David Vonderhaar has been a part of Treyarch for many years now. While working as the studio design director, Vonderhaar was responsible for creating the multiplayer portion of many Black Ops games, including Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale mode “Blackout”. Despite the dislike towards Call of Duty Black Ops 4’s microtransactions, Blackout is still loved by many players.
In a recent series of cryptic yet suggestive Tweets, David Vonderhaar revealed how he was asked to disconnect himself from the Call of Duty franchise, essentially being asked to go away. The reason for this may or may not be the approach Infinity Ward is taking with Call of Duty Modern Warfare. His Tweets have been since deleted but we managed to pull them off from screenshots on ResetEra.
I was asked by someone I respect to disconnect my day-to-day with the Call of Duty world I was a part of,” wrote the veteran designer. I respect that. It makes sense. Before I go … Good luck to all the Call of Duty World League Esports heroes.
Since it is apparent that Infinity Ward is trying to take a very serious approach to war with the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, maybe it is Activision who are trying to push Vonderhaar away from the future of the franchise.
“Whatever story you heard is probably true but not the truth. Good shit, guys. Be proud right now. It’s a straight-up honor to you know all,” Vonderhaar added in a different tweet.
“We have come a long way. I can’t help myself in this exact second. I just don’t care what it cost anymore. We did a thing together. It sucked. It was awesome. Pat yourself on the back. Thank you. So much fun to be had.”
Most of Vonderhaar’s Tweets have been deleted but one still remains and it is extremely cryptic and sad.
Starve the ego; feed the soul.
Goodnight, and thanks for all the fish.
— Vahn (@DavidVonderhaar) August 19, 2019
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 received massive criticism on its heavy use of microtransactions in the game. Some gamers even argued that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 became a pay-to-win game. Even though Activision recently revealed that they made a significant amount of profit from microtransaction sales from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the game is still considered to be one of the worst Call of Duty games by veterans of the series.
As of right now, Activision hasn’t commented on what David Vonderhaar has said in his series of Tweets.