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Posted by Konanda

That headline is terrible. Really axes?

Posted by Wrighteous86

Activision says, "No more Heroes".

Posted by MechaDestroyer

That sucks about True Crime.  But, then again, the series was notoriously rough around the edges despite being made with good intentions (Streets of LA was a clunky mess of genres while New York was glitchy beyond all belief).  Maybe Hong Kong would have continued that trend but maybe it could have turned the series around.  We'll never know. 
 
I worry about Call of Duty now, but then I remember we still have Battlefield 3 on the horizon and Bad Company 2 going strong so I don't worry.

Posted by keoskey

@JuggaloAcidman said:

"Is it just me or does Activision make some really awful games? Why Blizzard got in bed with Activision is beyond me... COD is there only quality product... And even then... Black Ops... Not my favorite that's for sure. "


Both activision and blizzard are working togeather b/c they both like the idea of making there users pay extra ontop on the 60 to 100 $$$ they pay to get there games.

Posted by sins_of_mosin

Eh, that True Crime seemed alright.

 

CoD is stale and boring.  They need to stop with the linear path and actually let players have some fun.

Edited by Gonmog

i love the line about them not expecting a profit from Blizzards next 2 games for this year...I love blizzard they have so much power that even Activison cant tell them to make a game come out sooner. I am a proud Blizzard Fan! :D

Posted by MadExponent

Activision makes bad decisions.  Also, wtf...no Bungie game or Diablo 2 in 2011?  These games really don't take this long.  Especially Blizzard....wizeak.
Posted by Hughes

With the direction the Tony Hawk games have been going in, this is probably a good thing. 
 
Also, I noticed something:  
Guitar Hero, published by Activision, gets the axe. It's biggest competitor? Rock Band, co-published by EA. 
Tony Hawk series, also getting the axe. Biggest competitor (and frankly better games as of late), Skate. Published by EA.  
Respawn Entertainment forming after the whole thing with Activision's cherished CoD franchise? Yeah, EA Partners. 

Posted by GristleMcThornbody

I like how Kotick isn't afraid to use the word "super-charge" in his description. 

Posted by FlipperDesert
@Donos said:
"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. "
Wait, that's what that's meant to be for? I was trying to cram my TV cable in there to see if I could get a signal.
Posted by IncredibleBulk92

Jesus, didn't think they'd be killing off Guitar Hero any time soon.  They've been over milking it for years but to actually get to the point where there's not even a point in making these games in about 5 years is crazy, I though Guitar Hero and Rock band would be the new Mario vs... well not Sonic.

Posted by haggis

It's a bit of a mess, but I can't be upset about Guitar Hero, which seems to be getting the most ink in the mainstream press. It was nice for awhile, but they didn't change up the formula enough to keep it moving forward. It deserved to be axed, shredded, and unplugged.

Posted by Terranova
@xAbleAssassinx said:

" @Terranova said:   

"TC-Hong kong was looking on track to being a fun enough game.. such a shame Activision has the licence for it as it would be nice to see it released under a different publisher maybe even take -Two."
This would be nice but it's unlikely Take Two will want to invest in another open world game, on top of Mafia 2 and GTA, without guaranteed sales. Although I'd rather see them put out a new True Crime than another Mafia title. "
 Yeah that's true,  can't really think of another publisher that would invest  if it were offered other than maybe THQ they do have the saint's row series so another open world style game might be ok with them.  
Posted by apoloimagod

Looks like Activision is relying heavily on the COD franchise. Not a good idea from a business standpoint. The next couple of years don't look so good for Activision, it will all depend on the success of this new COD subscription experiment.

Posted by LOZZAT

Awww :( I was looking forward to that new True Crime game, how can they cancel it after all the previews and videos? A bunch of new screenshots were just released really recently. I hate Activision -.- They have NO good franchises now, and even if you do still like COD or whatever, they're going to run their last remaining franchises into the ground! If they cancel everything that's creative or fresh, who the hell's going to buy their games for much longer?

Posted by Heartagram

Not that I'm surprised...but saddened by the DJ Hero News. Was really the only exciting rhythm game out there to me. Even Rock Band 3 was mostly more of the same. Meh 

Edited by Lepuke
@NMC2008 said:

" @Lepuke:  What did they win exactly? Layoffs and hard times? "

Well I suppose what I mean is, on the bright side Harmonix is still operating and producing content. (Which I  purchase and enjoy fairly regularly)
They were recently able to pull off the ability purchase their studio back and are independently owned by themselves now.
At least they still have a fighting chance which is more than people who worked for Neversoft and Red Octane can say...
 
