Two prominent Call of Duty veterans have left the studio of Infinity Ward to pursue a “rare and exciting new opportunity.”
Taylor Kurosaki and Jacob Minkoff are Call of Duty veterans at Infinity Ward who held key creative positions on the franchise. Kurosaki served as narrative director for 2016’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare while Minkoff served on those games as design director. Their departure happened earlier this year but a public statement was only issued now.
“It was an honor to be a part of the studio for the last 7 years and we’re so proud of what we created together with Modern Warfare and Infinite Warfare. We wish the team nothing but the best,” they said in a joint statement on Kurosaki’s Twitter account. Kurosaki and Minkoff are not yet able to announce their next gig, but they remarked that more details should come soon.
Since their departure was revealed as a joint statement, we can only assume that Minkoff and Kurosaki will be collaborating on their next project. Before joining Infinity Ward, Kurosaki was at Naughty Dog for a decade doing narrative design across several titles. Minkoff also came from Naughty Dog where he worked on Uncharted 2. He was promoted to lead designer to work on Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us.
Fans of Call of Duty’s narrative and storytelling will probably want to keep track of what Kurosaki and Minkoff do next. Their statement says only that they are leaving Infinity Ward but does not say they are leaving Activision, so who knows if they are simply seeking a new relationship with the publisher. Can’t imagine that Bobby Kotick and friends would want to let go of two Call of Duty veterans so easily.
Sledgehammer Games is currently working on the next Call of Duty, due out this holiday. It’s rumored to be set in WWII as with 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII. It’s expected to integrate with the ongoing battle royale spin-off Call of Duty: Warzone.