Infinity Ward Founders West & Zampella Will Speak At QuakeCon 2010

This year's gathering of first-person shooter diehards at Quakecon will feature more than just id Software's Quake, Doom and Rage. Bethesda's showing up too, armed with Brink. More surprising is an appearance by the former heads of Infinity Ward.

Jason West and Vince Zampella, who went on to form Respawn Entertainment after getting canned from Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, will make the trip to Dallas, Texas to talk about video games. They'll be sitting on the ‘Building Blockbusters' panel, joined by id's Tim Willits and Bethesda's Todd Howard to talk shop. That could be very interesting.

Former NCsoft developer and Lord British himself, Richard Garriott, will also be there. He'll join id's John Carmack for a little "Rocket Talk" where they'll "share their passion for Rockets and space travel in this special QuakeCon presentation."

QuakeCon happens August 12 through 15 and is free and open to the public, if you'd like to go. Kotaku will be there in the form of Stephen Totilo, who will host the ‘Building Immersive Worlds and Stories' Panel that you see in the schedule below.

Thursday

‘The World of Design' Panel
12.30pm in the Cortez Room
Joel Burgess, Bethesda Game Studios
Matt Hooper, id Software
Neil Alphonso, Splash Damage
Todd Alderman, Respawn Entertainment

QuakeCon Kick Off
2:30pm in the Grand Ballroom
Todd Hollenshead will welcome attendees to QuakeCon 2010

Keynote
2:30pm in the Grand Ballroom
John Carmack's Annual Keynote address to QuakeCon attendees

"Rocket Talk"
5:30pm in the Grand Ballroom
John Carmack and Richard Garriott share their passion for Rockets and space travel in this special QuakeCon presentation

Friday

‘Building Blockbusters' Panel
11:00am in the Grand Ballroom
Jason West, Respawn Entertainment
Tim Willits, id Software
Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios
Vince Zampella, Respawn Entertainment

‘Building Immersive Worlds and Stories' Panel
1:00pm in the Cortez Room
Chris Rhinehart from Human Head
Emil Pagliarulo from Bethesda Game Studios
Harvey Smith, Arkane Studios
Raphael Colantonio, Arkane Studios

Special RAGE Presentation
2:00pm in the Grand Ballroom
Tim Willits and Matt Hooper Present RAGE

‘Let There Be Sound' Panel
4:00pm in the Cortez Room
Chris Sweetman, Splash Damage
Christian Antkow, id Software
Mark Lampert, Bethesda Game Studios
Zack Quarles, id Software

‘The Art of the Game' Panel
4:00pm in the Cortez Room
Matt Carofano, Bethesda Game Studios
Olivier Leonardi, Splash Damage
Stephan Martine, id Software
Viktor Antonov, Arkane Studios

Saturday

Special Brink Presentation
11:00am in the Grand Ballroom
Paul Wedgwood, CEO of Splash Damage and Game Director of Brink will be on hand to share a presentation of the game with QuakeCon attendees.