Infinity Ward staff unofficially removed from Modern Warfare 2 credits

Confused about the upheaval between Infinity Ward and Activision? Wondering who’ll jump ship for the fresh-as-a-daisy Respawn Entertainment created by former Call of Duty helmers? Well, PC Gamer UK has compiled all the news, departures, and firings into a video we can all digest a little easier: The Modern Warfare 2 credits with all IW’s recent departures stricken from the record:

Above: More than we realized...

It should help you wrap your head around things, since it perfectly showcases exactly who left, and precisely what they did for the mega-popular Modern Warfare franchise. And these are just the folks who've moved on in the last month... WARNING: Although the vid seems like a fun little take on the news, it actually makes the current oustings and legal turmoil look a helluva lot more dire and depressing.

Apr 15, 2010


  • soren7550 - November 7, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    Is there an updated version of this out there?
  • Sebastian16 - April 16, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    Thank God the story writers left.... Absolutely horrible. No company in their right mind would snatch them up.
  • avantguardian - April 16, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    @ TURbo: exactly...
  • TURbo - April 16, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    Well the reason why it looks like more people left than 13 is because Jason West and Vince Zampella besides being CEO and President, were also "storywriters, and lead designers as well. the 5/6 man story team is such a collaborated mess. Story Writer 1 "Guys how do we get the main characters out of the military hotspots?" Story Writer 2 "Even though we barely mentioned Nikolai in the first MW1, lets have him fly planes and helicopters to solve those mission extractions. Even though his military background was being a Sargent in artillery." Others "Yeah that's a great idea."
  • avantguardian - April 16, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    ok so, it seems like you've lost most of the guys who tell everybody what to do, but still have the resources (money, animators, tech, etc.), oh and almost everybody who wrote the "story" is gone...sign me up...
  • Vitruvius - April 16, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    I wonder if everyone that is leaving is going to be joining the new Respawn Entertainment or if they are going to other companies... I'm kinda excited to see what comes out of Respawn though, you know whatever it is they do it can't be bad.
  • iJizzLots - April 16, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    i lol'd at the writing staff being fired. Not because i think people being fired is funny, but I didnt realize that people actually took time to write MW2's story
  • TURbo - April 15, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    Sargent Griggs? He won't be rapping in the credits of MW3. No devil dawg watchin our six? However all the people that did the story for MW1, were the same people that did MW2. Guess IW is at bingo fuel, and is a helicopter goint to crash into a hot volcano. Well I did love and bought COD 1, 2, MW1, and MW2. It was a good run.
  • krabsich - April 15, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    You would think that Activision might try to make right to stop the bleeding. Instead we'll probably see 5 CODs in the next year. Maybe they can integrate a guitar peripheral into the mix so we can have Call of Duty: White Zombie.
  • crazytar - April 15, 2010 10:01 p.m.

    Griggs and the guy who is responsible for all the stuff that has Kriegler on it left. ironically my recaptcha is "balfour united"
  • Kapwan - April 15, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    This really ads some perspective.
  • lovinmyps3 - April 15, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    Wow. They lost the story guys, animators, design leads, the head guys... I don't think IW will really be the same.
  • dland - April 15, 2010 8:58 p.m.

    When you see it like, it is a pretty major plow to IW and Activision.
  • tacoman38 - April 15, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    I don't how coherent Respawn's games will be though. Looks like a bunch of good and important people jumped ship from activision, but all the story people did too. Can we return them, please?
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - April 15, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    Not sure how many people have left, but I found it more concerning that those who did seemed to be from high level creative positions and integral to the quality of the game. I'm scared!
  • michaelmcc827 - April 15, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    They still worked on the game, so I don't really see why their names would be stricken from the record. More people than I thought though.
  • NeoKef - April 15, 2010 8:02 p.m.

    Lol, I love how most of the story guys left.
  • NeoKef - April 15, 2010 8:01 p.m.

    Lol, I love how most of the writing section of Iw is gone.
  • ensabahnur - April 15, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    Why dont i remember these credits, oh right, cuz i wasnt jumping over a cliff while doing it. Just like i wont remember who left because i will be playing another game, only reason ill tolerate Activision now is because Dan Americh, America, Amrich, Paprika, Mr. ONEOFSWORDS himself works there. Other that that, i have no layalty to that brand, now brands like Valve, Epic and this New THQ that has been pumping out hit after hit. I can get behind them when they drop new stuff.
  • Embolado - April 15, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    If IW continues to hemmorrhage talent will they merge with an existing inhouse dev team within Activision?

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