Tony Hawk Studio Neversoft Burns Iconic Logo to Mark Merger With Infinity Ward

The end of an era is marked by flame.

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Neversoft as we know it is no more. The studio that brought us the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding games has officially merged with Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward. Parent company Activision describes the new developer as a "super-studio."

But Neversoft didn't just fade away. Yesterday, to mark their last day in the Neversoft office, employees burned an effigy of the studio's iconic eyeball logo. Additionally, Neversoft founder Joel Jewett gave each employee a cool-looking knife engraved with the developer's logo. Jewett is retiring alongside studio director Scott Pease with the end of Neversoft.

Activision announced the merger in May. CEO Eric Hirshberg explained the move as a result of the increasing collaboration between Infinity Ward and Neversoft on Call of Duty games. "As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts," Hirshberg said at the time of the announcement. "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 new Infinity Ward-Neversoft developer will keep Infinity Ward's name and logo.

Neversoft most recently worked on last year's Call of Duty: Ghosts. It was primarily responsible for developing the Extinction mode in that game. Considering that Call of Duty is now on a three-year development cycle, the new Infinity Ward is probably working on a game to be released in 2016. Sledgehammer Games is releasing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare this November, and Treyarch is likely developing a Call of Duty for release in 2015.

Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about Call of Duty in the future. What was your favorite Neversoft game? Were you a fan of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, or did you prefer the studio's work on Guitar Hero III? Let us know in the comments below.

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Discussion

53 comments
deadpen
deadpen

Great, a gaming company that makes games about a senior citizen skater is merging with a gaming company who is like a senior citizen that just learned how to copy & paste.

complacentcouch
complacentcouch

Goodbye Neversoft, thank you for some awesome Tony Hawk games, its a pity things had to end like this. 

JoSilver
JoSilver

Activision: We Milk Games Until They Die.

hystavito
hystavito

I don't think burning the logo is cool, it feels more like something you do when you're trying to suggest something negative about the previous thing.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Activision, the destroyer of talented developers.

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

I named my genitals after this developer. They've shaped my life in ways that they'll never know. RIP Neversoft.

chev0948
chev0948

Spiderman for the PS1. . .Good times =).

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

Be more exciting if they barricaded the doors to the studio with the former employees inside and then set it on fire.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Well, boo hoo hoo.  Neversoft haven't made a good game since THUG1.


It really is sad their talents were wasted on the TH series.  I wish they would've tried something different now and then.  Look at Apocalypse and Spider Man.  They ruled, but then they never took a chance again once TH took off.  From then on, all they did were TH sequels, Guitar Hero crap, and one COD game, along with the forgettable GUN.


To me, the company died a decade ago, it just didn't know it.

nero3068
nero3068

Yup merger them into a super studio now and by the time next COD ships, Activision will reduce head counts to "better align" with future company financial projection or whatever. Oh, and they will do it close to Christmas too.

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

Does Activision even produce any other games beside Call of Duty anymore because these day it shame like that all they promote anymore, beside Destiny that is but other than that nothing else comes to mind. 

delta5931
delta5931

Infinity Ward and Activision continue to consume the souls of gaming companies.

CapmJim
CapmJim

Burning the logo sounds like it means the stuido is really dead now. What a shame, the Tony Hawk series was one of my favorite games. Shame they are on COD now.

xcollector
xcollector

Activision has a crazy way of killing off anything thats not COD. 

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Wow, they sound disgruntled if they burnt the old Neversoft logo and key execs retired.  Well, at least their management found out the best thing to do with a disgruntled workplace...give everybody huge knives!!  Holy crap.


b00me
b00me

I don't know if it would be worth anything, I'm sure some geek would love it in their collection, why not auction it off and give the money to charity?

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

You can tell Neversoft employees are happy about the merger. 

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

...What happened to you, Neversoft?

I mean...what happened to you?

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Two crappy studios merging ? Couldn't care less


(yes, I know these studios were good once, that was long ago)

berserker66666
berserker66666

Aw great. Now we''ll have another 10 years of Call of Duty and this time...on skates.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

Activision is a really sad company. Everyone most make Call of Duty games

nervedamaged
nervedamaged

They should have auctioned it off.  Neversoft was never a bad studio.  

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

This would have made me sad a while ago, but let's face it, their glory days were long gone anyway.

wexorian
wexorian

Yee sell your soul to devil aka "craptivision"

brxricano
brxricano

All i see is dignity burning.

Piris
Piris

COD on a Skaterboard while playing plastic intruments!

Pewbert
Pewbert

Might as well be burning their dignity.

gamingfriendly
gamingfriendly

RIP had great fun with some of the old games they made.

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

Annual tony hawk skateboarding games (for consoles) incoming.

sakaixx
sakaixx

@JoSilver as long as there's money to be made I would milk it too.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@hystavito Yep. Seems especially contradictory to destroy the logo and then immortalize it on the blade of several knives.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@DrKill09 You had me until "forgettable GUN". I originally sold that game but then hunted it down again after playing Red Dead Redemption.

But as JoSilver suggested, Neversoft would only be allowed the develop the games that Activision would have green-lit.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@DrKill09 Sure, because you know, Activision didn't force them to make nothing but those games until it was burried dead in the ground.

chev0948
chev0948

@DrKill09 Do you even care to do research or do you like the smell of your own ass? 

Damnation_6
Damnation_6

@BigBossWato Well they only publish Destiny, they don't own Bungie so you cant really say Activision produces it. But yeah....Activion mostly makes shovelware (like movie tie in games like Spiderman).

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@delta5931 Almost as much as EA.....well, maybe not almost, EA is in a soul sucking league of their own

DrKill09
DrKill09

@xcollector It'll catch up with them eventually.  Look at Medal of Honor.  It was the leading war series until COD2, and now it's pretty much dead and forgotten.  The same will happen with COD in a few years when the novelty wears off, and the fickle fans move to the next big thing.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@spacecadet25 Not really.  The Vikings sent their dead on a burning barge out to sea.  It's an honorable way to go.


The execs left cause the company is gone.  Nothing wrong with that.  They probably made enough to retire.  TH and Guitar Hero were huge series... before they were ran into the ground.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@R4gn4r0k I don't recall Neversoft making something especially awful...unlike the creators of Modern Warfare 3 on the other side.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

@Evil_Sidekick Why?  Any other studio that made flop and flop simply would have gone out of business and fired everyone.  I doubt most of the employees would have preferred unemployment over working on one of the most successful franchises in gaming.

oldtobie
oldtobie

@PlatinumPaladin @hystavito They're trying to match the hardcore fireskullsdeathexplosionsstakeboardsandguitarswingsbladesgore theme they've tried to create.  Have you played any of their games?

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

@DanielL5583 @R4gn4r0k Dunno if they were responsible for those last TH games that completely destroyed the series. But I know for sure that it started going downhill from Underground 2

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@R4gn4r0k @DanielL5583 Project 8 was the last one they did I believe. Either that or Proving Ground.

RIDE and SHRED were handled by someone else.