Two more long-time employees of Infinity Ward have left the studio, leaving the “deep bench” boasted of by Activision just a little bit shallower.
Fallout from the Infinity Ward-Activision blowup continues: Late yesterday it was revealed that programmer Jon Shiring, who had been with the studio for six years, and designer Mackey McCandlish, an eight-year veteran, had both said their farewells. “After almost 6 years at Infinity Ward, I resigned today,” Shiring wrote on Twitter. “I’m incredibly proud of everything we accomplished and I’m going to miss everyone.” McCandlish told the world of his departure via Facebook.
Their resignations comes a week after those of lead software engineer Francesco Gigliotti and design lead Todd Alderman, who had been at the studio seven and eight years respectively. A bit ironically, Activision said yesterday that in spite of its legal tussles with fired IW founders Jason West and Vince Zampella, it “looks forward to continuing to work with Infinity Ward’s deep bench of proven talent on exciting new projects.” That bench is starting to look a little shorter than it used to.
Neither Shiring nor McCandlish commented on their plans for the future but it was also revealed yesterday that West and Zampella had launched a new EA-aligned venture called Respawn Entertainment, which is now hiring. Coincidental timing? We shall see!