Jason West has had an impressive career. As a co-founder of Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment, he’s helped shape and define popular series such as Call of Duty and Titanfall.
After a string of legal battles after a fallout with Activision, West joined Vince Zampella in forming Respawn Entertainment back in 2010. The studio is best known for Titanfall and, more recently, Apex Legends. West stepped away from Respawn back in 2013, retiring due to family issues.
It seems West has come out of retirement to join Epic Games. The news comes via Geoff Keighley, best known as the mastermind and presenter of The Game Awards. Keighley is very well connected in the industry, so it’s likely to be the case. Keighley dropped the news on Twitter, saying West was hired “quietly” by Epic Games.
Some game industry scoop: @EpicGames has quietly hired Jason West, @InfinityWard and @Respawn co-founder, to work on its game development efforts. From what I hear West, who lives in North Carolina, has been in the office for about a month. pic.twitter.com/nhR0zPq0mB
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) April 12, 2019
We don’t know specifically what West is working on or what his exact role at Epic Games is, but it would be interesting if he was working on Fortnite now that his former studio has been successful as a battle royale competitor with Apex Legends.
We will update this story should we hear any confirmation on the news and his role.