Deviation Games was founded by former Treyarch director and Call of Duty director Jason Blundell, along with another former CoD developer, Dave Anthony. In 2021, it was announced that Deviation had partnered with Sony to create a PlayStation exclusive game. While we still don’t know what that new IP address will be, it appears Blundell is no longer involved, as he has left the studio.
In a statement made on Twitter (thank you, Eurogamer), Deviation Games has confirmed that Jason Blundell has left the studio and that they “appreciate Jason’s contributions and we wish him the best in his future endeavours.” As for those efforts, Blundell hasn’t said anything about what he will do next, whether it’s joining a new studio or taking time off. No reason was given for his departure either.
The statement goes on to say that CEO Dave Anthony will continue in a leadership role and has also taken on the role of game director. The studio has also brought on some big names to make up for Blundell’s departure, including Louis Castle, who joins as senior vice president of development. Young readers may not know who he is, but Castle was the co-founder of Westwood Studios and creator of the iconic Command & Conquer series. He also won two lifetime achievement awards for his work in the industry.
He’s joined by two former God of War developers, Jonathan Hawkins and Dean Rymer, and “Call of Duty: Black Ops guru” Tony Flame.
“This plethora of talent makes Deviation uniquely suited to continue leading the ever-evolving games industry into the future, including with the continued development of our previously announced groundbreaking AAA original IP,” the statement continued.
While we’re still awaiting news on what this new IP will be, Activision has announced that Call of Duty Warzone Mobile will be unveiled at the upcoming Call of Duty Next event. Source code from the game’s official website has revealed that it will feature 120-player lobbies, as well as authentic Call of Duty gameplay. Some sort of shared progression system was also mentioned, but not in detail.
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