Infinity Ward will absorb Neversoft to create one 'super-studio', according to an Activision memo from CEO Eric Hirshberg – obtained by GiantBomb. The wholly owned Activision studios most recently collaborated on Call of Duty: Ghosts, with Infinity Ward creating the main game and Neversoft developing the game's 'Extinction' mode.
"As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts," Hirshberg said in the memo, obtained by Giant Bomb. "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 memo goes on to say that Activision executive VP of worldwide studios Dave Stohl will lead the new studio, while Infinity Ward's current leader Steve Ackrich will remain within the studio. Neversoft studio lead Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease have retired.
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