Activision - News

November2012

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Earned $500 Million in 24 Hours

    But Activision keeps sales numbers secret

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 earned a cool $500 million in 24 hours, publisher Activision has announced. The estimated figure is considerably higher than the previous records held by both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the first Call of Duty: Black Ops. However, the company failed to share actual sales...

  • Rumour Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Was Developed in Five Months

    Urgh

    People have been pretty harsh on developer Nihilistic Software, but it turns out that the studio may have actually worked miracles in order to release Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified at all. According to reliable online super sleuth Supererogatory, the PlayStation Vita exclusive shooter was developed in just five months – which explains...

  • News Black Ops 2 Sold One Million Copies in 24 Hours at GameStop

    Boom

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold an outrageous 1 million copies in 24 hours at US retailer GameStop. Company president Tony Bartel revealed the number to Bloomberg Businessweek, adding that it was the outlet’s largest launch of all time. Amazon echoed the executive’s comments, noting that the first-person shooter was the most pre-ordered...

  • News Black Ops 2 Sold 10,000 Copies in Five Minutes at Blockbuster UK

    Kerching

    Call of Duty is still in fashion, then. Blockbuster UK’s commercial director Gerry Butler has revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 sold a dizzying 10,000 copies in just five minutes across the retail chain’s 450 British stores. “It was fantastic to see thousands of people turn out at over 450 Blockbuster stores last night and our...

  • News 007 Legends' Skyfall Mission Completes the Game This Week

    Face it all together

    Activision has finally got around to wrapping up 007 Legends’ single-player storyline, announcing that the post-release Skyfall mission is now available from the PlayStation Store. The free download fills in the blanks at the close of crappy campaign, and closely mimics the events from the recently released big-screen...

  • News Black Ops 2's Nuketown 2025 Map Sure Looks Colourful

    Black hole sun

    We remember the original Nuketown map being a bit bland, but tastes in the future are clearly a touch more refined. This brand new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer shows off the updated Nuketown 2025 arena in delicious Technicolor, complete with creepy mannequins and garish wallpaper patterns. Sadly, the stage is restricted to...

October2012

  • Rumour Captain Price Actor Outs Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4

    The future is now

    Call of Duty actor and former Eastenders bad boy Billy Murray has accidentally outed the next entry in Activision’s blockbuster series. The thespian – who has portrayed Captain Price for over five years – said in an interview with This Is Xbox overnight: “Yeah, on Monday I am off to meet Infinity Ward about the next game,...

  • News Activision Splashes Out On Ostentatious Black Ops 2 Commercial

    Burning money

    What happens when you own the most successful video game franchise in the world? You employ Guy Ritchie to direct a ridiculous live-action trailer promoting the series' latest release, of course. This Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 commercial features Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Zach Galfianakis (The Hangover), Kyle Myers (that weapons...

  • News New Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Is the Ultimate Tease

    Blink and you'll miss it

    We’ve tolerated teaser trailers for a while now – but this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 video really takes the biscuit. It’s five seconds long, for goodness' sake. Don’t look at us like that – it’s a slow news day, ok? The game's due out next month. You'll need to pre-order at a participating retailer in order to...

  • News Family Guy Returns to the Multiverse on 20th November

    Our sides are splitting already

    Sometimes a video game comes along that escapes our expertise. Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is one such title. It’s not that we don’t understand the mechanics behind the Activision published third-person adventure. No, the big problem is that we’d rather swim through a landfill in our underwear than watch...

  • News Your Weapons Can Prestige in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    XP out of your ears

    The secret behind Call of Duty’s success is its ability to reward you for everything you do. Even when you’re losing, you always feel like you’re achieving something – and the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 aims to take that to the next level. Not only will you be able to Prestige as a player in the Treyarch...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Deploys Delicious Future Tech

    Back in black

    We don’t care what anyone says: this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer is absolutely fantastic. The short video wastes no time showing off the title’s futuristic technology, with wing suits, remote-controlled spider drones, and plenty more on display. Come on, don’t fight it – you know you’re excited deep down. The game's due...

