Co-founder of Ward, Respawn and Infinity, alleged to have been hired by Epic Games


Has Jason West responded to a new call of duty?

By Matt Purslow

Epic Games reportedly hired Jason West, co-founder of Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment, to work on game development.

The news was shared on Twitter by veteran gaming industry, Geoff Keighley, who claims that Epic has hired West to help their game development efforts. He says West has been working in Epic's office for "about a month".

Jason West was previously co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, the company behind Titanfall and Apex Legends. Previously, he was co-founder and president of the Call of Duty Infinity Ward studio, where he worked alongside Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella. As such, West has a long history of developing some of the best first-person shooter titles in the last two generations of consoles.

Jason West left Respawn Entertainment in 2013 and did not move to a new studio. As such, if Keighley is right, it will be his first project since the first Titanfall.

At the present time, Epic Games has not offered any announcement regarding the hiring of West. However, Keighley is one of the most connected people in the gaming industry and her tweet should not be immediately rejected.

To see what West's old studio does, take a look at the new Gibraltar problem detected in Apex Legends. As for where it is supposedly now, take a look at why Fortnite is causing controversy among the British monarchy.

Matt Purslow is the editor of News and Entertainment of IGN UK. You can follow him on Twitter.

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