Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield, the co-founders of Sledgehammer Games and directors of Call of Duty: WWII, have left the studio to take on new executive roles within the company’s publisher, Activision.
The news comes by way of Kotaku who says that they heard rumblings about the shift for Condrey and Schofield a few weeks ago but Activision hadn’t confirmed it until today. A representative from Activision gave the following statement:
Following the incredible success of Call of Duty: WWII, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey have decided to transition from their duties at Sledgehammer Games to new executive duties inside Activision. We thank Glen and Michael for their tremendous body of work on Call of Duty and look forward to continuing to collaborate with them in their new roles.
These changes have created an opportunity to elevate one of the key leaders at the studio, Aaron Halon, to lead Sledgehammer Games. Aaron is a founding member of Sledgehammer Games and the natural fit to lead the team. He has over 20 years of industry experience and has played an instrumental role throughout the studio’s history. We congratulate Aaron and are thrilled about the future of Sledgehammer Games, which we believe has even bigger days ahead.
Condrey and Schofield, who formerly ran EA’s recently-closed studio Visceral Games, founded Sledgehammer Games in 2009. After being purchased by Activision, Sledgehammer went on to aid Infinity Ward with the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 before later developing 2014’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and last year’s release of Call of Duty: WWII.
It’s uncertain just what specifically Schofield and Condrey will be doing in their new roles with Activision but this shift won’t seem to delay any future DLC that is currently planned to arrive for Call of Duty: WWII. As noted in Activision’s response, Aaron Halon will now serve as the studio lead at Sledgehammer Games, a promotion of which Activision seems to have the utmost confidence in.
Also worth mentioning on the executive front is that Activision Publishing’s current CEO Eric Hirshberg will be leaving the company at the end of March. It’s uncertain if the promotion of Condrey and Schofield coincides with this departure of Hirshberg but it makes the situation a bit more interesting. As of this moment, Activision has not stated who will be taking over as CEO upon Hirshberg’s departure.