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Infinity Ward to Merge with Neversoft

In a leaked internal memo obtained by Giant Bomb, it seems that Activision will be combining Infinity Ward and Neversoft to form one “super studio”.

This should not come as too much of a surprise to many, as the two studios recently worked together on Call of Duty: Ghosts, where Neversoft developed the “Extinction Mode” for the game. In the recent memo distributed by Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, the collaboration was such a success that the two studios have been set to merge:

"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."

The new studio looks to be headed by David Stohl, with Infinity Ward’s current leader Steven Ackrich remaining with the studio. At Neversoft however, both studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease had retired. Hirshberg hopes the retirement will not remain permanent:

"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."

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