Infinity Ward Absorbing Neversoft

Neversoft

The developers that brought the world the Tony Hawk games will be no more as they will merge with Infinity Ward, this according to an internal memo acquired by Giantbomb.

The team at Neversoft who recently collaborated with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Ghosts will now join Infinity Ward full time and retire the Neversoft name.

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision said:

“As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts, and through that process, it became clear that the two studios have very complementary skill sets. Between these two excellent studios, it seemed like a single ‘super-studio’ could emerge.”

With the changes to Neversoft, Neversoft studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease will leave the company for retirement by the end of the year. Activision will have Dave Stohl, executive VP of Activision’s worldwide studios, lead the new “super-studio.”

The new Infinity Ward will likely continue to work on the Call of Duty franchise which is now being worked on by three different studios in a three year development cycle. Sledgehammer Games recently announced their Call of Duty game, Advanced Warfare. With this current cycle, Treyarch will be next in the Call of Duty queue in 2015 with Infinity Ward following in 2016.

This will be the end of a 20 year run as Neversoft folds into Infinity Ward. Neversoft are responsible for the classic Tony Hawk games as well as various Guitar Hero games. What was your favorite Neversoft game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Giantbomb

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