In what is one of the more surprising pieces of breaking news I bring to you this year, It appears that David Vonderhaar has suddenly parted ways with Activision and the Call of Duty franchise.
David Vonderhaar was Treyarch’s Game Designer Director, and was responsible for the development of multiplayer in Call of Duty World at War and also for the entire of the call of duty Black Ops series. We recently reported to you that there appeared to be friction within the Black Ops 4 development and production. The multiplayer mode was nothing like Vahn had envisaged (as he is commonly known in the community). This left him working only on a single game mode: Blackout. He was also Treyarch’s unofficial Community Manager and viewed as a pioneer of the franchise.
Little more is known at this time, the tweets we show you above have since been deleted.
There was a suggestion that this was a hoax but Vahn has since removed any references to call of duty on his twitter snapshot. His reference to Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy may be seen as comical. However, this message was originally in the book as the dolphins left the earth before the world was destroyed. Is Vahn saying the same is happening at Treyarch? Chris who is a UX/UI Developer on the Call of duty: Modern Warfare title also sent the following tweet and received a reply confirming it:
We at Stoffel wish David Vonderhaar every success in his future endeavors. Love him or loathe him he is a man of exceptional talent. Only time will tell on the future of the Call of Duty franchise which as we have already reported to you with key members of staff leaving and development left in hiatus. You can read more about this here. Activision has yet to release any statement regarding this.