An internal memo from Activision has revealed that Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward and former Tony Hawk studio Neversoft are merging, according to a report from GiantBomb.
The memo, written by Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, states that the unified studio will be called Infinity Ward, effectively retiring the Neversoft name.
“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,” said Hirshberg.
“While it will be strange not to 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.”
Activision’s Vice President of worldwide studios is taking over this new ‘super-studio,’ and current studio head Steve Ackrich will stay in a leadership role at Infinity Ward. Not everyone is entirely happy with the change, however, as Joel Jewett and Scott Pease, studio head and director respectively, have “made the difficult decision to retire” from creating games.
As GiantBomb notes, with Sledgehammer and Treyarch, Activision now has three studios working on Call of Duty, giving each studio plenty of time to work on the next iteration. The memo made no mention of any games affected by or announced as a result of this change.