Infinity Ward and Neversoft will be merging into one studio, as confirmed by the Call of Duty: Ghosts studio.
UPDATE: It was just confirmed on the Infinity Ward Twitter feed:
We're thrilled about our merger with @Neversoft! The entire team is excited about the future
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) May 4, 2014
We’ll have more once the finer details come out. Stay tuned.
According to the leaked memo sent by Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, the merging of two seemed a “sensible choice” after Neversoft helped with development of Extinction Mode on Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Hirshberg stated that the partnership between the two studios was so successful “it seemed like a single ‘super-studio’ could emerge.”
The result will see the Neversoft name retired as the studio is absorbed by Infinity Ward.
“The impact of [Neversoft’s] 20-year run of hard work and success cannot be overstated,” wrote Hirshberg. “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.”
Neversoft studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease will also retire from the firm, it was noted in the memo, but the duo will stay on for the transition period. Both will leave the company by the end of the year.
The company’s current executive VP of worldwide studios, Dave Stohl, will lead the studio while current studio head, Steve Ackrich, will remain with Infinity Ward in a leadership role.
Activision will announce its Q1 fiscal year 2014 financials on Tuesday, May 6, so it’s likely we’ll hear more about the merger at that time.
Via Game Informer.