Just over a month ago, Xboxic reported that security had arrived at the Infinity Ward studios where IW heads Vince Zampella and Jason West were marched out of the building. This was due to an Activision human resources investigation which claimed “breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward” had taken place.
Both West and Zampella have since filed a lawsuit (still on-going) for unfair dismissal, claiming they were fired just weeks before they were due to receive substantial royalty payments. Following their departure, it has been discovered that two more key staff have walked out - Todd Alderman (Lead Designer) and Francesco Gigliotti (Lead Software Engineer) had left the company last week with the circumstances surrounding their departure unclear, but confirmed via their LinkedIn profiles shown below:
With four previously long term staff who had been heavily involved with Infinity Ward throughout all of their Call of Duty developments, no longer employed by the company - the Call of Duty franchise as we know it, may never be the same again!
Treyarch, who has developed both ‘Call of Duty 3′ and ‘World at War’ on the Xbox 360 will release this years new Call of Duty title rumoured to be named ‘Black Ops’, and Activision previously confirmed two additional Call of Duty games in development. One of which is a new action-adventure title by Sledgehammer Games (release unknown), and another by unconfirmed developers (expected to be Infinity Ward) due for release in 2011.
Thanks to Jonah Falcon for this news submission.