty games.

This fallout led to many Infinity Ward staff leaving to join West and Zampella at Respawn.

The departure follows the announcement that Respawn will be present at this year’s E3 to show what they have been working on. So far we’ve only had a rather blurry tease from the studio, which was released in June 2011.

There hasn’t been any official word from Respawn Entertainment as of yet regarding this departure, but we’ll update as soon as we hear anything more.

11 Comments
  1. kjkg
    Member
    Since: Apr 2010

    I just read this whole article in Mayor West’s voice (Family Guy).

    Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 11:06.
  2. Motalla
    Member
    Since: Dec 2011

    Jason will be respawning some where else.

    Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 11:16.
    • gazzagb
      Master of speling mitakse
      Since: Feb 2009

      Wouldnt of thought so. If he is leaving, I’d imagine he retiring rather than moving to a different studio. It doesn’t really make sense for him to move half way through development of their first game to a different studio. The whole point of founding Respawn was so he could be in charge with Zampella and not have to be told what to do by anyone.

      Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 11:31.
      • Kris Lipscombe
        Team TSA: Writer
        Since: Mar 2009

        Exactly, even their deal with EA is set up as an EA Partners deal, so EA only have minimal control of the end product. He’s also got a boat load of money from Acti, and I don’t think he an Zampella had to put much capital into Respawn (at least not compared to what their Acti pay offs are rumoured to be). He’s probably going to retire, live on a beach with his family and maybe consult via Skype from said beach.

        Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 11:55.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        I bet he’s still holding on to all his shares in Respawn.

        Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 13:26.
      • Motalla
        Member
        Since: Dec 2011

        I was just playing with words.

        Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 13:44.
    • Youles
      Member
      Since: Feb 2011

      If it’s anything like Modern Warfare, it’ll most likely be right behind you! ;)

      Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 11:32.
    • TSBonyman
      Member
      Since: Dec 2009

      I got it Motalla, was trying to come up with a suitable response earlier but got sidetracked so i’ll just throw this one in instead.. ;)
      Press: “Jason to eXit”.

      Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 19:46.
  3. OneShotWook
    Member
    Since: Jun 2010

    Hes taken cover behind a dead cow ever since Blops 2 was halfway worthy of the brand they sold to Activision.Turns out that after all this time that the cow was actually a horse.

    Comment posted on 04/03/2013 at 14:37.
  4. cc_star
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Forever

    Guy who made shooters, gets sacked, goes and sets up another studio which makes shooters.

    But leaves.

    The world now has one less guy making shooters & he gets to do what he wants after doing bugger all since being paid off a load of money?

    Wins all round then.

    Now, if only a few more people would do something other than make shooters

    Comment posted on 05/03/2013 at 00:26.
  5. CR8ZYH0RSE
    Member
    Since: Sep 2012

    I believe he’s taking up tuna fishing with his brother john.

    Comment posted on 05/03/2013 at 05:55.

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