Yeah, the X-Men game they are talking about is the Silicon Knights one
Activision Axes Franchises, Reveals Studios In Earnings Call
I'm at least glad to see that they are axing some franchises over studios/people working there. Agreed with others, between MW1 & 2 as well as Black Ops, if they do anything wierd with the multiplayer/subscription/etc for that franchise I'm more than happy with playing those 3 as they are all solid enough games that are fun to play.
It's quite possible that Activision will just make so many Call of Duty games that absolutely everyone will dislike it, but it's good to see they haven't bothered with another Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk game. Also, separate CoD subscription, the idea makes me rage unless they release all map packs for free.
" It's quite possible that Activision will just make so many Call of Duty games that absolutely everyone will dislike it, but it's good to see they haven't bothered with another Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk game. Also, separate CoD subscription, the idea makes me rage unless they release all map packs for free. "You know they won't.
Blops is a massive technical failure on the PS3 and PC, many can't even load the game, but what gives with those sales numbers. Never touching a Treyarch game with my money for the rest of my life until there's a full staff reboot with them, but I will buy this year's CoD..
..What's that? BF3? Made by my homies at Digital Illusions? It has anti-cheat? PC focus-platform so the PC won't get an utterly fecal port with textures that begin to look alright on 720p from 8ft away and no working anti-cheat and worse netcode than 1996's Quake 1? No more Activison for me.
This is why Activision's board needs to can that idiot Kotick before things get any worse. Guitar Hero had a whole lot of long-term potential had they stuck to annual or preferably bi-annual installments. Instead of a slower burn, releasing a new game every two years, revamped peripherals every four, and supporting the latest iteration with a steady supply of DLC and riding that steady revenue stream into perpetuity, they milked Guitar Hero for everything it was worth, releasing installment after installment each with revamped peripherals and abandoning the majority of the older DLC, and just watched it sink from blockbuster status to losing money in just two short years. Did Kotick learn from this colossal blunder? Nope, he kills the franchise, and turns around and creates ANOTHER Call of Duty studio! So we have Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer, and now Beachhead... here's a tip, Bobby, two dedicated studios was too many. He's going to sink the entire CoD franchise and the modern shooter genre with it, just like he did with the music genre. I'm calling it now... Black Ops is Call of Duty's Superman III. Treyarch can slip a derivative, bug-ridden dud through once, but they won't get away with it next time.
I think the lesson learned from Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero was not to put out an insane amount of them each year and not to have one studio making one a year. They've got 3 real deal studios making COD games and they have yet to do more than one a year. Three years is a long time to make and polish a title. I know it's cool to hate Acti but giving talented devs 3 years to make a game doesn't really sound as terrible and horrific as people make it out to be.
" He's going to sink the entire CoD franchise and the modern shooter genre with it, just like he did with the music genre. "I think you're confusing Activision with EA, who is putting out like 20 FPS games in the first half of the year alone.
Wait, there is gonna be a second Family Guy game? Didn't the first one become a disappointment that featured a bunch of mediocre gameplay elements that culminated with some half-ass jokes from the series? They're betting on this than they are a new True Crime (that's almost done) Okay, whatever.
Good, now Activision just has to put out a bunch of high-quality new IPs and suffer a massive financial beating, and EA can retake its evil empire pants.
Also: " and bring online experiences and console play together for the first time." Oh good, now I can use the ethernet cable that's been sticking out of my xbox for the last 4 years.
We could joke all day about how many golden egg laying geese Activision has strangled to death, but the fact of the matter is: this is what the games industry is like at the top level these days. Your either hitting them out of the park, or your getting cut from the team. The biggest publisher needs to make the biggest games that make the biggest profits. By the time the general public looses interest in the CoD franchise, Activision will have Bungie's game in the wake. It may seem like they're just a CoD and movie game publisher for now; but in the next few months, I can almost guaranty you we'll here news of them picking up a rising developer and/or IP and the cycle can begin anew.
I did not think it was possible, but it seems like Activision's portfolio is becoming even more bland and unexciting than ever before. No one will fault them for giving Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk a rest, but the fact that those two franchises are in the gutter to begin with is the direct result of poor decisions by management over the years.
It's a real shame to see such a huge company with so much developer talent on its payroll commit so fully to eliminating risk taking and creative decision making across the board.
For the record, Patcher called that Call of Duty thing like 2 years ago. Well, i guess we're not 100% what Activision is planning, but it sounds close enough to what he predicted.
I can't wait to hear all the upcoming podcasts in the next 2 weeks. This should make for some extremely interesting discussion.
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