Activision Buys Rights To Crazy Bones Games

February 19, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo

GoGo's Crazy Bones have been immensely popular with young children

Activision have apparently snapped up the rights to make games based on GoGo’s Crazy Bones toys in the hope that it will be able to rival the Pokémon games.

Crazy Bones are very popular amongst young children (apparently this is the case in America also) and so Activision would be hoping that any video-games based on the toy franchise would be able to replicate the popularity, and so provide competition for the all-conquering Pokémon.

Personally, I thought the Crazy Bones craze had died down (I collected them myself many years ago) but Activision is not one to invest in something that isn’t going to make them money. I’m not sure that it will rival the insane popularity of the Pokémon games, but it could potentially come close.

X10 News: First Modern Warfare 2 DLC Hits Xbox 360 First, Maybe in Spring

February 11, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Xbox

Microsoft has reiterated that that the first piece of Modern Warfare 2 DLC will come to Xbox 360 first.

The earlier rumour was confirmed at X10, the resurrected Xbox expo, with the news that the 360 will have a 30 day head start over all other systems. The rumour that the release date will be 1 March has not been confirmed, with Activision delivering a “no comment” on that.

The worrying thing is that there’s another rumour that says the DLC will only include two maps, which is pretty poor if you ask me. This exclusivity trend is also worrying, as a lot of gamers are going to miss out on new content for a whole month (although it’s not as bad as the GTA IV DLC 360 timed exclusives that have only just been announced for PS3).

So it’s pretty much rumour central here right now, but we’ll be posting more solid info as it comes in.

And the Best Selling Xbox 360 Game of 2009 is…

January 14, 2010 by Thomas Mulrooney  
Filed under News, Xbox

Well, take a wild guess?

ELSPA has confirmed that, yes you guessed it; Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was the best selling Xbox 360 game during 2009 in the UK. It has also won the prize of all-formats and PS3 best seller of the year, so it has pretty much covered all bases.

On top of that the game is said to have grossed over $1 billion worth of sales throughout the world, which is staggering considering the game only came out in November. Whatver you may think about Activision, they damn well know how to hype a game.

Here’s the full 360 top five best selling games:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  2. FIFA 10
  3. Forza Motorsport 3
  4. Assassin’s Creed II
  5. Halo 3: ODST

Call of Duty 7 Release Date “Confirmed” as November 2010

January 7, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

The next game in the Call Of Duty series is being developed by Treyarch and is expected to be set in Vietnam

The next game in the Call Of Duty series is being developed by Treyarch and is expected to be set in Vietnam

CVG today “confirmed” that Call of Duty 7 will be released in November 2010. They also “confirmed” the rumour that the game will be set during the Vietnam war.

CVG acquired this information from a “senior UK trade source”, who confirmed that the Call of Duty series will continue the trend of releasing a game every holiday season.

It had long been rumoured that Treyarch would follow in the footsteps of Infinity Ward in taking the departure from the exhausted World War 2 setting, and the most obvious step to take would be to go to the controversial Vietnam War fought in the 1960’s.

The game is said to take influence from classic movies such as “Apocalypse Now” and “Platoon”. Activision has yet to make a comment on this.

Activision CEO makes $20 million

November 13, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Bobby Kotick

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick recently exercised 2 million stock options that had vested in 2000, making him over $20 million. The recent successful release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has seen Activision exceed analyst expectations, with a resulting higher stock price.

No wonder he’s smiling.

Daily Star Outs “Video-Game Pervs”

October 14, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

MW2

The paper that boldly claims it’s simply the best 7 days a week has this week found another avenue down which to attack that which they do not understand in their story entitled “Goggles on for a Pervy Night Out…”

In this piece they say

GEEKY computer game fans are set to become an army of ogling pervs thanks to a giveaway of night-vision goggles with an edition of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Apparently the proof that “joypad junkies are rubbing their hands in anticipation at stealth dogging” are based on quotes from gaming forums which have lead to the Prestige Edition of the game being dubbed Modern Warfare 2: Peeping Tom Edition! (by the paper only as far as my research shows)

They also inform us that “HMVs entire stock of this £170 edition has already been snapped up by gaming nuts”

As well as the release of Modern Warfare 2, I personally cannot wait for the release of Newspaper Editor: Irony-Free edition which is due to be released around the same time.

Modern Warfare 2 is released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 10 and is available for pre-order at all good retailers and dimly lit car-parks.

Activision didn’t want Modern Warfare

October 6, 2009 by Ivan Cronyn  
Filed under News, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Modern Warfare 2

Infinity Ward boss Vince Zampella has revealed that Activision didn’t want Modern Warfare, and didn’t want the developer working on a console game. In an interview with Official Playstation magazine, Zampella said:

With Call of Duty 2, we were dead set against it being World War 2, but Activision really wanted it, the compromise sort of being that we’d get some dev kits for consoles in exchange for doing a World War 2 game. We always wanted to be on consoles and Activision saw us as more of a PC developer.

