For the past few months since they launched their store on PC, most of the news involving Unreal Engine creator and Fortnite developer Epic Games has been using some of the massive pool of money they've made from both to pick up exclusives for said store. The latest get for Epic however, is not a game but a person: industry veteran Jason West. Originally revealed by Geoff Keighley, West has apparently been working with the company on game development efforts for about a month.
If Keighley is correct, Epic have certainly hired someone with quite the résumé. West co-founded Infinity Ward with Vince Zampella and Grant Collier, going onto create a little series known as Call of Duty. Following an acrimonious split in 2010, he and fellow co-founder Zampella would then go on to create Respawn Entertainment, developer of the likes of Titanfall, Apex Legends and the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, albeit West would retire (temporarily, it seems!) in 2013 before any games had been released.
It's hard to tell what kind of impact West will have on Epic at the moment, but history indicates he can certainly help with studios that create shooters. Maybe he'll be helping with the behemoth that is Fortnite or, who knows, perhaps a return to Unreal might be on the cards?
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