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We were really surprised to see Activision announce an HD update of GoldenEye for the PlayStation 3 this week, but according to Activision the release was always planned
Producer James Steer revealed to Kotaku that GoldenEye 007: Reloaded was being worked on "in the background" while the Wii version was in development. This was working in the background the whole time while they were..
Licence to... oh, never mind
After the announcement of GoldenEye 007: Reloaded we've now got the first screenshots and in-game footage from the upcoming Bond-a-thon. The revamped version of last year's Wii adventure comes with support for PlayStation Move, Sharp Shooter and in a surprise turn of events the Top Shot Elite gun used in Cabela's...
We don't know if you've heard: there's a war on
EA and Activision each want to dominate the first-person shooter pie, and that means Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are preparing for a head-on collision later this year. It's a ballsy move from EA given Call Of Duty's mainstream popularity, but it's a battle that's thus far been fairly evenly matched. Battlefield 3's obviously..
Activision's kicked off Comic-Con with a slew of North American release date announcements
Prototype 2 was the first to get a date, with the distant April 24th, 2012 being the target. Next up was Silicon Knights' X-Men Destiny, a game that, admittedly, we've seen very little of. That game's scored a September 27th release date. Finally, Activision attached an October 4th release date to the..
We've been expecting you
Last year's GoldenEye 007 on Wii was a particularly enjoyable slice of James Bond action, bringing the beloved N64 original up to date with online play, experience and all that good stuff. If you were looking on from the sidelines, filled with jealousy, that can stop soon: Activision has announced GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is...
As we suspected when details about the game leaked yesterday, Activision has officially confirmed GoldenEye 007: Reloaded for the PlayStation 3 this afternoon
The title is an HD remake of last year's Wii-exclusive GoldenEye, err, redux. Yeah, we're trying hard to get our heads around that too. See, last year's GoldenEye 007 (for Wii) was a complete reimagining of Rare's original movie block-buster..
We love James Bond video games
We've spent countless hours with both Quantum Of Solace and Blood Stone on PS3, despite poor review scores and a general sense of ambivalence towards the games. So we're super excited to learn that last year's Wii exclusive GoldenEye reboot could be coming to the PlayStation 3 in high-definition. The rumours first emerged late last month when a bunch of domain..
With each iteration of Call Of Duty, the console market grows
There are no shortage of people picking up PlayStation 3s and XBOX 360s, and so it's no surprise to see the Call Of Duty fanbase grow with each release. According to UK retailer GAME, this year's Modern Warfare 3 is set to break the myriad records set by last year's Call Of Duty: Black Ops. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders..
Remember when we jokingly reported about ModernWarfare3
com</a>? The popular URL was snapped up by a Battlefield fan, and comically redirected to the official Battlefield website. Naturally Activision's not too happy about this. The publisher has filed a $2600 complaint against the domain to the Nation Arbitration Forum, demanding that the name be transferred to them. To add to the drama,..
Activision's slapped a big fat July 28th release date on the third Call Of Duty: Black Ops expansion pack for PS3
Like all Call Of Duty packs, Annihilation includes four new maps and a brand new zombie arena. There's more information on the PlayStation Blog.
Activision's not been keeping on top of its website domains
The URL for ModernWarfare3.com takes you to Battlefield 3's homepage. Given that both titles are currently engaged in a deadly war to the grave, that's pretty funny. The website was registered by an anonymous owner in the US. We suspect it's the work of a long-time Battlefield fan, rather than a sinister EA marketing plan. Hilariously,..
We never hate James Bond games
While there are good examples of Bond games, and bad examples of Bond games, we usually end up enjoying them regardless of their quality. Perhaps it's because we love the franchise in general, but we've had love affairs with both Quantum Of Solace and Blood Stone already this generation — both of which were panned by critics. So, are we ready for more James Bond?..