Edit: Well crap, I was in the Rock Band forums and just discovered HMX just laid some people off recently as well, but my above statement is still true.
Posted by xAbleAssassinx
@Terranova said:   
"TC-Hong kong was looking on track to being a fun enough game.. such a shame Activision has the licence for it as it would be nice to see it released under a different publisher maybe even take -Two."
This would be nice but it's unlikely Take Two will want to invest in another open world game, on top of Mafia 2 and GTA, without guaranteed sales. Although I'd rather see them put out a new True Crime than another Mafia title.
Posted by DukeTogo
@rebgav said:
" I can't imagine that Activision is planning a subscription-based COD. Console gamers in general don't tend to go for online-only games in large numbers and a huge portion of COD's audience is too young to own a credit card."
I think you're being a little naive about kids with credit cards, they get their folks to do it for them.  Subscriptions for something like CoD have been discussed before, and it actually makes sense considering the sheer number of people playing them.  Going for a package deal of something like $5 a month for a map every odd month and a weapon or perk every even month.
Posted by WilliamHenry

Activision is an anomaly to me. You would think a company that makes as much as it does off of its popular franchises would be more willing to put out less profitable/mainstream games because they could easily recoup whatever losses those games would have. It confuses and scares me a bit that they only want to focus on their popular franchises. I guess I can understand that they don't want to lose money at all, but surely they have to realize that they can't rely on COD forever right?

Posted by TOYBOXX

It's clear that Activision is relying solely on the console market to make the most money through the Call of Duty franchise, which isn't good. My fear is that they'll run the series to the ground, as they did with the Guitar Hero franchise, by over saturating the market with too many COD games.   

Posted by JuggaloAcidman

Is it just me or does Activision make some really awful games? Why Blizzard got in bed with Activision is beyond me... COD is there only quality product... And even then... Black Ops... Not my favorite that's for sure.

Posted by KillerFly

It'd be so great if music games all took a few years off so they could come back when people can actually be excited for one again.

Posted by Delicious_Brains

Ah shit, I was looking forward to a new True Crime. But hey, pumping more resources into that popular shit heap of a franchise, why not.

Posted by buft
@BradNicholson:  cool!!!! I love that they canned diversity in lieu of creating a system to make us pay more for their biggest franchises. 
Posted by XenoZak

blizzard is in a bad position.. funding the activision fail train

Posted by ThePantheon

No new DJ Hero makes me a sad panda.
 
At least give us more DJ Hero 2 DLC.. i'm eating that stuff up!!!

Posted by EpsilonSE

Honestly this sounds like justifiable business decisions with poor business strategy. The strategy is, "We are going to stream line our development to give you more of the same stuff you love, and rid ourselves of the same, old, bland stuff you don't. It's win-win!" What they fail to realize is the keyword SAME. One day, COD and WOW will be bland and not exciting to the market. Their approach seems to be resistant to innovation until the franchise dies, and under their current strategy it will cost them every franchise they own, eventually.

Posted by blaakmawf

Seems like a bunch of sound business decisions.

Posted by Greenlight13

I kind of liked the first True Crime and had high hopes for the new one, so it kind of sucks they're just canning it for the sake of Call of Duty. On the other hand music games needed to die pretty much the moment they started churning out artist-dedicated ones to flood the market. 
 
Also... a Family Guy game?!

Posted by zaglis
@DrPockets000 said:
" Fuck, I was looking forward to True Crime. "
The same here.
Posted by Terranova
@theplatypus said:
" I really feel for the United Front Games guys... Can you imagine what it must feel to work your ass on a project for years and suddenly be asked to throw it all away for the sake of Call of Duty? Not getting your chance to show what you can do when the Robomodo guys got it twice? Really sad news... "
Have to agree, the game was pretty much done all the content was there and was in a fully playable state just needed polishing and optimising, Whilst the True crime games were not the best in the world they were decent enough, i had fun with them and TC-Hong kong was looking on track to being a fun enough game.. such a shame Activision has the licence for it as it would be nice to see it released under a different publisher maybe even take -Two.   
Posted by Azteck

What's this, more CoD? I never would've guessed!!

