UPDATE: This merger has been confirmed by Infinity Ward.

Original Story:
A new report from Giant Bomb is stating that Neversoft Studio is losing it’s name and merging with Infinity Ward. Infinity Ward and Neversoft have closely been collaborating on Call of Duty: Ghosts, and such, it seem these two are becoming one ‘super studio’ under the Infinity Ward name.

Giant Bomb reports that Activision CEO sent out a memo:

The news was disclosed through a very recent internal memo penned by Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, that was obtained by Giant Bomb.

The newly merged studio will still be called Infinity Ward.

“As you know, Neversoft and Infinity Ward teamed up for the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts,” wrote Hirshberg. “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 result, however, the Neversoft name will be retired.

“The impact of their 20-year run of hard work and success cannot be overstated,” said Hirshberg. “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.”

Giant Bomb is reporting that Dave Stohl, currently the executive VP of worldwide studios for Activision, will be taking over as Studio Head of this newly merged studio. Steve Akrich, current studio head of Infinity Ward, will remain in a leadership position at the studio.

Giant Bomb is also reporting that current studio head  Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease of Neversoft, who have both been at the company for more than 20 years, “have made the difficult decision to retire” from games.

“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,” said Hirshberg. “As a colleague of Joel and Scott’s, all I can say is thank you and congratulations on an incredible run.”

The site also reported that the memo finished with this statement:

“I am very much looking forward to what the new Infinity Ward will deliver in the near future,” said Hirshberg.

SOURCE: Giant Bomb

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  • Mitch

    Doesn’t Neversoft have like 100+ employees? This could be pretty huge for CoD 2016.

    • kyr95

      Indeed it could be 🙂

    • Not so sure,ghosts was a failure imo

      • Mitch

        Well, suddenly having another 100 people working on your game, with the extra year could be nice. AND I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO LOGAN

        • kyr95

          He became the new Rorke >:D

          • Ssshhh

          • So…Logan taken by rorke becomes rorke and most likely killed rorke (or made a rorke sex slave or rorke plushie)…

          • Mitch

            That’s what we think…

        • But didnt Neversoft work on ghosts too,or did they just port the pc version

          • Mitch

            According to wikipedia they helped with Extinction

          • boredom.com

            No. Neversoft and only Neversoft made Extinction. MP was Raven and IW. SP was split 3 way.

          • Batman

            Neversoft ONLY did extinction

        • Simon Riley

          Logan lived and got raped lmao that is all

        • CoDforever

          what do you mean another 100 people? LMAO Neversoft already worked with InfinityWard on Ghosts. Since they are merging they are going to have the exact same number of people working on their next cod that worked on ghosts

      • Michael

        yet you still support it with your profile pic?!?!?!?!?!? (jk) 😀

        • Are you acutally cereal

          • Michael

            lol, I said i was kidding :p change it at once!!!!

          • And i just said are you ‘cereal’

          • Michael

            Yes, Yes im fuckin “cereal” lol

          • Im gonna eat you now

          • What if I told you, that it’s not nice trying to eat Michael…

          • But it feels good man

          • KevinWoof

            Somebody trying to give my son a HEART ATTACK?

          • TheShadowReaper

            Seriously though you should change your name.

          • Into EpiCipe? 😀

          • Save me the brain 🙂

          • Michael

            Come at me boi!!! ????? ill get my cat!! ????

          • Josh

            Wouldn’t mess with Riley….

          • Michael

            And why is that?

          • Josh

            You’ll give him a heart attack!

          • so i tried to turn my name int

            You the man RileyWoof 😀

      • Jack Meoff

        And the funny thing is your calling it a failure and you were one of those people who were on saying OMGGG GHOSTS LOOKS SO GREAT and i bet you still play it everyday

        • I didnt even buy it since it sucks on pc too much

          • Tayler Hammond

            Your name is RileyWoof, your profile pic is Riley, and you’re saying that you didn’t buy Ghosts?
            Nice try..

