The former Senior Art Director and Game Director at Crystal Dynamics, Brian Horton, has joined Infinity Ward as the new Studio Art Director. His Linkedin profile states that he will be leading the team of artists at Infinity Ward on their latest project.
Welcome to the team! Happy to have you onboard. https://t.co/fcoE5ofKqe
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) January 19, 2016
At Crystal Dynamics, Horton worked as Senior Art Director on Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Horton then worked as the Game Director on Crystal Dynamics’ latest release, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Crystal Dynamics revealed that Brian Horton is departing their studio on their Tumblr blog with the following statement:
“It’s been a huge honor to be a part of the Tomb Raider franchise and the team at Crystal Dynamics,” shared Horton. “I’ve met fans from all over the world, both in person and online, to share in our love for the franchise and Lara Croft. After working on two amazing games, my family and I have decided to return to Southern California and start a new adventure. As sad as I am to leave the team at Crystal, I’m excited to play their future games as a fan. Thanks again for the years of support and feedback and I hope to stay in touch with you all online.”
Infinity Ward’s new Call of Duty title is set to be available later this year. Activision changed Call of Duty to a three year development cycle in 2014; Sledgehammer Games’ first three year title released in 2014; Treyarch’s first three year title released in 2015. There is no official details on what Infinity Ward’s new Call of Duty game will be as of now.