Activision gaffer, Bobby Kotick, has said that his company is "super excited" about the PlayStation Vita, but remains unsure about the device's target audience
Because we're all supposed to be playing Angry Birds these days, remember. That's right, Kotick brought up the old "bu-bu-but smart-phones" as a cautionary statement about Vita, despite the exec thinking the gizmo is actually..
Those animals just aren't staying dead
Having conquered the wild beasts in Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011, budding hunters will get the chance to shoot some more animals in Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2012, out this September. Using PlayStation Move or the Top Shot Elite gun that came packaged with the previous release, players can engage in new...
According to VG247, the rumoured Call Of Duty: Black Ops limited edition is legitimate, and will include a free download voucher for the game's First Strike DLC pack
GameStop outed the limited edition yesterday.
If you're one of the remaining ten people that doesn't yet own a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops -- you're in luck
According to GameStop, a new bundle will be made available next week including the game and some DLC. No word on exactly what DLC will be included, but we're assuming it will be the first two packs currently available on the PlayStation Store. Activision's yet to officially confirm the..
Activision's officially announced a third DLC pack for Treyarch's Call Of Duty: Black Ops this afternoon
The pack, entitled "Annihilation", will launch first on XBOX 360 at the end of the month, and then later on PlayStation 3. It includes four new maps and a new co-operative zombie stage. One of the maps is a golf course, which is pretty awesome. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Not had enough Call Of Duty: Black Ops yet? This supposed leaked leaflet from GameStop has your back, supposedly revealing a third DLC pack for Activision's blockbuster first-person shooter
Despite being a blurry image, the leaflet seems to reveal a number of new maps including: Hangar 18, Hazard, Drive-In, Silo, and a new co-operative zombies mission. Take this with a pinch of salt as it could be..
Calling all, erm, Call Of Duty: Black Ops players: Activision's just let us know that the "Escalation" DLC pack is now available from the PlayStation Store
The DLC boasts several new maps in addition to that special grindhouse co-op mode featuring performances from Sarah Michelle-Gellar and Danny Trejo. It will set you back $14.99. Go-go-go,...
Activision and Beenox has released some new screens and a trailer from the upcoming Spider-Man: Edge Of Time
The game will feature playable versions of the classic Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 as the duo struggle to correct a time stream gone awry. Check the trailer after the jump.
Now the dust has settled on Activision's Call Of Duty: Elite premium service, the publisher has posted a FAQ on its official website claiming that the new venture will be "the best free service on the market"
The firm added that "even haters can play for free". Cheeky Activision. Call Of Duty: Elite was announced last week amidst much fanfare. The Beachhead developed service will be..
Activision's confirmed that Call Of Duty: Black Ops' "Escalation" DLC pack will launch on the PlayStation Network on June 10th
Escalation includes four new competitive multiplayer maps alongside the much lofted "Call Of The Dead" zombie stage. The grindhouse-inspired co-operative level includes performances from Sarah Michelle Gellar,...
Blizzard games are a big deal
Personally we wouldn't shed any tears if their entire line-up vanished into a big vat of nothingness, but people seem to like them. One Blizzard franchise gamers especially enjoy is Diablo — after all, they've been clamouring for Diablo III since the stone-ages. That's determination. Joystiq's picked up on a job listing on Blizzard's website that appeals for a..
While the rest of the Internet hits back at Activision's not-so-intriguing Call Of Duty: Elite subscription model, Sony's Rob Dyer has told the Wall Street Journal that he's "very confident" other developers will follow in Activision's footsteps
"There's money to be made there," he said, clarifying that very few franchise's could justify...
The status of DJ Hero developer FreeStyle Games has been in limbo for some time, but the company has announced this afternoon that it "will continue its strong relationship with Activision"
In fact the British studio is already working on a new super-secret project for the publisher, which will be announced in the coming months. Unfortunately, the studio did confirm that it had made 35 positions..
Fact: the multiplayer in Transformers: War For Cybertron was amazing
In fact the whole package was pretty stellar, which lends hope to upcoming movie tie-in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, which is in development at War For Cybertron studio High Moon. This could turn out the best Transformers movie tie-in yet. It's just a shame the Transformers movies are such shoddy source material in the first..
