A document obtained by Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirms a merger of Neversoft and Infinity Ward.
Giant Bomb reports that the two studios will form to make one large firm, while continuing to operate under the Infinity Ward name.
The news comes as no huge surprise since Neversoft helped a lot in the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Neversoft developed Tony Hawk and a few Guitar Hero games.
“As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts,” wrote Hirshberg. “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.”
However, Neversoft is undergoing a radical change due to the merger while Infinity Ward remains to go unaffected.
Studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease from Neversoft “have made the difficult decision to retire” from games after 20 years of being with the company.
Dave Stohl, current executive VP of worldwide studios for Activision, is the assigned lead for the newly formed studio and the current head of the studio Steve Ackrich will remain at Infinity Ward but will undertake another leadership role.
Unfortunately, no games were mentioned in the memo but we have reached out to Activision for an official statement relating to the developments. We will keep you informed as more information is obtained!
Source: Giant Bomb
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