Quoth the Raven: Neversoft merging with Infinity Ward to form a single studio

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`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked upstarting –
`Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

– The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe)


After twenty years of active development on games ranging from the Tony Hawk series, Gun, Guitar Hero and Call of Duty, the LA-based Neversoft Entertainment has been absorbed into Call of Duty series creator Infinity Ward to form what Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg calls a single ‘super-studio.’

In an internal Activision memo obtained by Giant Bomb recently, Hirschberg wrote:

“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.”

“The impact of their 20-year run of hard work and success cannot be overstated. 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.”

Long-time Activision executive Dave Stohl will lead the new Infinity Ward, while current studio head Steve Ackrich will remain on at the company in a leadership position. Neversoft co-founder Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease, however, have made the decision to retire from the game development industry.

Nevermore, Neversoft

It’s unfortunate that such a long-standing and historied game development studio has been absorbed in this way with little of its original culture remaining, but it’s not surprising, either. The last original game the studio worked on was Gun in 2005, with a string of Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero games following before being set up as a Call of Duty support studio.

Will Raven Software suffer a similar fate having not produced an original game since Singularity in 2010?

Hirschberg concluded the memo by writing: “I am very much looking forward to what the new Infinity Ward will deliver in the near future.”

Source: Giant Bomb

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