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The Infinity Ward Exodus Continues as Two More Longtime Employees Leave

The hits just keep on coming for Infinity Ward. Kotaku is reporting that lead animator Mark Grigsby and lead character animator Paul Messerly both announced their resignations today. For those keeping score at home, that brings the total to 13 employees to depart since West and Zampella were ousted on March 1st.

Grigsby and Messerly become the most recent pieces of the Modern Warfare drama, and it follows just two days after three more key members announced their intention to quit. Before the firing of West and Zampella, Infinity Ward employed less than 90 people. Activision has not commented on the departures.

More important than the number of people leaving is the experience that goes with them. The list of the recently unemployed includ several names that have been with the developer since its founding in 2002, as well as many of the top talent responsible for the creation of the mega-hit Modern Warfare. Among those are some of the lead animators, engineers and writers responsible for the game.

No word yet on where they will end up, but there is at least one new company that is hiring.