New Tony Hawk, Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and More Announced at In-Game Ad Conference

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Edited By Jeff  Staff
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MTV's got a lot of high-powered details on Activision Blizzard's 2009 lineup. The info comes out of a showcase put on by Massive Inc., Microsoft's in-game ad firm. The show is, essentially, games being presented to potential advertisers. Guitar Hero 5, a new Tony Hawk game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and a new racing-focused James Bond game from Bizarre Creations were all mentioned.

Here's the awesome kicker from MTV's Patrick Klepek:

At the meeting, Activision Blizzard showcased new games that would make sense for in-game ads, including the vaguely titled “Guitar Hero 5,” which included a screen shot of gameplay with a Burger King ad to the right of the note highway.

Yeesh. This is, clearly, the right way to debut a new sequel. With a fat ad next to it. You'd think that Activision would release some sort of information to the press at the same time, if only to potentially avoid having product placement be the first thing people hear about your next big sequel.

The quote out of the event on the new Tony Hawk game is "you’re not going to be playing this game with a controller in your hands." This lends credence to all the skateboard peripheral rumors that have come up over the last few months. The developer of the new Tony Hawk wasn't mentioned, but I heard awhile back that it was being done by a company called Robomodo, which is a Chicago-based studio filled with ex-EA Chicago and ex-Midway people. Robomodo has since announced that it is working on a popular Activision franchise, but hasn't said which one. This tenth Tony Hawk game will be out in October on 360, PS3, Wii, and DS.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 shouldn't be too big of a surprise, but it certainly dials down all the sci-fi and Civil War rumors that have been surrounding Infinity Ward. That was given a fall release date.

The Bond-based driving game will be done by Bizarre Creations, which Activision picked up relatively recently. It'll be out in September and won't be tied to a movie. Does anyone remember how much mess Activision talked about the Bond games that EA made when it first picked up the license? So far we've had one lackluster first-person shooter and now they're taking a second crack at 007 Racing? Weird.

Be sure to check out MTV's story for more details.
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#1  Edited By Jeff  Staff
The face of rock.
The face of rock.
MTV's got a lot of high-powered details on Activision Blizzard's 2009 lineup. The info comes out of a showcase put on by Massive Inc., Microsoft's in-game ad firm. The show is, essentially, games being presented to potential advertisers. Guitar Hero 5, a new Tony Hawk game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and a new racing-focused James Bond game from Bizarre Creations were all mentioned.

Here's the awesome kicker from MTV's Patrick Klepek:

At the meeting, Activision Blizzard showcased new games that would make sense for in-game ads, including the vaguely titled “Guitar Hero 5,” which included a screen shot of gameplay with a Burger King ad to the right of the note highway.

Yeesh. This is, clearly, the right way to debut a new sequel. With a fat ad next to it. You'd think that Activision would release some sort of information to the press at the same time, if only to potentially avoid having product placement be the first thing people hear about your next big sequel.

The quote out of the event on the new Tony Hawk game is "you’re not going to be playing this game with a controller in your hands." This lends credence to all the skateboard peripheral rumors that have come up over the last few months. The developer of the new Tony Hawk wasn't mentioned, but I heard awhile back that it was being done by a company called Robomodo, which is a Chicago-based studio filled with ex-EA Chicago and ex-Midway people. Robomodo has since announced that it is working on a popular Activision franchise, but hasn't said which one. This tenth Tony Hawk game will be out in October on 360, PS3, Wii, and DS.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 shouldn't be too big of a surprise, but it certainly dials down all the sci-fi and Civil War rumors that have been surrounding Infinity Ward. That was given a fall release date.

The Bond-based driving game will be done by Bizarre Creations, which Activision picked up relatively recently. It'll be out in September and won't be tied to a movie. Does anyone remember how much mess Activision talked about the Bond games that EA made when it first picked up the license? So far we've had one lackluster first-person shooter and now they're taking a second crack at 007 Racing? Weird.

Be sure to check out MTV's story for more details.
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People are going to get fucking hurt with this skateboard peripheral. 

Also, didn't you call the separation, Jeff, a few months back, between the Call of Duty and Modern Warfare franchises?  A brilliant man, this Gerstmann is. 