          • RdJokr

            Two words: Pirate. Bay.

          • …euh im just doing my fan service

    • Actually, they will still have 200+ workers if they will merge. And 200+ workers is pretty average for a AAA developer.

    • Indeed. They were heavy on recruiting when they were working on Ghosts.

  • HenryDF

    An extra year, and another 100 people?

    I’m not gonna complain, it’d hopefully lead to a rise in quality.

    • CoDforever

      what do you mean another 100 people? LMAO Neversoft already worked with InfinityWard on Ghosts. Since they are merging they are going to have the exact same number of people working on their next cod that worked on ghosts. Example – 200 people from InfinityWard and 100 people from Neversoft worked on ghosts. Thats 300 people in total. Now that they are merging, its still 300 people because 100+200=300! OMG MIND BLOWN RIGHT I KNOW?

      • MichiganerE

        Actually, Infinity Ward only has 125 employees, so now, they’ll have… 225 EMLOPYEES! MIND=BLOWN!

      • RdJokr

        A lot of people tend to forget the fact that Ghosts was done not just by IW, but also by Neversoft and Raven. Funny thing, considering that the game’s intro video shows all three devs’ logo.
        Anyway, hopefully this means Neversoft can bring some of their Extinction magic and rub it off on campaign and multiplayer.

      • HenryDF

        The entire Neversoft team of 100+ didn’t work on Ghosts – so it’s not going to be the “exact same number of people” – nor did Neversoft work on the whole of Ghosts, they only assisted with aspects of the campaign, and now pretty much run Extinction.

        So, yes, it will make a difference. Not only will you have the entire team working on the next IW project, but they’ll be working on the entire project as well rather than just smaller aspects of it. Mind blown?

    • ben wills

      Ghosts was a rise in quality from MW3 and BO2

  • Michael

    Well what can i say, I got zero clue what NeverSoft did in the development in COD Ghost, and if Im correct, I thought one of the developers at NeverSoft said that “quick scoping is completely takin out of the game.” (COD GHOST). I know it has nothing to do with the merging of the two develpoers, but this leads me to think in future references about the next cod game from I.W.

    • Keshav Bhat

      Neversoft was responsible and is still responsible for the Extinction mode of Ghosts. They are the ones making the new DLC for Extinction, made Chaos Mode for Extinction.

      • Siftblade of Rivia

        Then that’s promising. Extinction was the best thing to come out of Ghosts, IMO.

        • TheMostManlyMan

          That’s not saying a whole lot. I played the free Xbox weekend they had awhile ago and I hardly found Extinction enjoyable, it was just so….Meh.

          • Siftblade of Rivia

            I know, but it’s the best think out of Ghosts.

          • TheMostManlyMan

            The real question is, who was playing Guitar Hero over there and just thought “we need these guys to make Call of Duty with us”?

          • Batman

            You played an MP demo and you are judging the entire mode based on that? Lol

          • TheMostManlyMan

            No, I played A demo that included extinction and it was purely awful, the maps were just beyond stupid as was the spawning.

      • Michael

        Oh ok thanks for letting me know.

  • Rob Schneider

    Typo – Neverosft
    The second time you used the name
    Just letting you know
    I know its not big deal 🙂

    • Keshav Bhat

      Thanks 🙂

      • Rob Schneider

        No. Thank you 🙂

  • cRi7iCaL

    I just hope this causes an improvement since they’ll probably have better coordination opportunities by merging. I hope they learn from their mistakes because Ghosts was far behind expectations and didn’t justify the hype at all. I hope they use the time to rethink their values (especially in MP).

  • Josh

    Infinity Ward have had so many changes over the years, it’s not wonder their games have only been half decent – they never know where they’re at!

  • Jack Lame

    What shall I get, PS4 or Xbox One? Call of Duty is my main game, but PS4 seems like a good choice. I don’t know……………………..