Posted by Tordah

Doesn't surprise me that much. I do wonder how smart it is to invest almost everything into COD, though. That golden goose won't run forever.

Posted by BounceDK

lmfao CoD dedicated studio. CoD is as generic and boring as a shooter can get.

Posted by Maajin

I really feel for the United Front Games guys... Can you imagine what it must feel to work your ass on a project for years and suddenly be asked to throw it all away for the sake of Call of Duty? Not getting your chance to show what you can do when the Robomodo guys got it twice? Really sad news...

Posted by RagingLion
@megalowho said:
" 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. "
I think this sums up the situation best.
Posted by jakob187

From some of the things I had read, it seemed like Activision isn't killing the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises, but they are merely taking a break on those until 2012 or after. 
 
Nonetheless, Activision and their milking ways are just bullshit.  They need a new original IP that they will SUPPORT instead of just leaving on the wayside *cough* BLUR *cough*.

Posted by flufflogic

That's a pretty clear statement that what they have repeatedly denied is true: they plan to make their Call of Duty series independent of XBL and PSN, and charge for multiplayer access. He states clearly it is a platform, offering a suite of services. That to me sounds like "pay a WoW-like subscription, we don't charge for map packs or multiplayer access any more".

Posted by kidman

They better make another DJ Hero game - one of my fav series, GODDAMNIT!

Posted by Zaxex

Thank god they cancelled those games and franchises so they can focus on Call of Duty which is all I ever want, I don't at all feel like those games are all Call of Duty 4 or that Activision is going to flood the market with them until kill that franchise too.  
 
Oh, and I respect anyone who can cancel several franchises, try to justify that, and then go on to announce half a dozen movie/TV games.  
 
Done with Call of Duty; Kodick doesn't want the masses getting any variety or originality.

Posted by TheDudeOfGaming

God damn true crime sucks.

Posted by DrPockets000

Fuck, I was looking forward to True Crime.

Posted by robot4me

GOOD RIDANCE TO CRAP GAMES. Now they need to stop making c o d every year and I might think they like gamers.

Posted by Example1013
@sate2801: There are a bunch of ways you could interpret it. For instance, he could be talking about subscriptions. 
 
Then again, this could be some sort of online integration. Maybe even social networking. Something similar to the Speedwall, or possibly something even more comprehensive (integrated website similar to rockband.com or steam). 
 
The subscription thing could be a bit different as well, even if it were to be implemented. For instance, they might start putting out, say, quarterly map packs, and you buy a subscription that pays it off either before or during release automatically, so that you can just hop online and download the pack. Sort of like pre-ordering, but for DLC. 
 
Hell, they could even be talking about some sort of integrated, in-game (or out-of-game) toolset for map-making (similar to SCII), or possibly straight-up modding (similar to DA:O). I'd be all for a comprehensive SDK because it'd allow for a wider range of gameplay (more realistic damage and shooting, or more arcadey, a wider selection, brand new textures and levels, and possibly even game modes, etc.) 
 
This could also involve DRM or anti-cheat, one of which would probably be well-received at this point. 
 
Activision may also be thinking about some sort of online-only CoD, perhaps with an even more robust and fully-featured multiplayer than the current sytem (some sort of "global" thing would be interesting). 
 
We'll have to wait and see. Perhaps it's none of these. Maybe it is just straight-up pay-to-play with no extra value. Who knows. 
 
Oh, and how is activision the number one publisher? 
 
Because Blizzard.
Posted by Hailinel

Show of hands, who among us, for all the crap we're slinging at Activision for becoming what amounts to "Call of Duty-R-Us," will still be buying the next Call of Duty game when it comes out?  I've never had interest in playing a Call of Duty game, and now I have less interest in Activision products in general, given that any releases I might have had interested in are no longer coming.

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Posted by RsistncE

Without CoD or Blizzard, Activision would tank overnight. Look at the shitacular games they have lined up. A Family Guy game? Is this real life?. On top of that they cancel True Crime: Hong Kong, arguably the only good game in their entire stable of releases. I now herald thee, Craptivision.

Posted by Eribuster

I really wanted to play True Crime. I should have expected this since it has been so long since we heard anything about it.

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