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Infinity Ward and NeverSoft To Merge Studio’s

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Whilst the news is hotting up over this years Call of Duty instalment – Advanced Warfare, there has been a major change to affect Call of Duty: Ghosts developers Infinity Ward and NeverSoft who joined forces to create Ghosts. It has been discovered that Activision are merging the two studios into one solid Infinity Ward, and the NeverSoft name will not be incorporated in anyway despite Infinity Never having quite a nice ring to it! It’s not happening, nor is Infinity Soft!

Here’s some snippets of an Activision Internal Memo as acquired by GiantBomb:

“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.”

Relating to NeverSoft:

“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.”

Dave Stohl, currently the executive VP of worldwide studios for Activision, has been assigned to lead this new studio whilst The current studio head, Steve Ackrich, will take on another leadership role. However, over at NeverSoft, both studio head Joel Jewett and studio director Scott Pease, will retire later this year having been part of the studio for twenty years!

There was no word about how the merger would affect the development of their next Call of Duty and it’s official title.

Call of Duty: Ghosts – Rumoured Again – YES Again!

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The Call of Duty Ghost game rumour has been doing the rounds for more time than you might actually care to realise. We were first told of this news waaaaaaaay back in the early days of 2011 when we were informed (reliably) that Sledgehammer Games were working on a title that would bring back ‘Ghost’ from the dead. Our website CMS has changed within that time and we can only link you to proof through 1UP

The game at that time would be based on events surrounding the Ghost squad Task Force 141 inbetween the events of the original Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 from Infinity ward. We were also told that flashback sequences would be present to see the Modern Warfare story from a whole different point of view – led by Ghost – the character from Modern Warfare 2 who sadly died, such a loss… or did he? Careful watching of that moment you will spot that you are led to believe Ghost is covered in petrol, but only one of the two shot victims in the Modern Warfare 2 scene are doused?

It has been factually confirmed, somewhere far and distant, but it’s out there that Sledgehammer cancelled the game project they were working on to later move onto Modern Warfare 3 with Infinity Ward at the instruction of Activision. It is claimed Call of Duty: Ghosts features dynamic loading screens (such as rappelling from a helicopter or breaking a window to enter an area) and has destructive environments in single-player (these may be implemented in multiplayer later) – and additionally detailing that Spec-Ops has been replaced. Now that Modern Warfare 3 is already ancient history, but still greatly loved online – maybe, this ‘Ghost’ game has been reinstated, tweaked and modernised for a release later this year on next-gen platforms.

Or maybe not?

Until Activision make their official announcements usually around May time we can only speculate on what exciting changes lie ahead for the Call of Duty franchise to make it bigger and more dominant in the first-person-shooter genre.

It’s also worth taking into account that the apparent ‘source’ of this leak – a youtube guy who’s details and video we spotted on IGN, could have fabricated this rumour based on the ending of a fan-made trailer that gave the impression it was related to the next Call of Duty reveal – that video stated “and the GHOSTS will rise”.

Seems a little coincidental…

Via IGN

NeverSoft Dev’s Working on Call of Duty Title

Neversoft Entertainment, founded in 1994 is best known for their line of Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk skateboarding games. The company was acquired by Activision late 1999 – and now for some peculiar reason they have been handed the development of a new Call of Duty title by Activison! WTF! So what’s going on? Continue reading NeverSoft Dev’s Working on Call of Duty Title