  • News Activision Equips 007 Legends with Exclusive PS3 Content

    Shaken, not stirred

    Activision’s movie mash-up 007 Legends will boast a couple of exclusive multiplayer characters on PlayStation 3, the publisher has announced. Those of you that purchase the first-person shooter on Sony’s system will be able to play as Skyfall characters Eve (played by the actress Naomie Harris in the movie) and Patrice (Ola...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer to Infiltrate England Qualifier

    Soccer and shooters

    Amidst the tension of England’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Poland this evening, Activision will debut a brand new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer. The video – which will be shown at half-time on ITV1 in the UK – promises a “world premiere” of something new. The publisher noted on Twitter: “Just had a sneaky...

  • News Black Ops Declassified Has Been Built Specifically for Vita

    Quick bursts

    Nihilistic Software’s handheld shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified has been built specifically for the PlayStation Vita, according to company CEO Robert Huebner. Speaking as part of an interview on Activision’s semi-official One of Swords blog, the executive explained that it was never the company’s intention to bring a...

  • News Call of Duty Elite Bins Paywall, Introduces Season Pass Instead

    Up and down

    Activision has decided to remove the paywall from stat-tracking service Call of Duty Elite, making the supplementary service a free option for all Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 players. The catch is that you’ll now need to shell out for a Season Pass if you want access to all of the shooter’s DLC at a discounted price. The subscription...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Deploys with Double XP

    Ready up

    If you belong to the bizarre breed of gamers that just has to be first at everything, then you’re probably going to want to pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Alongside exclusive access to the previously announced Nuketown 2025 map, you’ll also score double XP for all of your endeavours throughout the game’s launch weekend. That’s...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Will Not Feature Zombies

    Not entirely unexpected

    Zombies have become a staple of the Black Ops experience – but upcoming handheld spin-off Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will not feature the popular undead survival mode. Speaking on his blog, Activision community manager Dan Amrich explained that the option was removed so that developer Nihilistic could focus on...

  • News Nihilistic Deploys New Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Details

    Sleight of hand

    Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified may have been trashed at GamesCom earlier this year, but developer Nihilistic Software insists that the shooter’s making good progress. “I think the most noticeable is a significant visual upgrade,” Nihilistic’s Robert Heubner told the

September2012

  • News Activision Resurrects Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Zombies Mode

    Dead good

    After months of dilly-dallying with meaningless teaser trailers, Activision's finally dug up the details on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s zombies component. As expected, the mode will be significantly more ambitious than previous endeavours – boasting new game types for up to eight-players. In addition to the usual Survival option –...

  • News Rovio Flings Live Action Angry Birds Trilogy Trailer Online

    Bigger than ever

    We’re not sure what’s more frustrating: the fact that Angry Birds is big enough to warrant a live action video in the first place, or the saccharine sweet nature of the footage itself. Either way, Rovio has released a brand new trailer for Angry Birds Trilogy which is due out on PlayStation 3 later this week. If you’re...

  • News Sony Wraps Up Exclusive The Amazing Spider-Man DLC

    Tingling sensations

    We sincerely hope you didn’t purchase The Amazing Spider-Man on an alternative platform. Activision has announced that it will be bringing two brand new DLC packs to the recently released movie tie-in, and they’ll be exclusive to the PlayStation 3. The expansions – dubbed the Lizard Rampage Pack and the Oscorp Search &...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Protecting Your PS3 with Install

    Wear and tear

    Harbouring a Call of Duty obsession can be quite a strain on both your social life and your PS3’s disc drive. Thankfully, Treyarch has come up with a solution to the latter, confirming that Black Ops 2 will include an optional install designed to reduce mechanical damage over prolonged multiplayer sessions. The feature will see...

  • News Treyarch Teases Black Ops 2's Zombies Mode... Again

    Get on with it

    It turns out that yesterday’s “thrilling” footage of an old black and white television was just a warm up for today’s more pronounced promotion. Treyarch is gearing up for the reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s zombies mode – but it’s certainly taking its time. This brand new video focuses on a rickety old bus that...

  • News Grainy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Teases Zombies Mode

    Hunting for brains

    If you consider watching a 43-second video of an old black and white television a responsible use of your time, then you’ll probably get a kick out of this Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 teaser. It’s clearly hinting at the imminent announcement of the game’s zombies mode, which developer Treyarch has been coy about ever since the...

