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Number of Original Infinity Ward Employees Return to Studio From Respawn Ent. to Work on 2019 Call of Duty

Published: 20/May/2018 13:17 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 16:35

by Calum Patterson


A number of previous Infinity Ward employees have returned to the studio, departing Respawn Entertainment, and will work on 2019’s Call of Duty release.

Of course we have barely had this year’s Call of Duty revealed, with Treyarch showing off Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but some eyes are already turning to next year following these moves.

If unaware, a messy legal battle caused the majority of the Infinity Ward studio to leave back in 2010, after Activision fired studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella for “breaches of contract and insubordination”.

The team formed Respawn, and since worked on the ‘Titanfall’ series, the second of which was released in 2016.

The original team were of course behind the creation of both Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2, and so to have some of the team who worked on these titles back in CoD is big news.

According to a lengthy Reddit post sourcing numerous LinkedIn pages and Twitter accounts, here is a full run down of the staff returning to IW from Respawn.

  • Geoffrey Smith (Former Designer at Infinity Ward, Former Lead Game Designer at Respawn, now Multiplayer Design Director at Infinity Ward).
  • Joel Emslie (Former Art Lead at Infinity Ward, Former Art Director at Respawn, now Studio Art Director at Infinity Ward)
  • Mark Grigsby (Former Lead Animator at Infinity Ward, Former Lead Animator at Respawn, now Animation Director at Infinity Ward)

Some other members from the Respawn team have also left to join Infinity Ward, but were not necessarily on the original IW team.

  • Ranon Sarono (Senior Animator at Respawn, now Senior Animator at Infinity Ward)
  • John Mundy (Senior Game Designer at Respawn, now Senior Game Designer at Infinity Ward)
  • Joshua Dunnam (Senior Environment Artist at Respawn, now Senior Environment Artist at Infinity Ward)
  • Dom McCarthy (Producer at Respawn, now Producer at Infinity Ward)
  • Madison Cromwell (Art Producer at Respawn, now Associate Producer at Infinity Ward)

Of course it did not take long for fans to begin speculation that these moves back to Infinity Ward would result in a return to the Modern Warfare Series.

However, at this time, there is absolutely nothing known about 2019 Call of Duty, with the exception of this Tweet from the returning Studio Art Director at IW.

Fans still have until all of the Black Ops 4 hype train to enjoy, before even thinking about jumping to the following year.

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Best Fennec loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:15 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 16:31

by James Busby


The Fennec has now been out for a few months, but you’ll still need to equip the right attachments if you truly wish to master this lightening fast SMG. Here, we break down two of the strongest Fennec loadouts you can use.

The Vector, now known as the Fennec, has been a popular SMG ever since it first graced our screens back in Modern Warfare 2. Packed with a buttery smooth recoil pattern, excellent hip-fire, lightweight, and insanely fast rate of fire –  the Fennec is an absolute beast of a gun. In fact, this deadly machine gun is so lethal that it can tear through multiple enemies in just a blink of an eye. 

This zippy SMG hasn’t taken the crown away from the MP5, but the Fennec is still a popular choice. For many, this weapon is still a go-to, particularly in close-quarters where hyper-aggressive play is rewarded. In order to help you get the most out of the Fennec, we’ve put together two loadouts that you can use to dominate the competition in both Modern Warfare and Warzone. 

Best Fennec loadout for Warzone

Infinity Ward/DexertoBoost the Fennec’s damage range with this deadly loadout.
  • ZLR18” Deadfall 
  • Merc Foregrip
  • Stippled Grip Tape
  • Sleight of Hand
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

While Warzone’s large scale map may favor long to medium range engagements, you’ll still want to equip a weapon that can give you the edge in those close-quarter firefights. This loadout increases the Fennec’s hip fire, while also giving it a little extra range for when you need that added distance. 

First up is the ZLR18” Deadfall. This attachment not only drastically increases your effective damage range, it also ups your recoil control and bullet velocity, helping with the precision it needs when going for those all-important body shots and headshots. While this attachment increases your ADS speed, we think this loss is worth it, especially when you consider how woeful the Fennec’s mid-range damage is. 

The next two attachments are the Merc Foregrip and Stippled Grip Tape, along with the Sleight of Hand perk. Not only will these additions keep the Fennec stable while aiming and hip firing, they will also increase the ADS & sprint to fire speed, improving your reload speed and giving you even greater control when you need to react quickly.

Taking down fully armored players in Warzone can often prove frustrating, but the 40 Round Drum Mags will give you more than enough bullets to shred through many an armored enemy. This attachment is a must for those that want to secure those game-winning squad wipes.

Best Fennec loadout for Modern Warfare multiplayer

Infinity Ward/DexertoThis loadout absolutely obliterates players in close-quarter firefights.
  • ZLR 18″ Deadfall
  • Tac Laser
  • No Stock
  • Merc Foregrip
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

This build is all about melting your opponents in close-quarters combat. The Tac Laser drastically lowers the Fennec’s ADS speed and increases overall stability, while also allowing you to maintain a steady walk while aiming. 

Being able to quickly take care of enemy threats without needing to ADS is a godsend, particularly on smaller maps like Shipment and Rust, where you’ll constantly find yourself running into enemy players. 

Lastly, the Merc Foregrip will also increase your recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, allowing you to quickly fire off the Fennec’s blisteringly fast rounds with deadly precision. Foregoing the stock for this build will give you a slight boost in movement speed for quicker reaction to get away from players, while The ZLR 18” Deadfall and 40 Round Drum Mags should always be a top priority for any Fennec players looking to increase their kill potential, so always try to build your loadout around these core attachments. 

If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of best loadouts for every gun.