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SDCC 2016 – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Panel

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SDCC 2016 – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Panel

In a recent press release, video game publisher Activision has announced a panel for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare which will cover the new game’s story mode and will be hosted by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller. All attendee’s will also receive a limited addition poster drawn by artist Matt Taylor. To view the press release in it’s entirety, hit the jump to read on! Read On

BlizzCon 2015 – Activision Blizzard Launches Activision Blizzard Studios

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BlizzCon 2015 – Activision Blizzard Launches Activision Blizzard Studios

Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, a new film and television studio devoted to creating original content based on the company’s extensive library of iconic and globally-recognized intellectual properties. Activision Blizzard’s owned content includes some of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world, including Call of Duty®, Skylanders®, Diablo®, Hearthstone® and StarCraft®. Former Disney executive Nick van Dyk has been tapped to co-head the division, along with a senior creative executive who will be announced soon.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Reveal Trailer

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Reveal Trailer

Just when you thought Advanced Warfare was set far enough in the future, Treyarch uses the new Black Ops 3 reveal trailer to show that they don’t think Call of Duty has gone far enough. In the trailer, Treyarch is looking to shake things up in a more significant way by going far and beyond the previous entry’s EXO suits.

One of the more notable changes is the trans-human aspect of the soldiers. In a few shots it can be seen that characters can now have augmented physical abilities such as robotic arms that can transform into weapons, augmentations to strength and speed, and the ability to mentally hack enemy drones.

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Op-Ed: Say What You Mean, Activision!

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Op-Ed: Say What You Mean, Activision!

I was a nerdy kid in high school.  My three main activities were: debate, academic challenge, and gaming.  Debate I found incredibly challenging and intriguing.  Spinning facts, remaining purposefully vague, or completely lying  in order to gain a trophy at the end of a busy Saturday was always a blast.  Just like anything in politics or public relations, spin is king, and communicating a coherent vision for the future of your company (or political party) is paramount to your public image and the interest of your consumers.

In the past few months, there have been some major publishers who haven’t been able to communicate their plans for the future very eloquently, causing many WTF? moments among the gaming population.  From Activision’s Call of Duty Elite details, to Nintendo’s Wii-U, there have been plenty of missed opportunities by publishers to excite their core audiences and to announce a clear vision for the future.  The easiest way to solve this would be for these publishers to say what they mean.  Conversely, it would serve the gaming community well to not get caught up in the giant hype machine that these companies create.  Activision: you’re first on my list.

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Toy Fair 2011: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures

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Toy Fair 2011: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures

Activision featured one of their upcoming games Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures in the 2011 Toy Fair.

While at the Toy Fair I was able to see the game played and check out how it all works. Spryo’s world is in danger, so he and his friends have to go explore mysterious lands to battle evil creatures and, of course, save their world. Gameplay includes both puzzle solving and fighting; it predictably starts out quite simple and gets  progressively more complex.

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Guitar Hero is Dead

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Guitar Hero is Dead

Bad news for all you Guitar Hero fans out there. Activision has announced that the popular game will not return.

This is also very bad news for about 500 of Activision’s employees, who lost their jobs today because of the decision.

Says Activison, “Due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing’s Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011.”  The company also stated that the high cost of licensing the music and producing the game contributed to the decision to end the franchise.

In a related note, Activision also announced they are discontinuing the development of True Crime: Hong Kong.

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Diablo III Not Scheduled to Release in 2011

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Diablo III Not Scheduled to Release in 2011

Blizzard contacted Game Informer to “let them know” that Blizzard has not officially released a statement saying that they have set Diablo III as 2011 release.  In other words, it’s a no go, at least not this year.  Activision did announce in their fourth quarter conference call that they were not intending on releasing a game in 2011, but this pretty much confirms it.

Has Diablo III been too long in the making?

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