  • News Treyarch Infiltrates Eurogamer Expo with Black Ops 2

    In the firing line

    Organisers of the Eurogamer Expo have confirmed that Treyarch will present a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer session at the event on Friday, 28th September at 15:00PM. The panel – sneakily dubbed “Challenging Assumptions” – will be anchored by game design director David Vonderhaar, and will presumably touch upon how...

  • News Activision Points Its Goldfinger At 007 Legends

    Final flick revealed

    James Bond will once again find himself facing the threat of a deadly laser beam between his thighs this October, when Goldfinger rounds out the roster of nostalgic missions in upcoming PS3 shooter 007 Legends. The memorable movie will be joined by stages based on Moonraker, License to Kill, Die Another Day, On Her Majesty’s...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Trailer Talks Through Tweaks

    War has changed

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may look familiar on the surface, but there are a lot of subtle changes going on behind the scenes. This brand new trailer – narrated by Treyarch’s excitable David Vonderhaar – details the shooter’s class creation system, as well as outlining some of the title’s new weapons. Honestly, we know...

August2012

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Firing into Eurogamer Expo

    Oh my CoD

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the latest title to be added to the already bulging Eurogamer Expo line-up. The title’s multiplayer component will be fully playable at the show, which is set to take place at Earls Court in London between 27th September and 30th September. The blockbuster joins a bevy of other playable gems, including...

  • News Take a Closer Look at CoD: Black Ops 2's Care Package

    So much stuff

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s recently announced Care Package limited edition is so big that it takes two people to pick it up. The bundle comes brimming with content, including a working Quadcopter and more. If you’d like to know what's in the box, watch Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia proudly reveal everything in the trailer below...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Limited Editions Are Excessive

    Awesome, though

    Activision’s decided to give the bulging Borderlands 2: Ultimate Loot Edition a real run for its money. It’s announced a couple of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 special editions, both of which are brimming with in-game content and goodies. The 'Hardened Edition' features the game, a steelbook case, soundtrack, challenge coins and...

  • Rumour Crash Bandicoot Could be Spinning into PS All-Stars

    Loose proof

    Crash Bandicoot may seem like an obvious addition to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, but the character’s complicated ownership has cast doubt over his inclusion. Despite being considered the platform’s mascot in the PSone days, third-party publisher Activision actually owns the rights to the wacky protagonist. That’s a...

  • News Zombies Shuffling into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Nuketown

    There goes the neighbourhood

    Call of Duty: Black Ops’ idyllic Nuketown map is set to be overrun by zombies in the shooter’s upcoming sequel. Developer Treyarch Tweeted the embedded image to the right, teasing the undead’s imminent arrival. It’s unclear whether the zombies will be reserved to those who obtain the Nuketown 2025 map via...

  • Reaction Criterion's Setting an Example to All Vita Developers

    Doing it properly

    Criterion’s enthusiasm is infectious. “We’re going to make the best racing game on Vita this year,” an excitable Alex Ward told IGN last week. And judging from the reaction to Need for Speed: Most Wanted's first showing, it’s going to take some beating. Unlike the vast majority of other developers, the Guildford-based...

  • News Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Trailer Is Delightfully Dramatic

    Why throw away your life so recklessly?

    If you haven’t played the demo for Activision’s upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, you should probably rectify that. We were big fans of previous outing War for Cybertron, but this takes everything to the next level. It marries the nostalgia of its predecessor with a much more compelling gameplay...

  • News 007 Legends Opts to Die Another Day

    License to kill

    Two more classic flicks have been added to 007 Legends’ nostalgic roster. Missions based on both Die Another Day and A License to Kill will be featured in the upcoming Eurocom shooter. Toby Stephens and Carey Lowell will reprise their respective roles. In addition to the announcement, publisher Activision released the brand new...

  • News First Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Trailer Fires Online

    Burning skies

    Sony pulled a cheeky move during its GamesCom 2012 press conference earlier today, temporarily glossing over Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified before closing the show with an explosive debut trailer. Developed by Nihilistic Software – the studio behind Resistance: Burning Skies – the shooter promises to bridge the gap between...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Ditches Kill Streaks

    Read all about it

    Developer Treyarch has already proven that it’s not afraid to deviate from the established Call of Duty rulebook. The studio made a big splash out of its decision to incorporate branching plot points and sandbox missions into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s single-player campaign – and it’s making similarly radical changes to...