    • Mitch

      Do you have friends you game with? If yes, what console do they have or do they prefer?

      • Jack Lame

        Xbox One.

        • Mitch

          If your friends have XB1, then XB1 is the obvious choice. Then you could get PS4 later for exclusives (if you think that’s worth it).

          • Jack Lame

            What games does PS4 have?

          • Mitch

            Right now as exclusives? inFAMOUS: Second Son, Killzone: ShadowFall, Knack (kidsgame IMO), Resogun ($20 game, but fucking good IMO) Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition (no idea of the price) and for the future we have confirmed: The Last of Us, The Order: 1886 Remastered, new Earth Defense Force, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Uncharted PS4, FF XIV (also on PS3 and PC), Deep Down and H1Z1 and some projects that will probably get announced at E3, and you’ll obviously get things like new Gran Turismo’s, new Killzone’s etc.

          • Jack Lame

            Thanks alot.

    • jordanxbrookes

      I have an Xbox One, but go with the console that your friends are on. That’s what I did.

      • Jack Lame

        My friends are on Xbox One, do you enjoy your Xbox One?

        • jordanxbrookes

          Hell yeah I do.

          • MichiganerE

            Same here. I just wish they would, RELEASE MORE GAMES ALREADY!

    • Bigi345

      I have a PS4, but honestly you should pick Xbox because your friends are in there. No fun playing alone

      • Jack Lame

        Thanks.

  • pingarica

    So ghost 2 and it’s going to suck again? Gimme a break mother fuckers.

    • SoulTaker

      The game is way beyond not even coming out and you’re already judging it? xD maybe you need a break from COD..forever.

    • KevinWoof

      “Ghosts 2 is going to suck again” I dont remember Ghosts 2 sucking the first time?

  • jordanxbrookes

    This will hopefully mean Ghosts 2 will be so much better than Ghosts.

  • Grenada!

    A “super-studio”? Yet they still managed to create that piece of shit named Ghosts? I hope this extra year won’t just be for DLC and DLC ideas though.

    • KevinWoof

      I liked ghosts

    • Sal

      The CoD community which you are part of asked for bigger maps and more powerful guns. Don’t blame them for listening to your bullshit.

  • KevinWoof

    Hey guys, I just wanted to share a thing with you guys that has been bothering me. IF the reveal trailer was actually released early, then why is the counter still there? Another trailer coming?

    • kyr95

      The counter dissapeared now and the official AW site took its place. Check it out.

      http://www.callofduty.com/

      • KevinWoof

        Yea, I noticed that, but the website http://www.callofduty.com/new-era is still there with the counter. And that’s whats bothering me.

        • kyr95

          Wow, youre right. Maybe its about the gamespot coverage which is tommorow? remember the bo2 site where the blurry images kept popping up and by the time were revealed. now we have those white dots on that page. who knows..

          • KevinWoof

            I do remember that. And you are right too, it might be something about the gamespot coverage or something like bo2. But then again… it could be nothing.

          • kyr95

            We’ll just have to wait, along with 2 months until E3,4 months until multiplayer reveal, and 6 months until the game comes out.
            Patience’s not my strongest suit

          • But it got revealed already,wouldnt they delete that website or change it already

          • KevinWoof

            Well, lets just see what happens when the counter goes to 0

          • Blue screen 😀

          • KevinWoof

            I would be so angry if that would happen 🙂

          • KevinWoof

            Well now its -33 minutes and the site is lagging as hell. 🙁 I was wrong.

          • kyr95

            Well the counter will stop tommorow, but it doesnt mean that after that the site wont continue popping up more white dots a.k.a. reveals :/

        • Why hello there brother

          • KevinWoof

            Sup, but i am not your brother. I am your father

          • But father i am more famous

          • KevinWoof

            So it seems

          • swekswekswekswek

          • KevinWoof

            woof

          • Xecho

            VVhat the f is going on?

          • KevinWoof

            A touching meeting between a father and a son is going on.