In July 2005 there was a series of terrorist attacks on London
As with all terrorist attacks, the event was given a fancy buzzword by the media — duh, 7/7 of course — so we could all easily recall the horrors of the day. One prong of the attack involved blowing a hole in a London Underground train. A similar image is depicted in the latest Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer, which portrays..
As previously rumoured, Sony has confirmed a limited edition Call Of Duty: Black Ops PlayStation 3 bundle for North America
The bundle — which costs $299.99 — includes a 160GB system, a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops and a download voucher for the First Strike content pack, which adds a bunch of multiplayer maps to the game. The bundle's due out on May 31st.
Someone give the Activision marketing department a raise
In just a couple of seconds of this debut Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 trailer, the marketing team managed to capture the game's entire concept. The sneaky little "WW3" logo which transforms into "MW3" is nothing shy of a stroke of brilliance. And it perfectly sums up the atmosphere hinted at in the trailer. Four major..
Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will get its debut gameplay blowout overnight, according to Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling
He tweeted: "Modern Warfare 3 world premiere gameplay trailer tonight on NBA Western Conference Finals around 6pm PT (2 am UK)." You can assume the footage will be all over the 'net within seconds. Big moment for Activision and Infinity Ward actually,..
The PlayStation Network is back, and everything's slowly starting to get back to normal after the service was offline for just over three weeks
In order to welcome players back to the service, Treyarch is planning a double XP weekend for Call Of Duty: Black Ops on PlayStation 3. From tomorrow 18:00 (UK time) right through to Tuesday 18:00, players engaging in some multiplayer Call Of Duty: Black..
If you're desperate to give Activision your money for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the game can now be preordered from a variety of UK retailers
ShopTo, GAME and HMV have all followed the lead of US chain
We're not supposed to know about it yet, but Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is official
After yesterday's narrative spill, Infinity Ward has decided to release the first official teaser trailers for the upcoming game. It's all rather exciting. The brief trailers introduce you to the four major cities that will make up Modern Warfare 3's campaign: New York, Berlin, Paris and London. London. That's..
Infinity Ward has responded to the leak that potentially uncovered the entirety of Modern Warfare 3's plot this afternoon, teasing fans to "wait for the real reveal"
Writing on Twitter, the community strategist said, "A lot of hype & a lot of leaked info on MW3, some still accurate, some not. To avoid spoiling the experience, I'd wait for the real reveal." Modern Warfare 3 has yet..
What a bizarre year this has been for video games news
Usually we're sitting here typing about trailers and screenshots, but these past six months have been markedly different. We've spent our time reading and writing about hackers, be it with Sony's legal case against GeoHot, or the data breach of Sony's PlayStation Network. Then there's been leak after leak, starting with Sony's NGP right through..
Modern Warfare's narrative has slowly been gearing up to a cataclysmic World War III-type scenario, and that's exactly what we're going to experience in Modern Warfare 3 according to Kotaku
The sequel to the world's most popular franchise will depict the "world in chaos" after events in Modern Warfare 2 eventually put the US and Russia at dagger-throats. According to Kotaku, the game will..
Activision talked up its next Call Of Duty title at an investor's meeting overnight
The next iteration in the franchise — hotly tipped to be Modern Warfare 3 — will face stiff competition from EA's Battlefield 3. But Activision isn't worried, claiming that the new game has "exceeded every internal milestone" set by the publisher. "By any measure, Call of Duty is one of the..
Activision confirmed last night that we would get another slice of James Bond from the publisher this year
Last year Bizarre Creations released the above-average James Bond 007: Blood Stone. Activision were coy as to who is behind this year's title, but it's believed to be Singularity developer, Raven Software. For the balance of the year, we plan to launch games based on the best-selling X-Men..
