This is one bad month for Activision, I say. IGN has reported that three more employees, or former now, have left the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward. Programmer Jon Shiring and senior animator Bruce Ferriz independently confirmed that they were leaving Infinity Ward, with Ferriz moving on to Big Red Button Entertainment and Shiring not shedding any light to where he’ll be immigrating to. “I’m not trying to create spectacle, I just wanted to avoid the LinkedIn nonsense,” Shiring regarding his move, referring to two former Infinity Ward employees (Todd Adlerman and Francesco Gigliotti) who were discovered via LinkedIn to have left the studio. Lead designer Mackey McCandlish has also confirmed (via Twitter) that he too will be departing from the studio after “a great 8+ year run.”
Although it might intentionally be coincidence (or it might be), this news comes just a day after the debarred Infinity Ward co-founders – Vince Zampella and Jason West – announced the establishment of their new studio Respawn Entertainment, and their partnership with Activision rival Electronic Arts. None of the ex-Infinity Ward employees, as of this writing, have joined the new company.