More Call of Duty devs leave Infinity Ward to go indie

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A team of game developers who worked on the Call of Duty franchise at Infinity Ward have split off, starting their own studio and creating a brand new shooter.

Simple. Red. Reload.

Simple. Red. Reload.

Sure, Reload might not be the first group of people who have done this (high-profile examples include Robotoki and Respawn Entertainment), but this studio’s focussing its attention on virtual reality and mobile gaming, as well as new-gen home consoles.

Co-founder James Chung explains:

When I first saw what the latest round of VR devices could do, I realised these were not just peripherals but brand new platforms that could transform the way we experience, interact with and create media. It was the perfect time to follow my passion and bring together the most talented people I know under one roof to form a development culture that promotes creativity and collaboration.

Chung is joined by traditional Disney animator Nik Ranieri, who got his start in the film industry working on the animation crew for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but has now jumped to games.

Other staffers have hopped over from Heavy Iron and EA, while Chung’s co-founder Taehoon Oh was a former lead artist at Infinity Ward.

Oh continues:

People are always looking for something new. Just as smartphones changed the way we live our lives, I am sure VR will change the way people experience media content. As a game developer, this realisation compelled me to become part of a new team that focuses on developing VR content.

It’s too early to talk specifics, but Reload is working on its first game, planned for release in 2015.

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