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Infinity Ward set to absorb Neversoft to create “super-studio”

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Infinity Ward and Neversoft worked closely during the development of Call of Duty: Ghosts. “Through that process, it became clear that the two studios have very complementary skill sets,” Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg wrote in an internal memo obtained by Giant Bomb. “Between these two excellent studios, it seemed like a single 'super-studio' could emerge."

That’s what Activision have decided to do, merge the two studios, retiring the Neversoft name.

In its 20 years Neversoft helmed the Tony Hawks series and took over control of the Guitar Hero franchise. Since Tony Hawks, it seems Activision started to use the studio to take over projects that their other studios needed help with, Guitar Hero from Harmonix and Call of Duty from Infinity Ward.

"As already mentioned, we are merging these two very talented teams and obviously had to choose a name for the combined studio,” continues Hirshberg. “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."

With the studios merging, Joel Jewett and Scott Pease, studio head and studio director respectively, will be retiring, despite having been with Neversoft for more than 20 years.

Infinity Ward, now significantly larger, will continue mass producing Call of Duty games, alongside Sledgehammer, and Treyarch. You can see latest from Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in this trailer featuring Kevin Spacey.

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didn't infinity ward leave and create titanfall?

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Vince Zampella and Jason West, two of key folk at Infinity Ward, left after the release of Modern Warfare 2 but the studio itself remained open for business.

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They were fired after supposedly "conspiring with EA" to raid Infinity Ward.

Since West and Zampella immediately nestled in with EA after leaving Activision, Activision probably had reason to get rid of them.

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or after they were pushed they went to EA knowing EA would take them since they made the main game competing against BF.

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My guess is Titanfall was a pet project of theirs that Activision was not interested in, and they shopped it around, which breached their contract with Activision.

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if that had been the case Activision would ahve the same claim Zenimax is making over the Rift.

it is most likely they rubbed the wrong way with Acti so Acti used that as an excuse to get rid of them and them knowing they made the biggest rival game to EA's that EA would happily take them in if they could bring that section of the market over to them.

out side of Acti there is only really MS and EA with a similar capability to Acti for chucking money at a project, so it is most likely they went with the lesser of two evils as with EA they do get to sell to a larger market as if they went direct to MS it would ahve been Xbox exclusive. but then titanfall only isn't on the PS as EA said the PS4 would sell no where near as well as the X1, there is already talk of the future games being all formats.

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A bunch of key employees left as well. You can tell by the quality of the last two IW CoD games.

Anyway, Neversoft has been mediocre for years. Adding a bunch of mediocre talent to an already mediocre studio isn't going to increase product quality. Ghosts was atrocious.

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Pretty sure they quit because they felt they did not recieve enough loyalties for the popularity and sucess of Call of Duty.

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Actually, it's "royalties."

In 2003 Infinity Ward became 100% owned by Activision. If West and Zampella were entitled to royalties, it was up to them to negotiate that percentage in their contracts with Activision. They are entitled to nothing more than that. I think I'm underpaid at work, but I don't go in on the weekend and steal computers.

West and Zampella couldn't shut the fuck up about this after they were fired, while Activision took the typical corporate stance of staying quiet and letting their lawyers deal with it. My impression of these two guys is they had it coming. I think Activision had every right to fire them. They come across as arrogant, entitled little shits who think they can get away with anything. Maybe I would be more sympathetic if their claim to fame wwas not Call of Duty.

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