Both founders of Call of Duty: WWII developer Sledgehammer Games have departed the studio after nearly a decade. Michael Condrey and Glenn Schofield have now taken up executive-level positions at publisher Activision, with Aaron Halon replacing them as studio overlord.
While it’s not yet clear why the pair decided to move on, it’s fair to say the duo are leaving on a high. After all, Call of Duty: WWII has drummed up some impressive sales since its November launch, and notched up over half a billion dollars in sales during its first weekend alone.
Sledgehammer Games was founded by Condrey and Schofield back in 2009, and initially planned to develop a Call of Duty game set during the Vietnam War. However, the studio was instead brought in to help develop 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and later churned out the futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare before working on last year’s WWII revival.
Condrey and Schofield are both veterans of the games industry, having previously been involved with the original Dead Space at Visceral Games, a studio that sadly closed its doors last year.
Speaking on the move, Condrey commented that his time at Sledgehammer was the ‘greatest experience of (his) professional life,’ while Schofield said his new role at Activision was something he simply ‘couldn’t pass up.’