Eurogamer reckons that the next Call Of Duty title is being flagged internally by Tesco as "Project Colossus"
The site reckons that the game will release on November 8th. Modern Warfare 3 is believed to be a collaboration between Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games. Activion's holding an investors conference this evening. Expect some mention of the blockbuster franchise. Over the weekend the..
The biggest game in the world returns soon
At least that's the message in the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine. In a teaser for its July issue, the magazine depicts a large "3", hinting at none other than Modern Warfare 3. We all knew it was coming, right? Voice actor Craig Fairbrass had previously hinted that a Modern Warfare 3 announcement was imminent. "I did Call of..
EA's added fuel to the flames of the developing rift between Battlefield 3 and the next Call Of Duty title
Speaking at an investors conference overnight, EA gaffer John Riccitiello said DICE's Battlefield 3 is "superior" to Call Of Duty in every way. Riccitiello added that the publisher aims to take a big chunk of Activision's Call Of Duty market with the modern military shooter. "We..
Better load up
Just as we'd all but given hope of seeing Activision's animal-blaster Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 reaching Europe, the company pulls it out of the bag by announcing a release date of 6th May 2011. This year's outing is notable for including a full first-person story mode that sees a family head into the woods to kill things, as well...
Treyarch's been keeping Call Of The Dead -- an additional zombie co-op map to be included with Call Of Duty: Black Ops' second DLC pack, Escalation -- pretty quiet
And this grindhouse inspired trailer reveals exactly why. You'll get a chance to play as a quarter of a zombie killing dream-team, with Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund...
Enslaved was one of the most under-rated games of last year
Anything it lacked in gameplay polish was more than made up by the game's beautiful art direction and fantastic characterisation. While the game might not have been recognised as widely as it should have been amongst the gaming community, it can at least add a feather to its bow in the form of an Ivor Novello award nomination for its..
Activision's released a video walkthrough of the second DLC pack for Call Of Duty: Black Ops
The map-pack, entitled "Escalation", is due out on XBOX 360 next month. Unfortunately, PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait until later in the summer to get their hands on the additional content due to a contractual agreement with Microsoft. At least there's video footage to tide you over though..
Activision has responded to retailer rumours, confirming that the next Call Of Duty: Black Ops map pack will be called "Escalation"
The DLC will boast five new maps: Convoy, Zoo, Stockpile, Hotel and a new co-op zombies stage. It'll launch on May 3rd for XBOX 360, but PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait until around June to get their hands on the new maps. That's due to an exclusive contract..
One of the most exciting gaming stories of this year is EA's war with Activision for the first-person shooter crown
In the red corner is EA's Battlefield 3, with the inevitable November Call Of Duty release sitting in the blue corner. Speaking at the Ad Age Conference in New York, EA CEO John Riccitiello revealed that both publishers will drop "a couple hundred million dollars [worth of]..
Call Of Duty: Black Ops is set to get another slice of DLC later in the year, a retail mess-up has revealed
The news was leaked by an Australian branch of GAME, revealing five new maps: a zoo, a hotel, a convoy, a stockpile, and a new locale for the bemusingly popular zombies mode. No price was listed. The reveal noted a May release date, but seeing...
Activision's announced that Spider-Man: Edge Of Time is in development at Shatter Dimensions outfit Beenox and will release this year
No platforms were mentioned in the press release but we imagine PlayStation 3 is a safe-bet. NGP could be a possibility too. The story-line combines the Amazing Spider-Man with Spider-Man 2099 as you attempt to correct a time-stream gone awry and prevent a..
Bungie's revealed that their new publishing partners, Activision, are totally keeping their "hands off" the Halo developers latest multiplatform project
"Not only were we excited about the contract that we were able to get with Activision but they seem really committed to being hands-off," Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell told IndustryGamers. "They really seem committed to agreeing..
