Activision gave a statement to CharlieIntel denying Blundell has been let go. Here's what it said in its entirety.
"While we typically don’t comment on rumor, as a personnel matter we feel it’s important to address. Jason has not been fired, and in fact, he continues to direct the zombies experiences for Black Ops 4. In addition, Jason along with a handful of developers, are working with Activision to develop new creative opportunities."
Original story below.
A report claims Jason Blundell and nine other studio executives have been fired by Treyarch, the developer of Call of Duty Black Ops 4.
According to GamingINTEL's, Blundell was let go in early July, even though the news broke on July 24.
Blundell is best known for his work on the Zombies game mode and he's well-liked by the fan base so if his firing is true, it will come as a major setback to the mode going forward.
Treyarch haven't formally announced Blundell or any of the executives' firings and it remains to be seen if they will do so, especially considering this happened weeks back, according to the story.
There's no one reason for what led to the firings but a separate account suggests that Blundell's tendency to leak information led to his removal.
YouTuber TheGamingRevolution alleges Blundell's firing came as a result of the Black Ops 3/4 debacle along with his penchant for leaks while drinking.
"Jason's departure was mainly a result of the pre-BO3/BO4 campaign disasters and the last straw was that he kept drinking and giving away leaks whilst under the influence."
Activision fired around 10 Treyarch employees, including Jason Blundell. They’re pissed & fed up with Treyarch.— TheGamingRevolution (@TheGamingRevoYT) July 24, 2019
Jason’s departure was mainly a result of the pre-BO3/BO4 campaign disasters & the last straw was that he kept drinking & giving away leaks whilst under the influence.
GamingINTEL says they are confident in their source but warn that since it hasn't been officially addressed by Treyarch, it's important to not take it as a complete fact right now.
If it is true, then the Zombies mode will likely undergo some serious changes in the future as a person with a different vision will take control. Zombies is one of the most popular modes in the Call of Duty series so this will certainly be something to keep an eye on.
We'll keep you updated on where Treyarch or Blundell himself confirms the departure. In the meantime, it looks like the future of Call of Duty will look a lot different.
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