And something I’ll add to that, Activision also did not want Modern Warfare. They thought working on a modern game was risky and, ‘oh my god you can’t do that, it’s crazy!’ They were doing market research to show us we were wrong the whole time.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare went on to sell over 14 million copies. Modern Warfare 2 is due for world-wide release on 10 November 2009.

Modern Warfare 2 achievements announced

October 5, 2009 by Daniel Gillespie  
Filed under News

Modern Warfare 2

There has been a flood of leaked information being released recently about upcoming blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and the latest news is the game’s achievements.

There are 50 different achievements totaling the standard 1000 gamerpoints, and are as follows:

  • Back in the Saddle (15 pts) – Help train the local militia.
  • Danger Close (15 pts) – Get hand picked for Shepherd’s elite squad.
  • Cold Shoulder (15 pts) – Infiltrate the snowy mountain side base.
  • Tag ‘em and Bag ‘em (15 pts) – Find Rojas in the Favelas.
  • Royale with Cheese (15 pts) – Defend Burger Town.
  • Soap on a Rope (15 pts) – Storm the gulag.
  • Desperate Times (15 pts) – Execute the plan to help the Americans.
  • Whiskey Hotel (15 pts) – Take back Whiskey Hotel.
  • The Pawn (15 pts) – Assault Makarov’s safe house.
  • Out of the Frying Pan… (15 pts) – Complete the mission in the airplane graveyard.
  • For the Record (35 pts) – Complete the Single Player campaign on any difficulty.
  • The Price of War (90 pts) – Complete the single player campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty.
  • First Day of School (25 pts) – Complete ‘S.S.D.D’ and ‘Team Player’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Black Diamond (25 pts) – Complete ‘Cliffhanger’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Turistas (25 pts) – Complete ‘Takedown’ and ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Red Dawn (25 pts) – Complete ‘Wolverines’ and ‘Exodus’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Prisoner #627 (25 pts) – Complete ‘The Only Easy Day… Was Yesterday’ and ‘The Gulag’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Ends Justify the Means (25 pts) – Complete ‘Contingency’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Homecoming (25 pts) – Complete ‘Of Their Own Accord’, ‘Second Sun’, and ‘Whiskey Hotel’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Queen takes Rook (25 pts) – Complete ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘The Enemy of My Enemy’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Off the Grid (25 pts) – Complete ‘Just Like Old Times’ on Veteran difficulty.
  • Pit Boss (10 pts) – Run The Pit in ‘S.S.D.D’ and finish with a final time under 30 seconds.
  • Ghost (10 pts) – Plant the C4 in ‘Cliffhanger’ without alerting or injuring anyone in the blizzard.
  • Colonel Sanderson (10 pts) – Kill 7 chickens in under 10 seconds in ‘The Hornet’s Nest.’
  • Gold Star (20 pts) – Earn 1 star in Special Ops.
  • Hotel Bravo (20 pts) – Earn 4 stars in Special Ops.
  • Charlie on Our Six (20 pts) – Earn 8 stars in Special Ops.
  • It Goes to Eleven (20 pts) – Earn at least 1 star in 11 different Special Op missions.
  • Operational Asset (20 pts) – Earn all 3 stars in at least 5 different Special Op missions.
  • Blackjack (20 pts) - Earn 21 stars in Special Ops.
  • Honor Roll (20 pts) – Earn at least 1 star in each Special Op mission.
  • Blur Crashes out of 2009

    September 21, 2009 by Rob Knight  
    Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

    Blur3

    Briatore nowhere to be seen

    Making good on CEO Michael Griffith’s promise that “Blur will do for racing games what Call of Duty did for shooters” Activision have today announced that Blur will be diverted past the heavily congested November games traffic onto an as yet unspecified 2010 release saying

    “We are committed to making Blur a great new racing franchise, and we are very encouraged by the game’s design,” stated Mike Griffith, President and CEO, Activision Publishing. “The additional time will allow the studio to fully optimize the vision they set out to create for Blur including a distinctive and groundbreaking multiplayer mode that will appeal to a broad audience.”

    This is the latest in a long line of games moved back from late 2009 to 2010 (including the much-anticipated Bioshock 2), most of which have been ducking away terrified of the upcoming behemoth that is Activision’s own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 which seems to be sniping all that stand in the way of its’ 10th November 09 release.

    Activision Say Love Signed the Rights to Cobain Herself

    September 12, 2009 by Andy Giff  
    Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

    Nirvana story

    In a statement issued by Activision to Kotaku, they claimed that they had all the appropriate rights to use Kurt Cobain as a playable character in Guitar Hero 5.
    This is what the statement said:

    “Guitar Hero secured the necessary licensing rights from the Cobain estate in a written agreement signed by Courtney Love to use Kurt Cobain’s likeness as a fully playable character in Guitar Hero 5.”

    Just a couple of days ago Courtney Love was seemingly fuming about Cobain being used in the game, threatening to “sue the s**t out of Activision”.

    Given Courtney Love’s history I am obliged to believe Activision. I can’t really see that they would have used his likeness without any permission at all. I wouldn’t put it past her just doing it for some attention…

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