  • News Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Grinds onto PSN on 28th August

    Learn to fly

    As promised, Activision has revealed that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will kickflip onto the PlayStation Network on 28th August in North America. We’re crossing everything that the European release isn’t too far behind. The game mashes up classic stages from the original two Tony Hawk titles. It launched on Xbox Live Arcade last...

  • News Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD PS3 Details Incoming Next Week

    Announcement of an announcement

    Looks like Microsoft’s exclusivity deal with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD has finally come to an end. Activision has announced that fresh details about the re-make will be revealed next week, and will be particularly exciting to players “of the Sony persuasion”. To accompany the tease, Activision also

  • News 007 Legends Scoops Nostalgic Pre-Order Bonuses

    Live and let buy

    Activision has revealed the handful of pre-order bonuses set to accompany 007 Legends onto store shelves later this year. Register your interest in the throwback shooter at Amazon and you’ll net the Nemesis Pack, which will augment your game’s multiplayer component with playable villains Jaws and Baron Samedi. Meanwhile,...

  • News Activision Talks Up Call of Duty Vita Ahead of Full Reveal

    True experience

    Sony may be struggling to secure third-party content for the PlayStation Vita, but the platform holder still has Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified to boast about. While the handheld spin-off is currently shrouded in mystery, publisher Activision has promised to share more details about the title at GamesCom – and it has insisted...

  • News You Should Probably Watch This Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Trailer

    Back to the future

    Haters may want to divert their attention elsewhere, because we’re about to say something positive about Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The publisher’s released the very first footage of the near-future shooter’s multiplayer component – and it actually looks really good. Freed from the shackles of the...

  • News Next Modern Warfare 3 Content Drop Scheduled

    Elite only

    We’re still struggling to wrap our collective heads around Activision’s baffling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 DLC schedule, but at least we can confirm that the next batch of content for Elite subscribers is due out on PS3 on 16th August. The content drop includes a handful of new multiplayer goodies, including maps set on a...

July2012

  • News Robomodo: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Sales Merit Full Game

    Thinking big

    Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is not out on PlayStation 3 just yet, but it’s already proved extremely popular on other platforms. To date the downloadable throwback has ollied onto over 120,000 hard drives, and that number’s likely to double when it finally arrives on Sony’s system. It’s a figure that developer Robomodo reckons...

  • News Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Demo Rolls Out on 31st July

    One shall stand, one shall fall

    Those of you that dare to sample the delights of Activision’s upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron will be over the High Moon to learn that a demo is heading to the PlayStation Network next week. From 31st July you’ll be able to touch two single-player missions from the full campaign, in addition to a slice...

  • News Skylanders Giants Takes Flight on 19th October

    Bigger and better

    Activision’s next big thing, Skylanders Giants, will swarm onto UK store shelves on 19th October, the publisher has announced. Our local supermarket’s only just moved the last batch of interactive toys to the back of the shop, so we can't wait to be greeted by a fresh group of twee monsters every time we go to buy a loaf of...

  • News Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Pre-Order Bonus Goes Eighties

    You've got the touch

    Picture the scene: it’s 1986 and you’re listening to Madonna’s True Blue on a Sony Walkman. Behind your hair sprayed head is an image of Optimus Prime – the very same character you’ll be able to play as if you pre-order a copy of High Moon Studios' upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron from UK retailer GAME. The...

  • News Daniel Way Penning High Moon's Deadpool Game

    Bringing the big guns

    Current Deadpool comic book author Daniel Way has been confirmed as the writer behind High Moon Studios’ upcoming video game tie-in. Details surrounding the Activision published title are still being kept under wraps, but community manager Dan Amrich reckons fans should dive into Way’s current comic book run in order to...

  • News Robomodo Polishing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD for PS3

    Doing everything it can

    Keen tricksters will have noticed that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD is already available for the Xbox 360. The nostalgia infused skateboarding compilation hit Microsoft’s platform as part of the manufacturer’s popular Summer of Arcade promotion. That means it's guaranteed a window of exclusivity by default – but...

