Activision Announces Neversoft Entertainment to be Retired, Studio Will Be Merging with Infinity Ward
Following an extended history working on franchises like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Guitar Hero, and more recently collaborating on last year’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision announced this afternoon that Neversoft Entertainment will be retiring its name and be merged with current Call of Duty producer, Infinity Ward.
In a memo released by Eric Hirshberg, (Activision Publishing CEO), the company detailed that Neversoft will be merged into Infinity Ward’s name, with the current staff to be integrated with the rest of Infinity Ward’s team. After working on last year’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, Hirshberg mentioned the symmetry between the two teams and the decision to merge the two studios, with an official press release coming from Activision on the merger:
“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.”
“The impact of their 20-year run of hard work and success cannot be overstated. As 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. While it will be strange to not see the Neversoft logo on future games, the important things–which are the Neversoft team’s talent, creativity, professionalism and commitment to creative excellence–all remain unchanged as part of this new chapter.”
“I am very much looking forward to what the new Infinity Ward will deliver in the near future.”
Stay tuned for more information on the Neversoft-Infinity Ward merger and details on upcoming projects from the studio, following this week’s earlier reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.