Call Of Duty: Black Ops might be the US' best selling game of all time according to units, but it is not the highest grossing one
That accolade belongs to another Activision title — Guitar Hero 3. According to NPD data (going back as far as 1995), the mainstream plastic instrument title is the highest-grossing game of "this generation". Of course, Black Ops is in second. In fact, say..
Intentionally or not, the folks behind the Comic Book convention, WonderCon, have confirmed that the next Spider-Man video game will make an appearance at the San Francisco event
WonderCon's official website lists a panel entitled "Activision Spider-Man" and notes that there will be "exclusive details, screenshots and videos of the next Spider-Man game," at the event.
Y'know what, we kinda feel for High Moon Studios
A little bit. They are clearly a studio heavily passionate about the Transformers franchise and its lore. Their last game, Transformers: War For Cybertron, must have been a dream come true for everyone at the developer. A good Transformers game based on the characters and setting from the original anime series. But they've kinda fallen victim to..
Guitar Hero might be dead
DJ Hero might be dead. But Kotaku's reporting that Activision's working on a new game called Dance Hero. We don't know why we didn't call it earlier — of course they are. It just makes too much sense. All the elements align. Despite the lowering demand for plastic instrument games, the dance genre seems to on the rise. To our dismay, anyway. Both Ubisoft and Harmonix..
Yesterday we reported that Bungie's next game would be a massive multiplayer action game
We were wrong. Despite the studio's lead network engineer, David Aldridge, stating as much on a GDC panel slide; Bungie has come out to quash the rumours, stating it was a "joke". In rehearsal Aldridge was convinced that everybody got the joke, the studio said. It was all in the delivery, he..
To celebrate the release of Call Of Duty: Black Ops' First Strike DLC on PlayStation 3, Activision's announced its doubling up the game's XP rewards for the duration of the weekend
The update's in effect right now, and will run right through until 8AM PST/11AM EST on Monday, March 7th.
The rumours flying around the Internet last week were true -- Bungie's lead network engineer, David Aldridge, has confirmed that the former Halo team is working on a "massively multiplayer action game"
Whether or not the game will come to consoles is currently unknown. Aldridge dropped the tid-bit during a GDC panel, stating that while the new game would share similarities with an MMO, it is..
Activision has claimed that Call Of Duty: Black Ops is the highest selling PlayStation 3 title of all time, citing NPD, Chart-Track and GfK as sales source indications
While the publisher was keen to point out its achievement, no hard figures were actually given. Assuming the publisher's correct, Black Ops will have outsold Gran Turismo 5 (6.37 million copies) to take the top spot. The numbers..
DLC for Activision's main-line music games -- DJ Hero and Guitar Hero -- was supposed to have dried up by now, but the publisher's decided to extend support for the platforms due to "continued support" from fans
The cynical side of us reckons Activision's still making good money from this stuff. No word on what's on the horizon, just know that there...
Activision has said that the Modern Warfare 3 countdown website that appeared online yesterday is a hoax
The publisher added that it's equally unaware of the promotional dogtags that were dispatched to the press. The dogtags referenced both the countdown website and characters from the Modern Warfare series. "There seems to be a great deal of speculation about the next Call of Duty project..
Looks like we'll get our first look at Modern Warfare 3 in just under five days, as a mysterious website filed under the domain www
findmakarov.com</a> has hit the 'net this afternoon. Of course, informed folks like ourselves know that next week marks the start of GDC. Megaton incoming. The website was discovered by That Video Game Blog, who received promotional dog-tags from Activision. The..
Worry not Barns, developers Eutechnyx still care about British NASCAR fans even if we don't
Following Activision's cancellation of the British release, developer Eutechnyx has said it's looking into making the game region-free so fans can easily import the title. Of course, this is a complete non-story because the PlayStation 3 is already region-free. It really is a slow, slow news day folks..
Here's an odd one that actually makes sense: Activision has cancelled the UK release of NASCAR: The Game 2011
It's odd because the game is being developed in Gateshead, England by Eutechnyx. It makes sense because no-one in Britain gives two hoots about NASCAR. The game was delayed recently, but is now due at the end of March.
