West's hiring at Epic Games is being seen as a big deal for several reasons.
Respawn Entertainment co-founder Jason West has joined Epic Games according to a report. That franchise could be a battle royale game like Fortnite; but, the more likely option is that West is working on a completely different style of game. The news comes from long-time journalist Geoff Keighley who says West has been working with Epic for a month now on "game development efforts". Geoff Keighley broke the news via Twitter. Earlier he was the co-founder and president of most famous Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward.
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West left the company not long after he and Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella settled their lawsuit with Activision. West's departure from Respawn six years ago was down to "family issues", and the dev hasn't worked in games since. Epic Games does not have any officially announced games in development beyond their current work on Fortnite and the Epic Games store.
Jason West has provided a sizeable contribution to the first-person shooter genre. Fortnite has become an global news story because of its popularity, with Grammy-award winning musicians, and star athletes all loving the game. However, West also has experience in making massively popular games and that could give Epic Games an advantage.