          • Xecho

            Avvvvvvv

          • Josh

            But what happened to your mother?

          • Lost her in WW2

          • Josh

            Wow, your a pretty old dog then nearly in your 70’s and still on the front line.

          • Last man standing

      • The counter is still on that other website

    • Keshav Bhat

      Cause the leak was unexpected, so the new-era site hasn’t been removed. The whole thing happened unexpectedly.

  • Tep Kok

    Anyone excited about this was born after 1999, guaranteed. The people who literally created the extreme sports genre of video games is getting merged into a shitstain developer and you’re actually okay with it.

    • Mitch

      But then again, what could Neversoft ever do in the future?

    • Sal

      It’s not IW’s fault that the CoD community is retarded and doesn’t know what they want. If they knew that people would complain about fast TTK and big maps, they would not had released them.

      IW is not a terrible developer, it listened to the CoD community. Now you pay the price.

      • Quick

        I don’t recall people asking for bigger maps and people weren’t complaining about the TTK in BO2, they were complaining about the lag.

        • jordanxbrookes

          People were annoyed that 95% of the maps were small-medium size. People hated lag, and because IW’s engine is better than Treyarch’s, the only real thing they could do was to give people less hitmarkers by reducing the TTK. I personally like the big maps in Ghosts, but some like Siege and Stonehaven I feel are poorly designed, and that they would be better if it were designed better. It’s amazing how Treyarch are the best when it comes to design, but Infinity Ward has the better engine. I hope Sledgehammer some how act as a hybrid for design and game engine.

          • .Monkey

            Yeah, i wish Sledgehammer did…

  • smayo

    I really like that neversoft logo

  • Bigi345

    Never pre ordering another IW cod again.

    • Mitch

      Ok.
      Also, I fucking like your avatar.

      • Bigi345

        You’re suppose to be the opposite of me

      • Bigi345

        You’re suppose to be the opposite of me, why do you like it?

  • Sal

    Hopefully by then they won’t commit the dreaded error of listening WAY TOO MUCH to the CoD community. Ghosts’ problems are result of many requests made by the community, like bigger maps and stronger guns.

  • I’m happy, about the merge, but Ghosts left me with a bad taste and trust issues with IW.

  • They should’ve named the company “Always Hard” heh heh heh. Okay not funny…

  • Condemt

    Lol infinity ward is done, even with an extra year + 100 or so staff.. There running out of ideas. Like come on, didnt anyone ever notice that captain price did not die? So they come out with ghosts, and then in 2016 we will have ghosts 2.. Bring us something interesting IW

  • InfinityWardHater

    Hopefully this means the next game won’t be a complete piece of shit like Ghosts.

  • Vikerii

    Not sure about the designation of ‘super studio’.

  • George

    Why is this in the Advanced Warfare section?

  • Bob Mit

    Good, the one employee at NeverFrost is now working with the two people at Infinty Ward.

  • Tayler Hammond

    They should’ve dropped the Infinity Ward name. Infinity Ward is a joke now. Neversoft has a better reputation of actually captivating their audience with innovation. Rather than Infinity Ward’s “revolutionary” fish A.I.

  • Jack Lame

    The pathetic idiots on IGN.

    1) Hated COD because it was the same every year.
    2) Makes fun of Ghosts graphics.
    3) (Buys Ghosts anyway)
    4) New trailer for Advanced Warfare is revealed, IT IS AMAZING.
    5) They are sitting for hours trying to think of a reason to hate on it and its amazing graphics.
    6) Calls it Titanfall 2, even though this game was being developed for 4 Years.
    7) Says it copies Halo and Crysis, and that is why they won’t buy it -_-.
    8) (Play Ghosts on there master race PC)

    That is the COD haters.

  • BHCMax

    hopefully one of them know how to optimise the pc version at launch, and are able to construct rentable ranked servers.

  • Guest
  • Rorke File

    Because Ghosts failed but Ghosts 2 has to be better .