  • News Go Behind the Scenes with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    Behind developer lines

    Treyarch has pulled back the curtain on some of its Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 experiences, including working with Hollywood writers and big name musicians. Predictably, there's high praise a-plenty. Screenwriter David S. Goyer, who worked on Batman Begins and Blade, is involved in writing Black Ops 2's story. Goyer describes...

  • News Try to Understand Call of Duty's Latest Content Drop

    Quantum conundrum

    Soon you’ll be able to earn a diploma in Call of Duty’s unnecessarily complex DLC schedule at your nearest university or college. Activision has decided that its current mesh of timed exclusivity windows and premium subscriptions is simply too complicated for the average gamer to understand. You’ll be able enrol on the course...

  • News Fall of Cybertron's Multiplayer to Debut at Comic-Con

    Rolled out

    You’ll be able to get your first taste of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron’s multiplayer component at Comic-Con this weekend, publisher Activision has announced. It looks set to be a busy show for developer High Moon Studios, who’s also likely to announce its latest title Hit-Monkey. Elsewhere, Activision’s promising to reveal...

  • News New 007 Legends Trailer Departs On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    S'no joke

    Activision has released a brand new trailer for its upcoming Bond bonanza 007 Legends. This time the footage steps into the shoes of George Lazenby, whose one-time portrayal of the British badass saw him travel to the Swiss Alps in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. There’s plenty of action in the footage below, but we’re disappointed...

  • News Meet the Villain from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    Going dark

    Activision has released a brand new trailer introducing the most “insidious villain in Call of Duty history”. It’s not entirely clear why Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s Raul Menendez is such a bad man, but his impressive facial hair suggests that we should probably be afraid. You can catch up with the character in the trailer below...

  • News Angry Birds Trilogy Targets PlayStation 3 This Year

    Fowl flinger

    As previously teased, Activision will be tossing an updated version of Rovio’s popular mobile title Angry Birds onto the PlayStation 3 this year. The Move-enabled re-release – entitled the Angry Birds Trilogy – will collate the original Angry Birds with Angry Birds: Seasons and Angry Birds: Rio. “You can think of the game as...

  • News Trent Reznor Bringing Some Fresh Beats to Black Ops 2

    Like nails on a chalkboard

    If you assumed Call of Duty couldn’t possibly get any more edgy, then you were wrong. Activision has announced that it has snapped up Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor to compose Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s theme song. He will not produce the game’s entire soundtrack, however – that honour will go to Mass...

  • News Hear About Activision's Gross The Walking Dead Swag

    Listen up

    If you’re heading down to this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, you might want to steer clear of Activision’s booth. The publisher is doling out necklaces decorated with human ears to anyone that decides to pre-order Terminal Reality’s upcoming The Walking Dead shooter. Thankfully, the reward will be limited to just 100 attendees, so...

  • News Transformers Developer Working on Marvel's Hit-Monkey

    No, us neither

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron developer High Moon Studios is working on a video game adaptation of Marvel’s Hit-Monkey. If you’re clambering to the franchise’s Wikipedia page right now, rest assured you’re not alone. Apparently the game is based upon the comic book series of the same name, in which a Japanese macaque learns...

  • News The Walking Dead Now Has Two Competing Video Games

    People love zombies

    Activision’s clearly been paying close attention to Telltale’s success with its episodic The Walking Dead series, as it’s just announced a spin-off of its own called the, er, well, The Walking Dead. The Terminal Reality developed first-person shooter will put you in the shoes of Daryl Dixon, and see you travelling to...

  • News Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Drops Sooner Than Expected

    More than meets the eye

    Activision has, well, transformed the release date of High Moon Studios’ upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. The upcoming shooter will now roll out on 21st August in North America and 24th August in Europe. That’s a week earlier than expected. Just in case you missed it, you can check out the title’s latest...

  • News Metroplex Lends a Hand in This Epic Fall of Cybertron Trailer

    Big man

    Fans of robots in disguise will lap up this new Transformers: Fall of Cybertron trailer. It shows Optimus Prime pleading for the help of Metroplex, the living embodiment of Autobot City. As you’d imagine, he’s big. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Megatron. What's that? No, you’re not allowed to summon Trypticon.

