Answering rumours that started swirling yesterday, Vince Zampella has officially confirmed that yes, Jason West, co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, has left the building, the company – and potentially the entire games industry.
We have worked together on some amazing accomplishments over the years, starting with an early Segasoft project that never shipped. It is sad to see things come to an end, but there are times when change is best for growth, both personally and professionally. I wish Jason the best and send my best wishes to his family. Respawn continues to amaze me, the team here is resilient and talented. E3 will be therapeutic for us, as we finally get to start showing our work again. I know the team was excited about the response we got from just admitting we were going to attend.
West and Zampella helped found Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward back in 2002, and were famously fired from the company in 2010, when parent company Activision accused them of plotting to start a new studio.