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Neversoft Merging with Infinity Ward
Neversoft is now nevermore. The studio behind the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Guitar Hero franchises is merging with Infinity Ward, according to a memo obtained today by Giant Bomb. The newly formed studio will retain the name Infinity Ward. This announcement comes just days after the announcement of Activision’s own Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
In an internal memo, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg wrote: “as you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for development of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Through that process, it became clear that the two studios have very complementary skill sets. Between these two excellent studios, it seemed liked a single ‘super-studio’ could emerge.”
“The impact of their 20-year run of hard work and success cannot be overstated,” said Hirshberg. “As we already mentioned, we are merging these two very talented teams and obviously had to choose a name for the combined studio. Since the Infinity Ward brand is indelibly tied to the Call of Duty franchise, it is the sensible choice.”
According to the report, Neversoft studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease are retiring after 20 years of working in the video game industry. Activision Worldwide Executive VP Dave Stohl has been assigned as the head of the newly merged studio.
Neversoft Entertainment was formed in July 1994 and acquired by Activision in October 1999. The developer was best known for the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games which were critically on the Playstation in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Neversoft also worked on the Guitar Hero series starting with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The last game to be published under their name was Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock in 2010.