  • News Transformers Developer Tackling Marvel Property

    Marvellous

    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron developer High Moon Studios is switching its attention from Optimus Prime to a Marvel property, according to the description of a Comic-Con panel. Details are ridiculously scarce at the moment, but all will be revealed on 14th July. High Moon Studios has done some great work on the Transformers series, so...

  • News Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Grinds Out $5 DLC

    Shove it

    Activision’s upcoming Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will not be a complete celebration of the classic skateboarding series unless you stump up $5 for additional DLC. The publisher has revealed that around a month after release, an expansion pack will implement selected content from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3. It’s unclear what will be...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Officially Returns to Nuketown

    Not the nicest neighbourhood

    Activision has confirmed that an updated version of its popular Nuketown map will be doled out to those that pre-order the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 from participating retailers. “Nuketown was a blast to play before," explained Treyarch head Mark Lamia. “We're excited about the re-imagined Nuketown 2025 in...

June2012

  • News 007 Legends Embarks On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Branched off

    Activision has confirmed that an adaptation of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service will represent the second playable chunk of Eurocom’s upcoming James Bond love-in 007 Legends. The game will feature five classic missions in total, with Moonraker already confirmed. A sixth mission will tie into the upcoming Skyfall, which is set to...

  • News Radical Entertainment Reduced to "Support" Role at Activision

    Staff cuts

    Radical Entertainment is the latest developer to fall foul to Activision’s high expectations. The developer – which recently released the middling Prototype 2 – has been dropped to a support role after a significant reduction in staff. Activision explained that it had explored “various options for the studio, including a...

  • News Nuketown Explodes into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

    Explosive territory

    Chances are if you only know the name of one Call of Duty multiplayer map, it’ll be Nuketown. The popular Call of Duty: Black Ops layout has an immense following, and looks set to make a return appearance in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. According to information obtained from a variety of retail sources, the map will...

  • News The Amazing Spider-Man Gets Acrobatic Launch Trailer

    Sky high

    Activision’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man might look hot in this brand new launch trailer, but we’re more taken with the soundtrack. After years of having our eardrums attacked by shoddy dubstep, a bit of Garbage makes for a refreshing change. The game’s due out this week on PlayStation 3.

  • News Not Even Treyarch Knows Who's Developing Call of Duty Vita

    In the dark

    We still don’t know much about PlayStation Vita spin-off Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified. Other than the brief blurb provided by retail websites last week, the game still remains very much a mystery. It turns out that Treyarch – the developer behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on PS3 – is as much in the dark as we are. When...

  • News Latest Modern Warfare 3 Content Collection Deployed on PS3

    En route

    You need a degree to understand the intricacies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s DLC schedule, but we’ll try to keep things as straightforward as possible: the shooter’s latest Content Collection is now available from the PlayStation Store. The latest deployment bundles a bevy of content, including two Face Off maps, one...

  • News Stan Lee Shows His Moves in New Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

    Geriatric gymnast

    If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to play as Stan Lee in a video game, then you’re about to find out. Activision has released a brand new trailer showcasing the comic book legend swinging through the streets of Manhattan in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man. If you want to play as the OAP, you'll need to pre-order...

  • News Call of Duty Vita Optimised for Portable Play

    Portable ops

    Despite making an appearance during Sony’s E3 press conference, we still don’t know much about Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified for PlayStation Vita. Thankfully a retail listing posted by US giant Walmart has offered a brief overview of the handheld spin-off. The blurb explains that players can expect to...

  • News New The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer Comes Out Swinging

    Hot shot

    It’s been a while since we got a decent web-slinging game, but Beenox’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man looks poised to break that trend. This brand new developer diary offers a fairly brief look at the title, but should be enough to get your blood pumping. The open-world navigation looks absolutely fantastic, and brings back fond...

  • News Guitar Hero Developer Neversoft Answers the Call of Duty

    On board

    It seems as though Guitar Hero developer Neversoft has joined the Call of Duty family. An updated splash page on the former Tony Hawk studio’s website notes that it is currently working on the blockbuster first-person franchise. Elsewhere, a handful of job listings confirm that it is indeed developing a “new FPS”. There are...

