Tony Hawk developer Neversoft commemorated its final day this week as the merger with Activision's other wholly-owned studio, Infinity Ward, is completed. Neversoft employees performed ceremonial logo burning, highlighted in a series of pictures and messages posted on Twitter. According to employees on Twitter, studio lead Jole Jewett – who is set to retire – gave staff member custom knives on their final day as Neversoft. Neversoft studio director Scott Pease will also retire.
Neversoft was founded in 1994 and created the popular Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series until 2007. It's also been responsible for multiple Guitar Hero games and the popular Western shooter and Xbox 360 launch title Gun. Activision announced the Neversoft-Infinity Ward merger back in May, saying that it was an opportunity to create a single "super-studio." This came after the studio collaborated with Infinity Ward on Call of Duty: Ghosts, with Neversoft developing the 'Extinction' mode.
Activision executive VP of worldwide studios Dave Stohl will helm the new studio, while Infinity Ward's current leader Steve Ackrich will also remain.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said in a staff memo:
"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.
"As a gamer, all I can say is that I hope both Joel and Scott come of 'out of retirement' someday and develop more great Activision games for us all to play. As a colleague of Joel and Scott's, all I can say is thank you and congratulations on an incredible run."