Usually, when you hear about co-founders leaving their own studio it's in an attempt to get away from things like the confinements of their corporate overseers. In this latest scenario, however, two founding members of a studio are leaving the company they helped build to work directly for their owners. Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield, co-founders of Sledgehammer Games and the directors of Call of Duty: WWII
According to an article by Kotaku, Activision confirmed the news and released the following statement regarding the two leads' lateral move:
"Following the incredible success of Call of Duty: WWII, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey have decided to transition from their duties at Sledgehammer Games to new executive duties inside Activision. We thank Glen and Michael for their tremendous body of work on Call of Duty and look forward to continuing to collaborate with them in their new roles. These changes have created an opportunity to elevate one of the key leaders at the studio, Aaron Halon, to lead Sledgehammer Games. Aaron is a founding member of Sledgehammer Games and the natural fit to lead the team. He has over 20 years of industry experience and has played an instrumental role throughout the studio’s history. We congratulate Aaron and are thrilled about the future of Sledgehammer Games, which we believe has even bigger days ahead."
Before starting Sledgehammer,
Activision went on to provide statements from both men on their roles. From Glen Schofield:
"Michael and I have been collaborating for over 12 years. In that time, we’ve made great games that fans have loved, won awards on behalf of our projects and have lived our dreams. We thank Activision for the wonderful opportunity to create and lead Sledgehammer Games. Now, it’s time to try other things. Activision has offered me the opportunity to focus my energy on something I’m very passionate about, exploring new game ideas for the company. It’s something I just couldn’t pass up. Working with such a great studio of developers at Sledgehammer Games has been an honor and the highlight of my career. The team is in great hands with Aaron, he has my full support and confidence. Thank you to everyone."
From Michael Condrey:
"We founded Sledgehammer Games to bring together a