Respawn nabs 40 from Infinity Ward, teases new game

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 30, 2011 2:15pm PDT

Respawn Entertainment, the new EA-funded studio from former Call of Duty and Modern Warfare co-creators Jason West and Vince Zampella, has revamped the company's official website. The updated site provides an incredibly cryptic tease of the team's debut game, which can be seen above. The team's first game is supposedly a sci-fi shooter. However, not much can be discerned from the screenshot.

More revealing is the website's staff listing. Six staffers on the team appear to have come from Sony's God of War team. However, the majority of the team is comprised of former colleagues at Infinity Ward. In fact, 40 members of the original team have made the transition to Zampella and West's new studio. It appears that many are remaining loyal to the former heads of Infinity Ward, even in light of ongoing litigation between Activision and the duo over unpaid royalties for Modern Warfare 2. When the initial departures were first announced, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said, "we are obviously disappointed about this, and we wish we could have convinced some of these incredibly talented people to stay."

A second teaser image offers little on Respawn's debut.

The sheer quantity of Infinity Ward departures had many questioning if the remaining team would be capable of producing Modern Warfare 3. Since the turnover, Activision has assigned Sledgehammer Games to co-develop the title.

(via CVG)

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