  • News Peter Cullen Returns for Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

    Roll out

    Activision has confirmed that Optimus Prime’s long-serving voice actor Peter Cullen will reprise his role for the upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. He’ll be joined by fan favourite Gregg Berger, who’ll once again lend his dulcet tones to the loveably idiotic Grimlock. Established voice actor Fred Tatasciore will attempt to...

  • News Angry Birds Is Flying onto Consoles

    Pigs beware

    If you don’t already own a platform that can play Angry Birds, then you might be excited to learn that the ridiculously popular title is flying onto consoles. According to IGN, a teaser reel running at Activision’s E3 booth shows one of Rovio’s famous characters smashing into the company’s logo. When quizzed about it, a company...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Shooting onto Vita This Fall

    Classified information

    Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified is due out this fall on PlayStation Vita, and neither Sony nor publisher Activision is willing to tell you much more about it. The game appeared in logo form during Sony's press conference, with an ironic lack of details shared. Jack Tretton said that the game would be the first title to...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops II Sends Los Angeles Straight to Hell

    Dead wings

    The City of Angels is prone to the odd megaton or two when E3 comes to town, but no amount of practice could prepare it for Call of Duty: Black Ops II's daunting interpretation of the future. The footage shows L.A.’s familiar freeways transformed into a deadly battlefield, as America’s unmanned war assets are turned against them...

May2012

  • News Infinity Ward Targeting New Consoles with Next Project

    Modern Warfare, er, 4?

    Excuse us while we continue to scrape the figuratively parched barrel for marginally interesting stories. Infinity Ward has posted a new job opening, advertising for a social network engineer. The employee will supposedly be responsible for “high level network code for an exciting unannounced title for next generation...

  • News Goldfinger's Superman Flies into Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD

    "Here I am, doing everything I can..."

    Love it or loathe it, the music from the first three Tony Hawk titles defined a generation. We have fond memories of holding a cassette recorder next to our TV’s speakers in order to capture some of the game’s classic tunes. Sadly, licensed music is a sticky subject, especially when you’re talking about...

  • News Learn About the Origins of the Dinobots in Fall of Cybertron

    "Me Grimlock bash brains!"

    How did the Dinobots get onto Cybertron? It’s a question we’ve been asking ourselves ever since the announcement of High Moon’s upcoming Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. It turns out not even brand overlord Hasbro has a canon origins story for the Dinobots – so High Moon decided to create one. In a nut-shell, the...

  • News Men in Black: Alien Crisis Invades PS3 This Week

    Galaxy defenders

    Those of you excited by the prospect of a third Men in Black movie might have a passing interest in Men in Black: Alien Crisis. The Activision-published PS3 spin-off puts you in the shoes of a new recruit in the MIB organisation and allows you to “live through an amazing story packed full of action”. The game features full...

  • News Bungie Bursts onto PlayStation in 2014

    Destiny

    Former Halo developer Bungie has been working on a multiplatform title for some years now, but we still don't know much about it. According to a contract released as part of Activision’s ongoing legal battle with former Infinity Ward employees, we'll find out a lot more in 2013. The contract itself states that Bungie has agreed to create...

  • News 007 Legends Takes Off on 16th October

    Moonraker

    Of all the Bond movies to feature in upcoming nostalgia fest 007 Legends, developer Eurocom has opted for the most questionable of them all. The conclusion of this debut Skyfall movie trailer confirms the inclusion of Moonraker in the Activision published game, with a sneak peek at 007’s unforgettable gadgetry and pantomime villain Jaws...

  • News New Black Ops II Trailer to Debut During Champions League

    Wargasm

    Call of Duty is too big for video game blogs and YouTube. These days the blockbuster franchise debuts during big sporting events such as the Champions League final. Never one to miss out on a marketing opportunity, Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops II's latest reveal will take place during the big Chelsea versus Bayern...

  • News Pre-Order The Amazing Spider-Man to Play as Stan Lee

    Swingin' Stan

    If you’ve always thought Spider-Man would be a much better franchise with an elderly gentleman in the lead role rather than an anxious, sprightly youth, then the pre-order bonuses for Activision’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man should be right up your alley. Register your interest in the game at Amazon and you’ll snatch up the...

