Jason West, who co-founded Respawn Entertainment and Infinity Ward with Vince Zampella, has returned to games development with Epic Games.
The news that West – who with Zampella created Medal of Honor, before founding Infinity Ward to develop the Call of Duty franchise – has returned to the games industry was revealed on Twitter by Geoff Keighley, the man behind The Game Awards: “Some game industry scoop: @EpicGames has quietly hired Jason West, @InfinityWard and @Respawn co-founder, to work on its game development efforts. From what I hear West, who lives in North Carolina, has been in the office for about a month.”
According to Polygon, a spokesperson for Epic Games said West is: “Contributing to Epic’s development efforts.” The Fortnite developer gave no indication as to what game he is working on.
West and Zampella, along with Grant Collier, founded Infinity Ward in 2002, establishing Call of Duty as one of the games industry’s top franchises. Publisher Activision bought Infinity Ward in 2003, but in 2010, Activision fired West and Zampella for: “Breaches of contract,” and the pair formed Respawn Entertainment, which enjoyed success with the Titanfall games and has recently impressed with Apex Legends and the forthcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
West left Respawn in 2013, citing family reasons, and it will be fascinating to find out what he is working on at Epic Games. For Epic Games-related news, keep an eye on the company’s website.