Activision on its “appetite for risk”

By: Eddie Makuch Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has responded to claims that the company is relying too heavily on first-person shooter games, namely the Call of Duty series and Bungie’s upcoming Destiny . Speaking with CVG , Hirshberg said the company’s portfolio is diversified, referencing the Skylanders series as an example. He pointed out that the franchise did not exist 18 months ago and … Continue reading Activision on its “appetite for risk”

Activision defends yearly Call of Duty releases

By: Eddie Makuch Activision has spoken out to defend the yearly release cycle for its popular Call of Duty series. Speaking with Eurogamer, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said one gamer per year is on par with player’s demands. “The cadence of the releases seems to have found a nice equilibrium with people’s appetite,” Hirshberg said. “There’s demand and excitement each and every time out. … Continue reading Activision defends yearly Call of Duty releases

Infinity Ward developing for Valve-backed Piston PC?

By:  Eddie Makuch Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward may be developing for the Valve-backed Piston mini-PC from Xi3. The developer has posted an image of what appears to be an Infinity Ward-branded Piston to its Facebook pagealong with a caption that simply reads “game development.” Infinity Ward posted a similar image to its Twitter account, writing “What’s this?” An Activision representative was not immediately available to comment. Xi3 … Continue reading Infinity Ward developing for Valve-backed Piston PC?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season Pass Includes Nuketown Zombies

By:Spencer Pressly   (@torchwood4sp) With the recent release of Black Ops 2 this week, Activision announced that the bonus Zombie Nuketown map will no longer be exclusive to collector editions. Not to be confused with the Nuketown 2025 map included with pre orders, this is a brand new map that lets you hold your own for as long as you can. Now if you purchase the season … Continue reading Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season Pass Includes Nuketown Zombies

Hurricane Sandy impacting Guitar Hero, Call of Duty games

By: Eddie Makuch Storm-related power outages at Activision’s New York-based data centers impacting online play for all Guitar Hero games, numerous Call of Duty titles. Hurricane Sandy ripped through the northeast United States this week, laying waste to Atlantic City’s famed boardwalk, toppling a New York City construction crane, and knocking out power for millions. The storm is also impacting online functionality for all Guitar … Continue reading Hurricane Sandy impacting Guitar Hero, Call of Duty games

Microsoft among potential buyers for Activision Blizzard – Report

By: Eddie Makuch Could Halo and Call of Duty one day be made under the same roof?Reuters reports that Vivendi has enlisted the help of a bank to speak with potential buyers for Activision Blizzard, and the list includes Microsoft, Time Warner, Tencent, and a group of private equity firms. “It’s nothing official yet, but they’ve asked a bank to go and talk to possible … Continue reading Microsoft among potential buyers for Activision Blizzard – Report

Activision Blizzard for sale?

By: Brendan Sinclair LOS ANGELES–The industry’s largest third-party publisher might be for sale. According to a Bloomberg report, senior executives of Activision Blizzard parent Vivendi are meeting later this month to determine whether they want to sell the telecom giant’s majority stake in the game developer. Citing "people with knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg reports that the Vivendi executive meeting is scheduled for June 22, … Continue reading Activision Blizzard for sale?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Officially Announced

By: Darryl Kaye   (@DarrylGU) Following on from yesterday’s leak, Activision has now officially announced the new game in the Call of Duty franchise; Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Although details are currently quite scarce, Activision will be pushing things a bit further with Black Ops 2. It will be set during a Cold War again, but this time the Cold War will be in … Continue reading Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Officially Announced