  • News New Modern Warfare 3 Maps Deployed on PS3 This Week

    Combat evolved

    Those of you still actively engaged in the art of shooting soldiers in the face will be pleased to learn that Activision is readying another Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 content drop for Elite subscribers on PS3 this week. The update will see the Sanctuary and Foundation maps added to the game. The former takes place in a monastery...

  • News Giggidy, It's a New Family Guy Video Game

    Open the Griffin door once more

    Fox's incredibly popular Family Guy series is getting another bite of the gaming apple this year with Activision's Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. Currently only announced for 'consoles' — which you can bet means PS3 — it's set for release this autumn, though that's about all we know aside from the usual...

  • News Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Rides onto PSN Next Month

    Superman

    You know, we really respect Tony Hawk. The skating legend could so easily be a disinterested shill, but we really get the impression that he cares about the quality of his games. Such is his passion, that the Hawkster's prone to revealing the odd snippet of unannounced information from time to time. On this occasion he’s taken to Twitter...

  • News Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse Appears on Amazon

    Stewpendous

    Here’s a story that might catch you off guard: Activision is readying a Family Guy title for release on PlayStation 3 later this year. Well, that’s according to a retail listing for a game called Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse which mysteriously appeared on Amazon overnight. The listing is agonisingly light on details, but does...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops II Pre-Orders Outpace Predecessor

    Huge numbers incoming

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is poised to become another blockbuster of epic proportions, if early indications from online retailer Amazon are to be believed. A report on MCV notes that early orders for the upcoming title are already triple those of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops which released in 2010. Amazon’s Graham...

  • News The Living Dead Return in Call of Duty: Black Ops II

    The hunt for brains continues

    The recently announced Call of Duty: Black Ops II may be taking a slightly different direction to its predecessor, but Treyarch’s trademark zombie co-op mode will still be present. It sounds like the developer is really aiming to flesh out the side campaign, describing it as the “most ambitious zombie effort...

  • News Black Ops II Campaign Goes Heavy Rain

    Dying is a part of life

    Call of Duty: Black Ops II wants to surprise you. For one, the campaign will offer branching paths and alternate endings, with the storyline changing depending on decisions you make. Should you fail select missions the story will still continue, with characters living or dying depending on your actions. While we're not...

  • News Call of Duty Still Gunning for Vita

    Not sure which "version" yet

    It’s been a long time since we got any kind of update about Call of Duty on Vita. Despite the title being announced alongside Sony’s new handheld, Activision’s said very little about the potential blockbuster. But in an off-the-cuff Twitter remark overnight, social media manager Dan Amrich hinted at the title’s...

  • News Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Confirmed, Out 13th November

    Surprise!

    Activision's just confirmed Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for PS3 will hit worldwide on 13th November. The date accompanied a reveal trailer — published perhaps a little prematurely — that we'll bring to you as soon as it's up. It's so far only announced for PS3 but we know Call of Duty Vita is still on the way. Are you keen to take up...

  • Rumour Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Screenshots Leak

    Attack of the drones

    A couple of screenshots from the heavily rumoured Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 have leaked online. The assets appear to confirm a near future setting for the hotly anticipated sequel. The images — which first appeared on a Japanese website — focus on gun-toting aerial recon units, which also featured in leaked art assets posted...

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  • Rumour Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Releases 13th November

    Plug the holes

    It's not particularly surprising to learn that Activision is readying a direct sequel to 2010's pretty good Call of Duty: Black Ops. The title has been heavily rumoured for months now, but was finally confirmed overnight via a sneaky photograph of a Target pre-order token posted on IGN. The card clearly shows the game’s logo, in...

  • News New Call of Duty to Debut Next Week

    Back ops

    It’s time to plot your pursuit of prestige all over again, as Activision readies the announcement of another Call of Duty title. As previously speculated, all will be revealed on 1st May. A countdown on CallofDuty.com notes that the title will be showcased during the basketball playoffs on US cable channel TNT. Seems like an appropriate...

  • News Activision Deploys "Content Collection #1" for MW3

    Patience is a virtue

    PlayStation 3 players without Call of Duty: Elite subscriptions can finally indulge in the first DLC drop for Modern Warfare 3. The drearily dubbed “Content Collection #1” is available now from the PlayStation Store for an eye-watering $14.99. To its credit the content does collate six new multiplayer maps and a pair of Spec...

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