Activision Teases Marvel-Themed Reveal From Transformers Dev At Comic Con

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players

High Moon Studios and Activision have a Marvel-themed game in the works, set for a reval this weekend.

Marvel’s big name superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor could well be set to star in a new comic-themed game from Activision, with the publisher teasing a new announcement for San Diego Comic Con 2012 at the end of the week.

The Marvel video Games panel will include more on Gazillion’s Marvel MMO, Ubisoft’s Avengers game and “an announcement from Activision and High Moon Studios that is sure to be a hit!” according to a schedule posted by Activision blogger Dan Amrich.

High Moon Studios recently revealed it’s intention to launch Transformers: Fall of Cybertron earlier than planned.

Black Ops 2: Declassified Developer Could Be Activision Leeds – Report

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Xbox

Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified hasn’t had an official developer announcement, but it could be Activision Leeds, according to a new interview.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is heading to PS Vita at some point this year, and gamers have been speculating over what studio is developing the title – But it could well be Activision Leeds.

In a VideoGamer interview, Andy Payne - chairman of trade body UKIE – explained the studio’s role within the Call of Duty franchise.

Payne explained, “Activision are like a machine. I have to be careful what I say about these guys because I know them so well and they’ll cane me.”

“But Activision are a machine. They’re very good, and you know what, what people don’t realise with Activision is, the two studios working on the Call of Duty franchise are collaborative studios. That’s unheard of. All the assets are reusable, so they’re not wasting time.”

“Those assets are also going to be starting to be used by the mobile team, which is going to be based in Leeds.”

Payne also explained that Activision leeds would be developing “all handheld versions, iOS versions of Call of Duty”, which suggests the studio may have a hand in Black Ops: Declassified.

We’ve asked Activision for comment.


Call Of Duty Devs Planned ‘Halo Beater’, Took It To EA – Activision

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players

Activision alleges that Infinity Ward’s former bosses planned a science-fiction shooter to rival Halo and is now developing the idea at Respawn Entertainment.

Activision alleges that the idea for Respawn Entertainment’s yet-to-be-announced debut game is a new sci-fi shooter IP to rival Halo – an idea dreamt up by Vince Zampella and Jason West while still at Infinity Ward.

The AP revealed the claim in a report on Activision’s settlement with EA yesterday.

“Activision has sought access to details about Respawn’s work for Electronic Arts on a new game that has not been revealed,” reads the story.

“Activision claimed the pair had discussed creating a science-fiction shooter intended to challenge the “Halo” franchise, but instead of delivering that game gave it to Redwood City-based Electronic Arts.”

It’s not clear what action Activision would take if it felt Respawn’s game was similar in concept to discussions at Infinity Ward.

Respawn Entertainment has remained silent on the theme for its first title, but it has confirmed the game will be based on a new IP. Speculation has hinted at Respawn’s game having sci-fi elements – something seemingly qualified by EA Games president Frank Gibeau last year when he described it as a “sci-fi shooter.”

Respawn has said it will skip E3, but a leaked EA marketing schedule has suggested that Respawn’s game will launch during fiscal 2013 – or before March next year.

With Crysis 3 now revealed for early 2013, if Respawn’s game is a sci-fi FPS the chances of it launching before March 2013 appear to be slim.

Respawn released a first cryptic teaser image (above) for its game a over a year ago.

More on Respawn Entertainment:

  • EA Hints At Fiscal 2013 Release For Respawn FPS
  • Respawn Entertainment Posts First Behind-The-Scenes Image


Call Of Duty 9: Flying Drone Video Teases Future-Set Black Ops 2

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players

The Call of Duty site links to a video of a flying gun platform ahead of an expected Black Ops 2 reveal next week.

Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 set in the future? A new hint from the Call of Duty website suggests it is, linking to a YouTube video (below) from explosive show FPS Russian.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is expected to be revealed on Tuesday next week as Treyarch’s 2012 CoD title – but, unlike its predecessor, it could be set in the near-future and feature offensive unmanned flying drones.

The video’s host says: “Technology in this baby isn’t going to be out there for at least another decade,” describing the drone in his demonstration as “truly a weapon of the future.”

He also lets slip that his sources say it will be in the next Call of Duty game, as well as acknowledging Activision as the video’s sponsors.

Check out the video below, for your first glimpse at the potential technology headed to the next Call of Duty game:

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Is CoD 9 – Rumour

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players

Modern Warfare 3 will be followed by a return to the cold war in Black Ops 2, if an listing is accurate.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been listed on the french portal for Amazon, sparking further speculation over Call of Duty 9.