We're noticing a pattern
This President's Weekend must be a big deal. (Perhaps?) Not only is Uncharted 2 on board, but now Call Of Duty: Black Ops is deciding to celebrate too. Activision's decided to unlock two of Black Ops' hidden Easter Eggs for the weekend, including the Dead Ops Arcade game and the Presidential zombie fight unlocked at the end of the campaign. Of course, tuned in players will..
As of today, British studio Bizarre Creations are no more
The Liverpool based developer were behind some of the best racing games ever, including Metropolis Street Racer, Project Gotham Racing, and even the more recent Blur. Hopefully Bizarre's talent finds work elsewhere. Thanks for the memories guys, it's been a great ride. <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20084659"..
We've all heard the horror stories regarding Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer recently
Those still playing Activision's shooter online have found themselves susceptible to stat-hacks and various gameplay exploits. Seems like Infinity Ward's on the verge of regaining control though, with community manager Robert Bowling teasing the release of an imminent fix. Good on Infinity Ward. The studio's..
Following this afternoon's announcement, High Moon Studios has released a teaser trailer for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon's video game tie-in
We've just got one question still lingering from the release of the original Michael Bay movie: why is Bumblebee so cool? He was a twit in the original animated series.</em>
Despite releasing the brilliant Blur last year, Develop's reporting that British studio, Bizarre Creations, will close their doors on Friday
The Merseyside team has been behind some of our favourite games over the years, including Metropolis Street Racer and Project Gotham Racing. Despite releasing two good games last year — James Bond 007: Blood Stone and the aforementioned Blur — Activision..
As you might be aware, The Bayformers are back this year, promising more hap-hazard writing and slow-motion CGI
With them, come more mediocre video game tie-ins from Activision. Except there's a little ray of sunshine hidden in Transformers: Dark Of The Moon's press release — High Moon are handling the PlayStation 3 version of the game. You may remember High Moon from the surprisingly decent..
Fact: DJ Hero, and particularly its sequel, are amazing games
Fact: DJ Hero underperformed at retail. Fact: Activision just killed Guitar Hero. Fact: People are probably going to lose their jobs. Which really sucks because there's clearly piles and piles of talent at the British studio behind the scratch-em-up, FreeStyle Games. Like we said, the DJ Hero games are amazing. The second one in..
We've come to the conclusion that we have zero interest in Blizzard's gaming portfolio
Perhaps our ambivalence stems from our console background — as opposed to PC — but either way, the seemingly inevitable announcement of Diablo, Starcraft or Warcraft on PS3 would do nothing to excite us. Of course, Diablo in particular has been on PlayStation before. It launched on the PSone in 1998. Speaking..
You didn't think Activision were going to quit flogging the Call Of Duty brand now that they've killed Guitar Hero did you? Absolutely not
As the publisher pointed out at a financial meeting last night, "about as many people have played Call Of Duty: Black Ops as there are members of Netflix". Naturally Activision wants to "sustain...
Call Of Duty: Black Ops fans will pleased to know that Microsoft's timed-exclusive window for the game's "First Strike" DLC isn't particularly long
Activision's announced that the first set of maps will hit the PlayStation 3 on March 3rd. While we're sure the exclusivity period is a good marketing point for Microsoft, it seems crazy short in the scale of things.
Activision's just set the Internet on fire by announcing that it has canned development on the almost-finished True Crime: Hong Kong and, perhaps more importantly, completely "disbanded" the Guitar Hero brand
The publisher stated during its 2011 financial report that due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishings Guitar Hero business unit and..
Celebrating the release of timed exclusive XBOX 360 Call Of Duty: Black Ops map pack, Treyarch's decided to double up the XP on all versions of the game from February 4th - February 6th
By the way, the PlayStation 3 got a new firmware update the other day
We would have reported on it, only we were struggled to stay alive during the onslaught of NGP news. The firmware promised a bunch of "security updates", though it was cracked within minutes by the lovely homebrew folks that we don't talk about on this site. Seems there...
