Activision Confirms Sequels to Popular Franchises

Activision Confirms Sequels to Popular Franchises

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Activision has confirmed what we already knew: More new sequels to some of its most popular franchises can be expected in 2008.

Following yesterday's announcement of record-setting financial results, Activision said it would be releasing three new entries in the Guitar Hero franchise in 2008, with two scheduled to ship in the publisher's first quarter (beginning April 1) and the third due before the end of the year. A report on GamesIndustry said the company would be "pushing the franchise harder in Europe" as well, following Guitar Hero 3 supply problems for the region. "We are making progress [in Europe] on the inventory front, on getting local content," Activision CEO Robert Kotick said. "We are definitely a year behind in Europe versus what we did in North America."

A new Call of Duty title is also on the way this fiscal, and following the phenomenal success of the recent Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which was the best-selling game worldwide in 2007 with over seven million units sold, Activision said it will expand the game's release to include the Wii and PlayStation 2, along with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Whether the new game will remain in the present-day setting of Call of Duty 4 or revert to the World War 2 era has not been revealed.

Strong competition from EA's Skate release will lead to a major overhaul for the Tony Hawk brand, with innovation promised in the wake of consumer research, while the company takes advantage of its Marvel licenses with new Spider-Man and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance releases. Movie-based games for fiscal 2009 will include tie-ins to the new Jack Black film Kung-Fu Panda and the sequel to Madagascar.

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EA Syndrome anyone?

Sounds like... what's this about +3 Guitar Hero games this year? Surely, they're all just going to be spinoffs and not worth anyone's time, right? There's no way we're going to get GH4 this year, let alone 5 and 6.

Siiiiiiiiiiiigh.....

Tony Hawks is still going?? Bejaysus

Now we just wait for Activision to start calling itself Electronic Activision and the transferal of policy will be complete. I mean, Christ, you don't have to immediately capitalize on success, sometimes gamers like to be able to digest a game before you ram the latest in its line down their collective throats. This really feels like the games industry is getting a going over with the Hollywood treatment, something that's going to fuck the industry over in the long run. Taking your time with a game and making it, oh, I don't know, actually fucking good, is something that will undoubtedly make you more money in the long run than putting out an unintuitive hunk of shit every six months. But of course, with EA being such a leader in the games industry, developers are going to be loathe to break away from their shining example and do something themselves. Say hello to your future.

This piece of news is genuinely exciting!
Come on Acty, you'll soon go to Dice and confess how you were naughty business brats in the past. :D
Please soften my heart.

Fenixius:
Sounds like... what's this about +3 Guitar Hero games this year? Surely, they're all just going to be spinoffs and not worth anyone's time, right? There's no way we're going to get GH4 this year, let alone 5 and 6.

Don't get too jumpy, both GH2 and GH3 hit for the platforms in the same year. Casual Games spawn like rabbits.

TheNecroswanson:

Fenixius:
Sounds like... what's this about +3 Guitar Hero games this year? Surely, they're all just going to be spinoffs and not worth anyone's time, right? There's no way we're going to get GH4 this year, let alone 5 and 6.

Don't get too jumpy, both GH2 and GH3 hit for the platforms in the same year. Casual Games spawn like rabbits.

Also, didn't GH and GH2 come out a year apart?

I dunno when the original GH came out, alls I know is we got a minimum of two this year. Which is never a good sign.

 

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