Video game development studios Neversoft Entertainment and Infinity Ward (both Subsidiary of Activision) have agreed to a merger over the weekend that would establish one studio.
According to an internal memo that was acquired by Giant Bomb on May 3, the two studios are going to merge to become a "Super Studio" under the Infinity Ward name. Dave Stohl is going to be assigned to lead the new studio while Steve Ackrich, current President of Infinity Ward, will remain at the studio in a leadership role.
It has been speculated that the merger was part of Activsion strategy to innovate the Call of Duty series by giving a longer production time and bringing in more talent. Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, stated in the memo, "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."
Other major changes includes Joel Jewett, President of Neversoft, and Scott Pease, Studio Director for Neversoft, going to retire after the merger is complete. Hirshberg commented on the retirement,"As a gamer, all I can say is that I hope both Joel and Scott come of 'out of retirement' someday and develop more great Activision games for us all to play."
Neversoft Entertainment was established in 1994 and is well known for the Tony Hawk: Pro Skater and Guitar Hero series. Infinity Ward was established in 2002 and is well known for the Call of Duty series.