Infinity Ward and Neversoft are to merge according to a new and leaked memo.
As reported by Giant Bomb, the Tony Hawks studio will become one with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward, making one large super studio.
“The impact of [Neversoft's] 20-year run of hard work and success cannot be overstated,” wrote Activision's Eric Hirshberg in the memo. “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 retire from the firm, while the company’s current executive VP of worldwide studios, Dave Stohl, will lead the studio while current studio head. Steve Ackrich will remain as leader of Infinity Ward.