Call of Duty will be undergoing a bit of a shakeup as the founders of Sledgehammer Games move into new roles, Activision confirmed today.
Per Kotaku, Sledgehammer Games founders Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey will be taking on new executive roles within Activision. Aaron Halon will be stepping up to run the studio in their place.
The abrupt departure comes in the midst of Call of Duty: WWII's immediate post-release phase, making it something of a surprise. Schofield and Condrey have taken an active role in Call of Duty's development, serving as the directors for both Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII.
Condrey and Schofield's departures come after nine years with the studio. The pair founded Sledgehammer Gamers in July 2009 following the abrupt firing of Jason West and Vince Zampella, who went on to found Respawn Games.
"Activision has offered me the opportunity to focus my energy on something I’m very passionate about, exploring new game ideas for the company," Schofield wrote in a statement provided to Kotaku. "It's something I just couldn't pass up."
Call of Duty: WWII received strong reviews when it was released last November, though it struggled to make its ambitious online headquarters work for players. It was pitched as a "back to basics" game after Advanced Warfare and Infinite Warfare.
Treyarch has been confirmed for the next entry in the annual shooter franchise, which is rumored to be the much-anticipated Black Ops 4.