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Tony Hawk Developer Neversoft Go Out In Style

Published July 12, 2014 by |

A closure of a studio, especially with as rich a history as Neversoft, is never a happy time. At least the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero developers are going out in style by burning their iconic eyeball. They posted the bold image on their Twitter with the message ‘Tonight we ride!’

While this may be the end of the studio as a separate entity, the studio talent merged with Call of Duty veterans Infinity Ward back in May this year. Neversoft were the developer behind the Extinction mode featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts so the two teams are already well acquainted.

Here’s our little homage to Neversoft:

The team was founded in 1994 but it wasn’t until 1999 when they really put themselves on the map with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Its combination of  tricks, interactive environments and insane highscores made them, and Tony Hawk, into household names among gamers.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD_screen
They continued with eight sequels until Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground in 2007.

After skateboarding the studio took on development of plastic instrument strumming Guitar Hero from Harmonix. Spawning numerous sequels including Band Hero, Guitar Hero Metallica and the most recently Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock in 2010. While the rhythm game genre eventually faded out, no doubt in part to over-saturation, they provided many hours of entertainment of rock star action for many gamers — for that we thank them.

Guitar Hero WOR_screen

We’d like to wish the best to all the staff going forward and we look forward to what their future with Infinity Ward brings.