News has been making rounds about the merging of Neversoft, creator of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, with Infinity Ward.
GiantBomb claims the merger was disclosed in an internal memo penned by CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg; the merger seems to be favoring Infinity Ward since the new studio will by called by that name.
In his memo, Hirshberg noted the collaboration between Neversoft and Infinity Ward during the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts, seeing how both studios’ complimented each other, he felt that both studios should be merged together to make a Super Studio.
Whilst the name Neversoft is being retired, the team of the studio will retain their current position but will work under a different name, Hirshberg praised Neversoft for their hard work and explained that the choice for naming the new studio Infinity Ward is because it is connected to the Call of Duty franchise.
The new studio will be led by Dave Stohl, the executive VP of Activision worldwide studios who has been working for Activision for almost 19 years. Steve Ackrich, the current head of Infinity Ward will remain as the leader of the studio.
In the Neversoft team, Studio Head Joel Jewett and Studio Director Scott Pease who have been working for the company for more than 20 years have decided to retire from the games industry entirely, they will continue their roles during the studio’s transition.
Hirshberg thanked both Jewett and Pease for their work and hoped they would go back on their decision and return to Activision soon. No new games were mentioned in the memo, but it is expected that Infinity Ward will continue to develop Call of Duty titles.
With Sledgehammer Games becoming part of the development rotation, each Activision developer now gets more time to work on their iteration, whilst Call of Duty will get yearly sequels, at least the extra time will give the developers a chance to bring something new to the franchise.