David Vonderhaar Leaves Call of Duty
It’s been a wild past couple of days for David Vonderhaar, as the now-former Call of Duty developer went on a bit of a Twitter tirade over the weekend, quoting EUnited from their CWL Championship win this weekend amongst other things, as he revealed that he’d been asked to step away from Call of Duty.
The flurry of tweets came about in the wake of Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s continuing struggles with its battle royale mode, Blackout.
The mode has struggled to keep up with its competition in Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG, and has continually shed players since launch.
Troubling Tweets from David Vonderhaar
In his storm of tweets over the weekend, Vonderhaar announced that a respectable figure in the CoD scene had asked him to step away from the game entirely and focus on other projects, a move that greatly upset the longtime game designer.
Quoting from EUnited, Vonderhaar stated,
“We have come a long way, I can’t help myself in this exact second. I just don’t care what it costs anymore. We did a thing together. It sucked. It was awesome. Pat yourself on the back.”
He followed up the tweet with a hate comment in which he pointed out his last term of authority was for Black Ops 2 and the Blackout mode in Black Ops 4, before going on a rant against US President Donald Trump, calling him out as a racist and misogynist.
After finishing his tirade, Vonderhaar quickly deleted his Twitter account, though as of the time of this writing it appears to be back up, with the aforementioned tweets now deleted.
Many had worried for his safety after the string of comments and the deletion of his Twitter, though Vanderhaar was quick to refute that this morning, apologizing to his followers and stating that he was, in fact, alright, though would be taking time away from social media.
It’s unclear if he’s still involved with Activision or if he’s been fired at this point, but it’s safe to say things are not looking bright for the long-time dev.
We’ll continue to keep you updated as this story develops.