Activision has confirmed that Sledgehammer Games co-founders and Call of Duty: WWII directors Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield are leaving the studio. According to the company, they will stay with the publisher despite their departure from Sledgehammer. Aaron Halon, another founding member of the Sledghammer team, has been chosen to lead the studio.
In a statement, Activision thanked Condrey and Schofield for their work. The new executive roles that they will be filling within Activision were unnamed.
“Following the incredible success of Call of Duty: WWII, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey have decided to transition from their duties at Sledgehammer Games to new executive duties inside Activision. We thank Glen and Michael for their tremendous body of work on Call of Duty and look forward to continuing to collaborate with them in their new roles. These changes have created an opportunity to elevate one of the key leaders at the studio, Aaron Halon, to lead Sledgehammer Games. Aaron is a founding member of Sledgehammer Games and the natural fit to lead the team. He has over 20 years of industry experience and has played an instrumental role throughout the studio’s history. We congratulate Aaron and are thrilled about the future of Sledgehammer Games, which we believe has even bigger days ahead.”
It’s a big move for the studio, but certainly not as much as the firing of Infinity Ward’s Jason West and Vince Zampella, who went on to found Respawn Entertainment.
Before starting Sledgehammer Games in 2009, Condrey and Schofield ran Visceral Games, which EA shut down a few months ago.