Modern Warfare Team Loses Two More Veterans [Updated]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward is a little bit smaller today, as two more longtime employees have left the embattled studio. Veteran programmer Jon Shiring and designer Mackey McCandlish have parted ways with the home of Modern Warfare.

Shiring announced his resignation from the Encino-based Infinity Ward via Twitter, as spotted by 1UP, saying "After almost 6 years at Infinity Ward, I resigned today. I'm incredibly proud of everything we accomplished and I'm going to miss everyone." He follows fired co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella—now leading Respawn Entertainment, and recently departed lead designer Todd Alderman and lead software engineer Francesco Gigliotti.

Shiring worked at Infinity Ward for nearly six years, departing the same day that Zampella and West announced their new studio at Call of Duty publisher Activision's rival Electronic Arts.

The bleeding of key talent at the Modern Warfare developer doesn't stop there, as we've been told another development lead on the team has also quit the studio. Modern Warfare 2 lead designer Mackey McCandlish gave his goodbyes to his Infinity Ward cohorts earlier today via Facebook. McCandlish was with the developer for eight years, one of the IW team members credited with additional writing duties.

That makes Infinity Ward at least six longtime employees shorter as of March 1, way beyond a trend.

UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the departure of former Infinity Ward staffer Mackey McCandlish.


Comments

    Well I know one thing for sure. MW3 is going to be the biggest flop with all these Veterans leaving.

    Most of them started out during the first CoD.

      OR the game will be given a fresh overhaul and end up decent.

    i'm actually really interested in how MW3 turns out... like f4cti0n said, a fresh pair of eyes might be what the franchise needed... it's kind of funny how not long ago, everyone was whinging about how MW2 was just a half-arsed rehash of the original, and now that everyone been overloaded with the whole "oh poor IW getting shafted by activision", they've backflipped..

    this might turn out to be the best thing that's ever happened to IW, and also to a stagnating franchise that is CoD... just as long as they don't dump the whole franchise on treyarch

      i said franchise too much -_-

    WHO CAN REPLACE ALL OF INFINITY WARD TAKE THE REIGNS AND PRODUCE SOMETHING AS ADDICTIVE AS THE MODERN WARFARE 2 SPASTIC LEVEL UP MULTIPLAYER .. IS ANYONE GENUINELY PRESTIGE 10 YET ?

    I've said it before: I think MW3 will feel more like the new Medal of Honour than the new Medal of Honour. Still, there's a chance that f4ction is right...

    If Activision are as bad as they sound then I'm happy for the IW'rs to keep leaving so in a few years Acti can see that they broke up and effectively lost a great studio.

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