Tony Hawk dev marks final day as Infinity Ward merger completes

Neversoft employees perform ceremonial logo burning

Activision-owned Tony Hawk studio Neversoft officially merged with Infinity Ward on Thursday, and employees marked the transition by ceremonially burning an effigy of its distinctive 'eyeball' logo.

According to employees on Twitter, studio lead Jole Jewett - who is set to retire - gifted staff custom knives on their final day as Neversoft.

Neversoft studio director Scott Pease will retire along with Jewett.

Neversoft was founded in 1994 and created the successful Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, developing instalments until 2007. It's also been responsible for multiple Guitar Hero games and Western shooter Gun.

Activision announced the Neversoft-Infinity Ward merger in May, claiming that it had idetified the opportunity to create a single 'super-studio'.

The studios most recently collaborated on Call of Duty: Ghosts, with Neversoft developing the 'Extinction' mode in that installment.

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."