PlayStation-backed Deviation Games loses former Call of Duty boss

Deviation Games, the PlayStation-backed studio created by two Call of Duty Black Ops veterans, has lost one of its co-founders.

In a statement released on Thursday, the California-based company confirmed that creative director Jason Blundell no longer works at the studio.

Former Treyarch studio co-head Blundell was one of the main creators of Call of Duty’s Zombies mode before leaving Activision in 2020 after 13 years.

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After Blundell’s departure, Deviation will continue to be led by co-founder Dave Anthony, who also took on the role of game director this year.

Deviation also announced that Westwood Studios (Command and Conquer, Blade Runner) co-founder Louis Castle has joined the company as senior vice president of development.

Other recent recruits include God of War alums Jonathan Hawkins and Dean Rymer, and 15-year Treyarch veteran Tony Flame, who joined the team as design director.

Anthony, who wrote the script for Black Ops in 2010 and Black Ops 2 in 2012, and Blundell announced Deviation on stage at the Summer Games Fest Kickoff Live event last June.

The studio is developing an original IP to be released by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“We’re building on what we’ve learned over our collective decades of making games, but we’re also keen to create something new and brimming with innovation like you’ve never experienced before,” Anthony told the PlayStation blog last summer.

“We’re not afraid to say that our ambitions are very high: we’re striving to make a huge, content-rich game with lots of action and lots of energy, but let’s leave it there for now and I Hopefully we’ll be sharing more soon.”