Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg has revealed via an internal memo (obtained by gaming website Giant Bomb) that Neversoft is to be merged with veteran Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward. The two Activision-owned companies recently collaborated on last year’s mediocre Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Activision top-brass felt that the teamwork was good enough to warrant a merging of the two development teams. As a result, the name “Neversoft” will cease as the team gets absorbed into Infinity Ward. There will be no name change with Infinity Ward for obvious reasons: the company name is synonymous with Call of Duty.
Neversoft began in 1994 and went on to develop the genre defining Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. They later moved on to the Guitar Hero franchise, making their series debut with Guitar Hero III: Warriors of Rock.
With the merger comes a shuffling in leadership positions. Neversoft’s studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease have revealed that they will not be making the merger with their team, but will rather be retiring from the video game industry. Read into that what you will.
Source: Giant Bomb