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#3  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

Nothing particularly surprising there. The new bond racing game wasn't something I was expecting, but it doesn't seem weird on that list either.

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#4  Edited By Endogene

I was just about to report those pages to a wiki mod for deltions since they appeared unconfirmed...

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#5  Edited By samcotts

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2... Fuck yes!

:D
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#6  Edited By VitaminWaterYum

The secret twist is that Treyarch will be developing CoD MW2

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#7  Edited By spiceninja

They go from COD4 to CODMW2? That's confusing and it better be a work in progress title.

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#8  Edited By MordeaniisChaos

CoD: MW 2 next fall? Hmm, I hope they have been working on it since the first game, that would be dissapointing otherwise.

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#9  Edited By sdauz

call of duty MW 2 - in a sci fi universe would totally suck....all the grittyness of CoD4 would be lost and  a civil war game.....that would suck even more - a game where it takes 4 minutes to reload lol??

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#10  Edited By bwooduhs

007 Racing. So vehicular combat?

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#11  Edited By toowalrus

I actually think Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a great title for the game.

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#12  Edited By Arkthemaniac
PlasmaBeam44 said:
"They go from COD4 to CODMA2? That's confusing and it better be a work in progress title."
What the hell is CODMA?
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#13  Edited By IncredibleBulk92

That's really pretty fucking bad that they felt that GH5 needed to have ads in the announcement screenshot.  They hire people to look at those things so this can't have just been an "oh shit there's an ad in the background" thing.  I've accepted that GH is going to have ads in every iteration now so the news doesn't suprise me but surely they could at least give us some details before they start shoving the advertising in our faces.  Weird


I'm actually kinda hoping that the next CoD game will be slightly futuristic.  Maybe borrow some of the guns that Ghost Recon uses.  Still another Infinity Ward quality game will be awesome after World At War
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#14  Edited By Mattalorian

Exciting stuff, although Modern Warfare 2 has me particularly intrigued.

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#15  Edited By dsplayer1010

Am I the only one who isn't bothered by ads? Honestly, I think being able to play as the King would be kinda funny.

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#16  Edited By RawShark

"you’re not going to be playing this game with a controller in your hands."

I thought BMX XXX wasn't the way to go with extreme sports games?

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#17  Edited By Shinedown220

and there goes any excitement I had for the next Infinity Ward, Call of Duty.

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#18  Edited By SgtReznor

the ads don't really bother me in the slightest

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#19  Edited By TheGreatGuero

Well, I was totally looking forward to the news on the upcoming Tony Hawk. Now that I've read it doesn't use a controller and it might not even be made by Neversoft, I'm just going to lower my head in shame and cry a little.

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#20  Edited By TomA

Yay the REAL CoD 5!!!!!!!!!!!!Or should i say CoD 4!!!Burn Treyarch!!!!!!

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#21  Edited By dsplayer1010
RawShark said:
""you’re not going to be playing this game with a controller in your hands."

I thought BMX XXX wasn't the way to go with extreme sports games?"
Heh
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#22  Edited By Gameboi

I can't see any reason to support ads, until advertisers can truly show me what value it brings to games. As of now,  I view them as annoyances, much like commercials and those things that run across the front of  some web pages, begging you to click on them.

Are we getting discounted or free content? Are game prices going down?

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Will my Tony Hawk peripheral work with mah Guitar Hero 5: Whopper Rock?

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#24  Edited By hughesie27

To SDAUZ:
Just because it would be a civil war game doesn't mean it will be set hundreds of years in the past where Muskets were used as guns.
Civil War means a war occurring between people from the same country. Such as the ciivil war in Baghdad today. So in theory it could be a game between say Scotland and England for example. Or even Democrats v Republicans in the states.

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#25  Edited By Scooper

COD:MW2 is what I'm excited for. It seems Infinity Ward is really desperate to shake off Treyarch in that 2 Modern Warfare games would work but another WW2 shooter after 2 modern day sequals just wouldn't look good.

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#26  Edited By meteora

Hell yes, bring on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Though the name is going to take some time to get used to. I've never referred COD4 to its subtitle modern warfare.