With the likes of Killzone and Uncharted heading to the NGP, there's certainly an emphasis on big blockbuster titles for Sony's new flagship handheld
Blockbuster titles don't get much bigger than Call Of Duty, an iteration of which has just been confirmed for NGP by Activision's Phillip Earle. Details were scarce, but Earle billed the game with the following anecdote: "We believe Call of Duty..
Call Of Duty: Black Ops' First Strike DLC might be a timed exclusive on the XBOX 360, but it'll find its way onto the PlayStation 3 before long
Until that day, Activision's dropped us a new trailer, showing off the game's new multiplayer and zombie maps. Looks like Call Of Duty. If that excites you, hit the jump.
With Infinity Ward splintered after former heads Jason West and Vince Zampella were ousted from the company, a report on the LA Times' Company Town blog suggests all might not be rosy at the former premier studio
Apparently both Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software have been enlisted to support Infinity Ward developing the next Call Of Duty title, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. According to the..
Bizarre Creations might have delivered the brilliant Blur last year, but sadly it sounds like the studio's days are numbered
Last we heard Activision were looking to offload the developer to a potential buyer, but it sounds like talks have fallen through. Activision Worlwide Studios' COO Coddy Johnson told Develop that the publisher had explored leads with "pretty much everyon
We told you it was an absolute load of hog-wash
Treyarch's community manager, Josh Olin, has hit the Twitter airwaves to confirm the studio are committed to Call Of Duty: Black Ops on PlayStation 3. Olin wrote: "<span>PS3 servers comments were taken out of context. Treyarch's committed to supporting the PS3 community with some great updates on the way."</span>..
We woke up this morning to see a bunch of websites reporting that Activision were about to "pull the plug on the PS3 Call Of Duty: Black Ops servers
" We don't know how the story gathered steam, but we'd just like to reassure everyone that it's not going to happen. While Activision reserve the right to pull the servers on any multiplayer game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops is still a relatively new..
Microsoft might have spent a number of pennies securing exclusive DLC for Call Of Duty: Black Ops, but it's not going to stop us posting the package's first trailer
The DLC, called First Strike, features four new multiplayer maps and an additional zombie mode. Of the maps, Stadium and Kowloon look the most interesting from a visual perspective. There's no date on the PlayStation 3 launch yet, but..
It's long been assumed that Activision's latest studio upstart, Sledgehammer Games, were working on the Call Of Duty franchise, but a job-listing discovered overnight puts an end to the speculation
The listing appeals for a community manager and offers "the chance to build and drive the studio community management effort for Sledgehammer and the next Call Of Duty game". Perhaps the most..
It's been a while since we heard anything about Eutechnyx's NASCAR: The Game 2011
Until this morning's delay announcement, anyway. Apparently the developer's decided to hold the game back until March 29th. The reason? Polish. The main reason is we simply wanted more time to polish it and hopefully make it the experience you guys are craving. Its never easy to delay a game as it can cause a..
Halo developers Bungie are no longer owned by Microsoft
They are part of a publishing deal with Activision, and their next title is almost certainly set to come to the PlayStation 3. Today, the Internet's gone into a rumour frenzy after a bunch of trademarks from the esteemed developer have floated to the surface. The name, trademarked last year, could mean anything, but are likely to do with..
The ESA's opened up registration for E3 2011 with a massive list of confirmed exhibitors
Amongst the confirmed names are Sony, EA, Activision and SEGA. "Big video game publishers go to big video game convention". Shocking news. You can view the full exhibitor list through here. What do you think's going to be at this year's E3? Ahem. PSP2, no? Ahem.
We nearly called it and then we were like, nah, too crazy. Who'd have thought Call Of Duty: Black Ops would become the UK's best selling game of 2010? Our money was on the Nintendo Wii's Just Dance. We were close. That came in second. But blimey. Black Ops — crazy that. Gran Turismo 5 fared pretty well, coming third on the PlayStation 3 chart, while Red Dead Redemption and FIFA 11..
