Activision Announces Neversoft Merging With Infinity Ward
Infinity Ward and Neversoft are merging into a single studio.
The news was recently revealed in an internal memo written by Activision Publishing CEO Erich Hirshberg. According the Hirshberg, the merger is coming in part because of the “complimentary skill sets” the teams discovered while working together on Call of Duty: Ghosts.
“As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts,” said the memo. “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.”
Hirshberg would go on to confirm that the merged studio will adopt the Infinity Ward name and that Neversoft’s title will be retired. It’s a move that Hirshberg insists isn’t meant to insult the legacy of Neversoft.
“The impact of their 20-year run of hard work and success cannot be overstated,” said Hirshberg. “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.”
That being the case, the merger has prompted Neversoft director Scott Pease and studio head Joel Jewett to “retire” from the games industry. They will remain with Neversoft for the duration of the merger and are expected to leave at some point later this year. Once the merger’s completed the new Infinity Ward will be headed up by Dave Stohl, the executive VP of worldwide studios for Activision.