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#27  Edited By majnuker

Sweet, can't wait for the next COD.

Go Infinity Ward! You know how to make the game PERFECTLY!

But honestly, none of the other games excite me.

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#28  Edited By HandsomeDead

A skateboard peripheral will be the worst thing to happen to the Tony Hawk games. It would be like replacing the pad in Tekken with a punchbag and expecting the player to hit it for a more immersive experience.

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#29  Edited By SleepyDoughnut

burger king + games= disgusting and blehhh

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#30  Edited By Manks

Excited for the next COD.  I wanna hear more about the next Guitar Hero to see if it's worth the purchase.  

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#31  Edited By CreamyGoodness

cod mw 2 FUCK YEA!!!!!!!!!! i have took a pass on 5.... so far

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#32  Edited By Methdragon

guitar hero NO, rock band is the way to go i mean look they even put ads in the announcement tht game sucks and is just completely copying rock band anyway but its still not as good...LOSERS

COD:MW2 yes finaly a real sequel to COD4 instead of a lame WW2 mod (Treyarch SUCKS)
Tony Hawk...psh never liked skating games and this wont make me
and i think that the bond racing game sounds like it could be mildly entertaining or a complete disaster, we'll see
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#33  Edited By dietmango

Hell yeah bro Cod: MW2 is gonna rock!!!!

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#34  Edited By neoepoch

I really didn't see ANY of this coming, did anyone else?

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#35  Edited By giyanks22

Is there anything coming out from the Blizzard side of Activison, or does that include the Starcraft Wings of Liberty Game???

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#36  Edited By kraznor

Looks like Activision really is becoming the new EA. And by "New EA", I mean the evil EA from a few years ago that bought up all kinds of licenses and relentlessly whored them out until everyone was sick of them, in this case Guitar Hero (especially) and James Bond. Gross.

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#37  Edited By AndrewB

Can't wait to see the in-game ads for Starcraft 2. Kerrigan is going to be pissed.

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#38  Edited By MKHavoc

I'm glad they dropped the 4 out of Call of Duty.  It'd confuse people if the game was called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2.  The idea of not holding a controller for Tony Hawk sounds stupid.

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#39  Edited By CreamyGoodness

CALL OF DUTY BOi !!!!!!!!!!  

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#40  Edited By ocdog45

yeah modern warfare 2 already game of the year. hope it doesn't have gears of war syndrome, where its garbage the 2nd time around. i dont see that happening though.

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#41  Edited By BestUsernameEver
sdauz said:
"call of duty MW 2 - in a sci fi universe would totally suck....all the grittyness of CoD4 would be lost and  a civil war game.....that would suck even more - a game where it takes 4 minutes to reload lol??"
Who says you can't make Sci-fi gritty? That would be a new concept, and if someone did it right, it could be the best game of all time.
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#42  Edited By zoozilla

"Who says you can't make Sci-fi gritty? That would be a new concept, and if someone did it right, it could be the best game of all time."

Completely agree - I mean, just look at Aliens.  Or Road Warrior.

You know what?  A Road Warrior game would be jokes.  So jokes.

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#43  Edited By killawogg

im really ok with advertising but when it gets that intrusive it starts to get annoying. why doesnt activision take some time with some of their franchises and make then better than they are now...i love the rythem games alot and i have alot invested in them and even im getting over saturated with them.........but GH-metallica will be sweet lol

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#44  Edited By Monty344

I bet if they do another WWII Call of duty it would be called World at War 2

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#45  Edited By GioVANNI

Modern ftw.

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#46  Edited By daniel_beck_90

Call of Duty  : Modern Warfare 2 is coming  this  fall  ? For real ? I can not believe my eyes ? who knew ? lol :P

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#47  Edited By TwoOneFive

so theyre calling the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare two, instead of Call of Duty 5?

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#48  Edited By ThePhenomenal1

call of duty 6: modern warfare 2

exciting

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#49  Edited By elbow

They've become worse than EA... at least EA only does this for their sports games...

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#50  Edited By TomA

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I think PlasmaBeam44 meant CODMW2 or Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

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