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Call of Duty Co-Creator Jason West Has Left His New Studio

Jason West, a co-creator of Call of Duty and co-founder of video game studio Respawn Entertainment, has left the company he helped found, two sources have informed Kotaku. The departure was amicable.

West, who left because of family issues, has been gone since last May, according to one reliable source who asked not to be named. (Industry, Jason West, Respawn Entertainment)

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aviator189  +   567d ago
since last may??
wow, that's a long time.
Blaze929  +   567d ago
I forgot all about this company. At this point in time, safe to say the game they are working on is for next-gen systems.
Lavalamp  +   567d ago
If family issues were a factor in his departure, I hope everything turns out fine for him.
joab777  +   567d ago
I do too. It is odd though that he left for good and didnt take a leave or stay on to consult. Must be more to it. Maybe he just didnt want to make games anymore and his settlement made sure he didnt have to. They wete a great team but i have confidence in the new ip.
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momthemeatloaf  +   567d ago
He's been gone since last May? That was right after Activision settled with them and paid them like 40 million dollars. Coincidence?
porkChop  +   567d ago
No one knows exactly how much they settled for, but it was a lot of money. The lawsuit started at around $40m, but quickly escalated into hundreds of millions. Activision reportedly put aside $1b to pay them if Activision lost. Shortly after, they announced a settlement, and both West and Zampella walked into the court room with big smiles on their faces. So I really doubt it was only $40m.
CraigandDayDay  +   567d ago
I would have a HUGE smile on my face if I was getting "only" $40 million. LoL. But I agree they probably ended up with much more.
Megaton  +   567d ago
His family is ballin' outta control on that settlement money. It has become a bit of an issue.
MEGANE  +   566d ago
lol
mistertwoturbo  +   567d ago
If I won a settlement and got $40 mil, I'd quit too and eventually go do something else with my life.

But if it is family issues, then it is a different matter and best of luck to him.
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ravinash  +   567d ago
$40 mill, I'd go off and spend more time with my family too.
torchic  +   567d ago
man that sucks, family issues are never a good thing to carry around on a daily basis, can't imagine the stress it must've caused him. I wish him and his family all the best.

I also hope the studio is nearing Alpha stage so that this doesn't really affect the game.

been waiting for this for a really long time!
The_Klank  +   567d ago
Seemingly there has been no impact on the game. It'll be at E3.
Chard  +   567d ago
Interesting, a google search confirmed what you just said, but I never saw it on N4G. You'd think this would be big news, but obviously it's more important to report on Wii U doom articles on the main page.
animegamingnerd  +   567d ago
@Chard one the reasons why i want these wii u doom or any other console doom articles to die this that they get more attention then actual news
torchic  +   567d ago
@klank

that's good news, but a studio is never going to come out and say that a major departure has effected the games so I guess we'll never know

@Chard

well said.
vickers500  +   567d ago
Shame, I was waiting to see what West and Zampella were going to do with their next game. Probably wont be the same without him.
F**K! Hope his family is good though.. Now how will CoD Die?? But then again if most of the talent is still there including Zampella then maybe game will still be good?
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telekeneticmantis  +   567d ago
I pray
those family issues turn ot well.
kizzle  +   567d ago
family issues.. tsk, what an amateur.
yewles1  +   567d ago
Good man, loved ones always come first.
porkChop  +   567d ago
The games concept and everything was created by West and Zampella. So even if West left last May, he still had lots of input during the early stages of development, so his departure shouldn't affect the game too much. These are the 2 guys who created Medal of Honor AND Call of Duty. Those 2 franchises had huge impact on both the game industry and the FPS genre. I'm hoping this new game will be of similar scale and quality.

Here's the only screenshot of their game.

http://static.gamesradar.co...

It's very blurry, so you can't see much. I've tried to clear up the image a bit to make it easier to see.

http://i299.photobucket.com...

I'm guessing the thing in the middle is some type of warehouse or something? But it looks like it has some big ball/dome on top. Looks like there's a stream/river or something on the left, and I'm guessing the purplish things in the bottom right are railings.

Anyone else see anything?
KillrateOmega  +   567d ago
The purple things to the side may also be pipes of sorts. Regardless, I'm getting a jungle/forest vibe in terms of the setting what with the mountains and abundance of green.

I also want to know what time frame they are going to take with this game. Past? Present? Future?

We can probably rule out past considering the warehouse, but still. Very interesting nonetheless :)
RememberThe357  +   567d ago
Well good luck to him and his family. I hope everything works out for both sides.

Family first, everything else second.
BLAKHOODe  +   567d ago
His timing is questionable, since he just cashed in on his settlement with Activision. If it truly is family issues, I hope he works it out and makes a come back, but I wonder if it's more of a "I'm rich now and I don't need to do this sh*t anymore" or a "We're in over our heads" kind of vacation.
KillrateOmega  +   567d ago
Yeah, I get the feeling that there is more to this than just family issues. If it was just that then why would he leave FOR GOOD? It would suck if he kind of just sold out after the settlement income, but it may be a possibility.

Sucks either way. He really seemed like a great guy and definitely a talented dev.
PAYNEinc85  +   567d ago
Damn this sucks. I watched an hour long interview with him and Vince Zampella a couple years ago. Between the 2 of them he really seemed to be the brains of the operation and was way more in touch with his games than Zampella. He actually seemed more like a passionate developer than an owner or creator. Nothing against Zampella though.
Jek_Porkins  +   567d ago
Personal issues come up for everyone at one time or another, good luck to him in the future. Hopefully we finally get to see something from Respawn soon .
Tzunoy  +   567d ago
In the end money is all that they care so why to feel compassion and do the fanboy for people like these?
You gets to drive the lamborghini first?
Smashbro29  +   566d ago
I don't understand. Someone created the generic brown people shooting simulator?
IIC0mPLeXII  +   566d ago
Yeeeeeaaaaahhhhh respawns game is going to bomb.
Hydralysk  +   566d ago
Thanks Kotaku for more pointless rumour mongering! God knows you don't produce enough of it already.
meday354  +   566d ago
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