Call of Duty dev Infinity Ward absorbs Tony Hawk dev Neversoft

Activision stops using the Neversoft name but keeps the talent.

Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero developer Neversoft will cease to exist as its own studio as it becomes a part of Call of Duty developer Infinity ward.

The news comes via our sister site, Giant Bomb, which has obtained an internal memo by Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg.

"As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts," Hirshberg said. "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."

Hirshberg goes on to thank Neversoft for its 20-year run and explain why Activision is dropping the name. "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."

Neversoft’s studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease will retire from the games industry later this year as a result.

Though Infinity Ward led development on Call of Duty: Ghosts, the studio received help from Neversoft and Raven.

Earlier this year, Activision revealed that it is moving to a three-year, three-studio development cycle for Call of Duty titles. Previously, the franchise was developed on a two-year interval. Infinity Ward launched games during odd-numbered years, while Treyarch released titles during even-numbered years.

The next game in the series, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is being developed by Sledgehammer games. According to Activision’s new development cycle, it should be followed by a game from Treyarch (known for the Black Ops games), and then another Infinity Ward title.

For more on Call of Duty, make sure you catch up with all the new details we got about the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this week.

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75 comments
Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

Activision is, without any doubt, the most ridiculous publisher to ever grace this industry.


All they want is to make money, they have no interest in video games as an art form. They don't even try to release new Ips, it's all about Call of Duty.....they will destroy everything and everyone just to feed their cash cow.


At least EA tries to do something different, no one can point their finger at them for not trying to do new stuff. Yes, they are stupid and usually shoot their own foot in the process....but they make new Ips.

hyksiu
hyksiu

The duty to consume EVERYHTING!

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

That logo brings me good memories, I'll listen to some Superman by Goldfinger as my respects to a studio that made my childhood that much better.

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

Activation basically have several studios on COD now. Talk about putting all your eggs in the one basket.


It just seems like the whole company is run by suits who don't care that much about gaming. 


I guess they gave bungie a publishing deal. Which is nice. It would just be great if they invested all their COD $$$ into giving the gaming community something new and exciting.

sonicbn
sonicbn

i like that they used the word "absorbs". makes them seem more evil

shadow9669
shadow9669

How much ya want to bet next thing there going to do is can the tony hawk series.

whatsazerg
whatsazerg

Call of Duty 9: Skateboardocalypse!

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

So you killed off neversoft? But didnt that company die years ago when the talent left?

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

720° Stalefish -> backside air -> sniped by a camper.

Combo ruined.

huyi12
huyi12

*shrugs* the tony hawk games are good as dead now so who cares what they do. 

bobbetybob
bobbetybob

RIP Neversoft, and soon RIP Raven. Of all the shitty decisions Activison have made, completely ruining 2 good studios by sticking them on CoD is the most annoying to me.

RedWave247
RedWave247

Tony Hawk's Pro Call of Duty: Guitar Hero Edition! Make your way through terrorist infested cities riding a skateboard using a Guitar Hero controller!

404FredNotFound
404FredNotFound

Call of Duty with Skates now that's something I would totally pay for...hahha, but well Neversoft made my childhood games so I feel a little sad the name is going away, but well at least nobody was fired....Yet...

DrKill09
DrKill09

I really wish Activision wouldn't have stuck them with the TH games for so long.  Would've been cool to see them try other things.  Besides TH and Guitar Hero, the only other thing they really did was Apocalypse.  Really liked that game, and wish they were allowed to be creative like that more often.


The TH games peaked at 4 and Underground, and then took a nose dive into the toilet.


One day this yearly installments shit is going to bite Activision in the ass, and I can't wait!

DrKill09
DrKill09

Neversoft hasn't really done anything good since THUG1, so no loss.

Gamer3344
Gamer3344

They'll absorb all other smaller companies and make 10 COD's a year, this is the future of gaming my friend :(

tom2750
tom2750

so wait does this mean no more Tony hawk games? if so that's bullshit sure the last couple of games weren't that good but i was hoping they would eventually release another really great game like thug and thug 2

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

Captain Price's Pro Soldier 3: Skateboard Warfare

jako998
jako998

So were going to have a CoD with Skateboards and Guitars as weapons ? and when you reach a killstreak  you can play the guitar to make everyone Deaf for a few Seconds to sneak up on them ? hmm should be good.

SoulScribe
SoulScribe

So will we be seeing a game where you shoot things on skateboards in the future? I think that'd be the shit. I'd buy it.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Look at it this way.  Now Tony Hawk will have dogs and fish.  On skateboards.


My God it will be beautiful.

playstationzone
playstationzone

well RIP Neversoft since all there staff gone  to call od duty team and still Activevision not makeing a damm crash Banicoot game and if not makeing anymore games sale it back to sony when belongs.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

Goodbye Neversoft. Thanks for the memories.

prodigy_69
prodigy_69

Call of Duty Hoverboards confirmed 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Oh no, no more Tony Hawk???  Oh wait, Tony hawk has sucked ever since their 3rd or 4th game.

xcollector
xcollector

Neversoft use to be good. Infinity Ward also use to be good too. Now all thats left is merging two small piles of shit into one larger pile of shit. Good job Activision.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@whatsazerg Call of Duty 9 was actually Black Ops 2. This years installment is the 11th game in the franchise.

coolmanmick
coolmanmick

@RedWave247  That's easy! We just use our guitar as a machine gun that creates music! But keeping our balance and doing tricks on the skateboard, that could be challenging.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

@tom2750 Tony Hawk's contract is set to expire in 2015, it's not like they have an incentive to renew his contract.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@tom2750  Neversoft haven't developed the Tony Hawk games since Proving Ground in 2007.


...and the series has been dead since EA's Skate came out.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

@spacecadet25  I liked the 3rd , one i played the most :)


.... Activsion o2, lol

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

@xcollector  that's like combining two empty tubes of Pringles , two different flavours but nothing inside.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@steaminpotatoes  I still can't believe Gamespot gave THPS3 a 10/10.  It was a pretty weak entry.  Too damn easy.  I once completed the game five times in a day.


THPS2, 4, and THUG1 were the only good ones.  THPS1 was an overrated pile of shit, and THUG2 onwards was plain awful, and only got worse with every entry.


Thrasher Skate and Destroy was the best skateboarding game out there until it's spiritual successor Skate came out.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

@steaminpotatoes @xcollector  That won't happen.  They mentioned there a lot of people with the same talents in both companies.  What companies tend to do in that situation is lay off the redundancies.  I'm sure there will be layoffs in the coming months.