Jason West and Vince Zampella, Ex Infinity Ward staff and creators of the multi-billion dollar Call of Duty franchise, announced the formation of a new development studio Respawn Entertainment. The move positions the Respawn Entertainment leadership team as the owners of the intellectual property they create with a focus on creating state-of-the-art gaming experiences for global audiences.
Respawn is pleased to also announce that it has awarded Electronic Arts, through the distinguished EA Partners program, exclusive worldwide publishing and distribution rights to future games.
“Respawn Entertainment marks a fresh start for Jason and me,” said Vince Zampella, General Manager of Respawn Entertainment. “For the past decade we led a great development team and poured our hearts into creating an epic game franchise. We’re very proud of what we built — and proud that so many millions of fans enjoyed those games. Today we hope to do it all over again - open a new studio, hire a great team, and create brand new games with a new partner, EA.”
“We’re excited,” added Jason West, President of Respawn Entertainment. “Now that the team is in control of the games and brands, we can ensure that the fans are treated as well as they deserve.”
Frank Gibeau, President of the EA Games states that Jason and Vince are two of the top creative leaders in the entertainment industry and EA are honored to be their partners to give them the support they need to hire a team. The studio is currently assembling a world-class team of designers, artists and engineers for their first title, but It is not yet clear if Todd Alderman and Francesco Gigliotti, who have also left Infinity Ward will become part of the team for Respawn Entertainment.
With such leading key members of the Call of Duty franchise working on a new title for EA Games, this could potentially be the successor to Modern Warfare and blow its domination within the industry to pieces. West and Zampella have not yet announced what the first title from Respawn might be and if it would directly compete with Call of Duty, but in an interview with LA Times, West did say he expected it to be of “huge, summer blockbuster” scale - adding that they would consider turning their games into films, comic books and other media.