Call of Duty 2012 is widely expected to be a Treyarch project, which last made CoD: Black Ops, which launched in 2010.

The listing is still cached on google – but doesn’t feature any details other than the name. We’ve included a picture below.

Is this the next Call of Duty? Will you be happy to step back into the shoes of Black Ops’ covert soldiers? Have your say in our comments section, below.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: PS3 DLC Maps Liberation And Piazza Dated

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, PS3, Xbox

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MW3 DLC maps headed to PS3 via CoD Elite this month.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 gets its first DLC content for PS3 on 28 February.

Activision has announced the start of the nine-month content season for MW3 on PS3 after the Liberation and Piazza maps dropped for Xbox 360 (via CoD Elite) at the end of January.

Liberation and Piazza will now be available for all Call of Duty Elite subscribers from 28 February, in line with Activision’s Xbox Live exclusivity agreement.

MW3 DLC: ‘No Further Information’ On PS3, PC Release Dates – Activision

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Microsoft, PS3, Xbox

Modern Warfare 3 DLC release dates for PS3, PC up in the air.

Modern Warfare 3’s first DLC has been dated for 24 January – but so far only for Call of Duty Elite members on Xbox 360.

Release dates for PS3, PC have yet to be revealed – when we asked  Activision for more details it told us it currently had “no further information”.

Microsoft has a long association of exclusivity periods with Activision for Call of Duty DLC, but with paying Call of Duty Elite customers expecting early access to content on Xbox 360 and PS3, some may feel that Activision hasn’t lived up to previous promises – if the DLC launches earlier on Xbox Live.

Exclusivity has traditionally lasted on Xbox Live for a month for past DLC packs.

MW3 DLC: First Screens Of Park, Overwatch, Morningwood, Italy Maps

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS, PS3, Xbox

Activision releases first official image of Park map, while, other MW3 DLC screens head online.

Modern Warfare 3’s first DLC pack will arrive on 24 January as announced by Activision via Call of Duty Elite yesterday, but now the very first image of new map ‘Park’ has been revealed, showing a Central Park-style location.

The MW3 map doesn’t look too dissimilar to Battlefield 3’s Operation Metro map, which combined the landscape of a Parisian park with urban sections.

Mean while an MW3 fansite has also sourced what appear to be static screens for the other rumoured maps Overwatch, Morningwood and Italy.

The Modrn Warfare 3 DLC map names were thought to have leaked last month.

The first MW3 DLC will hit Xbox 360 – Activision told us yesterday it currently has no details on DLC releases for other platforms.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Beats Avatar To $1 Billion

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players

MW3 generates $1 billion in little over two weeks.

Modern Warfare 3 passed the $1 billion sales mark after 16 days, Activision has revealed – one day quicker than James Cameron’s record-breaking Avatar made $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

“Engagement of our Call of Duty audience continues to rise around the world” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “Call of Duty as an entertainment franchise has made an indelible mark on popular culture and its broad and continued success is further validation that audiences increasingly value interactive experiences over passive experiences.”

MW3 launched on 8 November worldwide and made over three-quarters of that billion dollars at launch, according to an earlier Activision announcement.

Modern Warfare 3’s run at the top of the UK chart was ended by Skyrim today.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – ‘No Impact On WoW’ – Divnich

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS

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Star Wars: The Old Republic will have no impact on World of Warcraft’s success, but Blizzard has its own problems to worry about, says analyst Jesse Divnich.

Star Wars: The Old Republic isn’t far away, but it is unlikely to cause a dent in World of Warcraft’s success after launch. Any dip in subscriber figures is likely down to WoW’s own problems, and not BioWare’s MMO, according to EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich.

Divnich explained, “I don’t believe the potential success of Star Wars is a detriment to World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft has its own internal battles to contend with, such as their declining subscription based, which has nothing to do with Star Wars and more to do with the natural cycle of MMOs.”

Divnich also stated that while many are likely to assume that Star Wars: The Old Republic will affect WoW in a big way, that they should maybe think twice.

“I don’t believe Star Wars will have a material impact on WoW, but given that we are approaching the downslope of the WoW cycle, it is likely many will attribute Star Wars: The Old Republic for the downfall of WoW, which of course is wrong.”

Recently, Activision’s Bobby Kotick stated that he failed to see Star Wars: The Old Republic making a profit. Divnich shed some like on Kotick’s opinion.

“Bobby has some great points, all of which are valid, but I don’t think he is giving EA enough credit on Star Wars: The Old Republic. The MMO category is a $5 billion business, and WoW only receives a fraction of that, which is about $900 million annually.”

“This is a big sand box my friends, big enough for both Activision and EA to play in.”

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