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Infinity Ward Merges With Neversoft To Form Super Studio, Retains Infinity Ward Name

Posted by Alex Phillimore

Still no official word on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on Wii U

Neversoft, the developer behind the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, has merged with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward to form a brand new "super studio".

A memo written by CEO of Activision Publishing Eric Hirshberg — and subsequently obtained by Giant Bomb — outlines the deal:

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.

However, the new studio is not getting a new name, but instead will retain the Infinity Ward title — arguably the most famous of the two brands:

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.

The merger was confirmed by Infinity Ward on Twitter:

While retaining the Infinity Ward moniker, the new studio will encompass both teams and will be led by Activision's current executive VP of worldwide studios, Dave Stohl, a 19-year veteran of the publisher. Infinity Ward's current studio head, Steve Ackrich, will remain in a separate leadership role.

Neversoft head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease, however, will be retiring from the games industry after being with the company since its inception 20 years ago.

This news comes in the wake of the announcement that esteemed Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey will be providing vocal duties to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and has allowed his likeness to be used as the head of a private military organisation.

While Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts were both released on the Wii U, the jury is still out on whether or not the recently announced sequel will be appearing on the system.

Did you purchase the Wii U version of any of the Call of Duty games, and are you excited about playing Advanced Warfare? Or do you think the game will bypass Nintendo's struggling console? Let us know with a comment below.

[via giantbomb.com]

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User Comments (21)

Shiryu

#1

Shiryu said:

Infinity Ward was never very kind towards Nintendo, but good on them. Yes, I own both COD games on Wii U, love them, "Black Ops II" is the superior game, but Treyarch did a very good job porting "Ghosts" with the limited resources they had (Activision basicly decided "let's do a Wii U versions" and Inifnity Ward just dumped all assets into Treyarch to sort things out). I hope Treyarch is once again helming the Wii U conversion of "Advanced Warfare".

SphericalCrusher

#2

SphericalCrusher said:

Man that is crazy that Neversoft name is gone. I remember it meant a lot more back in the day of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater in the PS1 era. But to answer your question, I did buy both Call of Duty games on WiiU - Black Ops 2 and Ghosts. I am very much looking forward to Advanced Warfare and hope it hits WiiU so I can buy it there. Both CoDs played fantastic on WiiU, from the gamepad's functionalities, to playing off-TV completely. I always love having friends over and playing multi-screen local coop as well. Please, bring this game to WiiU!

Emblem

#4

Emblem said:

I have both Cods on Wii U mainly because I buy anything with local co-op, I enjoy both and play them to this day. That said November is too early for me to get another cod so if it does come to Wii u I'll be getting it much later.

Tobias95

#5

Tobias95 said:

I not gonna buy their war games, but for the sake of others, they should release it on Wii U.

Chubblings

#8

Chubblings said:

@SphericalCrusher I remember spending hundreds of hours on the Tony Hawks games on the PS1 (yeah I know, a bit much). I also hope Advanced Warfare hits Wii U because it's a third party that Wii U needs and they're fun to pick up and play. I buy COD's on and off (last one was Black Ops 2). It seems likely that it'll come though, as COD games came on the Wii.

SphericalCrusher

#9

SphericalCrusher said:

@Chubblings Dude, I did the same. Those games were so much fun! Walking home from high school and my friends and I would play them. Ghost was good on WiiU actually, but it has BAD online lag... Black Ops 2 online was flawless for me -Ghost isn't. I hope it hits also, and that they fix the online issues. Great minds think alike!

Meaty-cheeky

#10

Meaty-cheeky said:

I'm disappointed with this merger, I have a lot of fun memories with a lot of Neversoft games from the original Tony Hawk Pro Skater games and with Spider-Man 1&2, back on the Dreamcast and PS1.

It's sad that their only going to be just pumping out Call of Duty games with Infinity Ward for now on.

Action51

#11

Action51 said:

So sad to see all the medium sized studios folding or being bought up and absorbed one after the other.

Neverland, THQ, Irrational Games, Atlus, and now Neversoft.

When this video game crash is over, we'll be left with a few giants like EA, Ubisoft, and few others that aren't lean, small "indie" developers and self-publishers.

Dark-Link73

#12

Dark-Link73 said:

So Neversoft is losing it's name and their head honcho is "retiring" after 20 years? This isn't a "merger", it's a takeover!

ACK

#13

ACK said:

The THPS games are some of my all time favorite time-wasters. Oh, the joys of being a wee lad and landing a million point combo... Only to bust out a 10 million point combo days later with my encrusted Cheeto hands bonded to the controller. Teenage gaming bliss.

I'll miss you Neversoft. Doesn't mean I'll forgive you for cramming on-foot missions into the THPS series, though.

EDIT: I also want to give a shout out for Gun. The original "open world" western. 95% awesome with one of the all-time worst boss battles and endgame. Truly horrid turn after a gripping adventure. Still, 100% excellent soundtrack.

dkxcalibur

#14

dkxcalibur said:

I own every COD game from Modern Warfare to Black Ops II, on the 360. I really enjoyed them and played for many many hours, but I did not pick up Ghosts and I do not intend to buy the next one either. I am CODed out! I got tired of playing those types of games. Between Gears and COD, I became burnt out.

retro_player_22

#16

retro_player_22 said:

Any news about Infinity Ward in a Nintendo related article is never a good thing. Those arrogant developers had never contribute anything for Nintendo or their systems and the only Call of Duty games that were released for Ninty's systems are those from n-Space and Treyarch. Even in the GameCube and Wii generation, Treyarch has been the most innovative and selective supporter for those systems. Usually this kinda holds true to a lot of PC developers as most only care about specs over everything else. Infinity Ward alongside Epic Games and Bethesda are those in a long list of PC devs that tend to focus more on specs when it comes to making games rather than innovate. I feel sad for Neversoft losing its name like that.

kyuubikid213

#17

kyuubikid213 said:

I bought Black Ops II. It's fun. I play it whenever I get bored or don't feel like doing much in other games.

I hope the Wii U gets Advanced Warfare because every console needs games and I hope the GamePad can get some exclusive uses. Advanced technology has the potential to make the GamePad really shine.

kyuubikid213

#18

kyuubikid213 said:

@ACK Holy cow! I didn't realize Neversoft made Gun. I have it on GameCube.

Yeah, Gun was pretty great up until the end. I thought the world was a little too open with nothing to really do, though.

DESS-M-8

#20

DESS-M-8 said:

I had black ops II, then went 100% digital soon after launch and would have bought ghosts if Activision had have released it on eshop. But they chose not to.

If they'd have brought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Angry Birds Star Wars and CoD Ghosts to eshop, that's roughly £100 of just my money they'd have by now.

Oh well, maybe they'll wise up and release advanced warfare on eshop. If they do, I'll day one buy it, if not. No CoD purchase from me.

JimLad

#21

JimLad said:

Sounds like a good match, they both have experience in pumping out sequels. :P

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