Remember Ghost from Modern Warfare 2? He was the mask toting guy voiced by the same actor as Gaz in Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
According to rumours published by ThisIsXBOX [we know! - Ed], the face-less gunner could be about to become the star of his own game. The site notes that Infinity Ward are working on a Ghost themed Call Of Duty title set before the events of Call Of Duty 4: Modern..
We're not really sure why people blame Activision for making money
They have the hottest property in video games right now, and while we share concerns about them taking something actually quite good and driving it into the ground, we absolutely don't blame them for wanting to make some money. Which is why, despite frequent denials, some kind of monetary Call Of Duty subscription service seems..
Prototype's the very definition of an "impulse buy" sorta game
The title got decent reviews at launch and has maintained a limited but vocal fan-base. It's been on our "to-do" list for quite some time actually. So it's with some anticipation that we've got wind of Activision's plans to bring the open-world superhero title to the...
Perhaps one of the worst kept secrets of the VGAs this year, Activision's announced Prototype 2 for release in 2012
The game introduces a new protagonist, Sgt. James Heller, who's been tasked with destroying the previous game's antihero, Alex Mercer. That's a nice little twist. Still, Activision's slapped a 2012 release date on this. It's hard to...
In many ways, the Call Of Duty franchise is an XBOX 360 exclusive
It's a "modern" exclusive if you like. Back in the day, exclusivity meant "absolutely not coming out on any other platforms". That kind of exclusive still exists in some cases, but the numbers are diminishing. That's especially accurate when it comes to third parties, where exclusivity tends to mean "a bit of..
Last week's leader, Gran Turismo 5, is back down to the number four slot this week in the UK weekly sales charts
Call Of Duty: Black Ops reclaimed its place at the top of the charts, with FIFA 11 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood all sitting above Sony's racer. Ubisoft's Nintendo Wii dance games claimed two of the top ten spots, with a bunch of other Wii titles joining Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit..
Remember 2009, when similar-looking super hero titles launched on the PlayStation 3? Those games were Prototype and inFamous
Many forum topics debated which game would come out "the winner", but it wasn't long before people totally forgot about Prototype, succumbing to inFamous' brilliance. A sequel to inFamous was announced at E3 this year and based on our hands-on impressions it raises..
This is getting pretty boring now
Is it really necessary for every publisher to release extremely obscure teasers for their VGA announcements? We get that they want to build hype, but good grief — there's been one of these every single day and the awards event is still a good three weeks away. No, we don't know what Activision's "Murder Your Maker" is. No, we won't care until it's..
Remember Infinity Ward? The guys that brought you Call Of Duty? Yeah, we'd almost forgotten too, particularly after all the hoopla that went on earlier in the year
According to Vivendi — which has a controlling interest in Activision Blizzard — the studio is still very much around, albeit in "reconstructed" form. The Treyarch studio, which made this years game, has done better..
Bungie, the guys that made Halo an enormous brand, are working on a new project -- and it's coming to PlayStation 3
Not much is known about the studio's next game, though Activision have locked up publishing duties. Those of you who'd like to be in on Bungie's next big thing can enlist on the studio's forums. Apparently the team are looking for participants to take part in playtests, surveys and..
Treyarch's announced that it's released a new update for Call Of Duty: Black Ops on the PlayStation 3
The changes are pretty minimal this time, offering some improvements to matchmaking and leaderboard tracking. The PlayStation 3 version also has some "anti-friends list" spamming features. No idea what that is, but apparently it'll improve the game's performance for those with large..
Tony Hawk: Shred, the second game to utilise Activision's board peripheral, has bombed at retail -- scoring just 3,000 sales in its US launch week
According to Cowan & Company , the game was "a virtual no-show" at retail. We definitely think it's time to craft a Tony Hawk title true to the franchise's roots.</em>
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