According to an internal Activision memo from company CEO Eric Hirshberg and later confirmed by developer Infinity Ward themselves, the development team responsible for the Call of Duty franchise is set to merge with fellow in-house studio Neversoft to form a single ‘super studio” going forward.
Said by Hirshberg in the memo, which was obtained by Giant Bomb, he states: “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.”
In the past, Neversoft developed titles for the Guitar Hero & Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchises, both published by Activision & had recently developed COD:Ghosts’ “Extinction’ mode. To helm the new studio will be current Activision “Executive VP of worldwide studios” Dave Stohl, with Infinity Ward’s current lead Steve Ackrich staying with the studio during the merger. Neversoft studio Head Joel Jewett & it’s studio director, Scott Pease, are set to set down during the process.
The studio later confirmed this to be true by tweeting the following:
We’re thrilled about our merger with @Neversoft! The entire team is excited about the future
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) May 4, 2014
The newly formed studio will continue to operate as “Infinity Ward”. I’m personally hoping that with the transition of fresh Neversoft talent, whom of which are 95% likely to work on a new installment of Call Of Duty, can reinvigorate the franchise to it’s former glory.