Ex-Infinity Ward employees join Respawn

Seven ex-Modern Warfare developers defect to West/Zampella EA studio

Seven ex-Infinity Ward employees have defected to Jason West and Vince Zampella's EA-backed studio, Respawn.

Former lead designer Mackey McCandlish, Programmer Jon Shiring, software engineer Rayme C. Vinson, lead animator Mark Grisby, lead environmental artist Chris Cherubini, lead animator John Paul Messerly and lead designer Todd Alderman have all joined the new studio, reports G4TV.

At least three more senior Modern Warfare developers are known to have left Activision, and could also join their seven former colleagues at the studio.

Yesterday Activision admitted that more Infinity Ward employees will "probably" leave the studio - and may even join the other bailout designers at West and Zampella's studio.

In its first official release, Respawn said it will focus on "creating state-of-the-art gaming experiences for global audiences."