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Rumor: Modern Warfare 3 Will Be a Ghost-Centric Prequel

According to the UK edition of Official Playstation Magazine, the next Call of Duty game, “Modern Warfare 3”, will actually be a MW prequel to the series revolving around supporting character Ghost.  Fans of the series have been clamoring for more of Ghost since MW2, and rumors of a spin-off or prequel starring Ghost began circulating since January.  In their rumors section, OPMUK mentions “insider whispers” alleging that; “Infinity Ward’s next Modern Warfare title will be a prequel, with Ghost in the lead role.”
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Activision Developing Call of Duty “Digital Platform”

For years, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick’s dream has been to find a way to charge a subscription fee for Call of Duty.  CoD is one of the biggest, most lucrative franchises in the video game industry and it would make sense that he (and Activision) would want to take advantage of that.  In spite of that, Activision has said they would “never” charge for access to CoD multiplayer.  Rumors of CoD adding a subscription have been met with intense displeasure.

With that in mind, Activision announced the formation of a new subsidiary developer, Beachhead Studios, to develop a new “digital platform” to “support” the Call of Duty series.  The platform, which has apparently been in the works for the past year, will…  well it’s purpose is still somewhat uncertain.  According to Kotick, the platform will; “[focus] on the delivery, digitally, of new, innovative Call of Duty content and services [that] will enable tens of millions of players around the world to continue to enjoy the experience that Call of Duty offers.”  Also, “The platform will support in-game integration and bring online experiences and console play together for the first time.”
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True Crime: Hong Kong Gets Shanghaied

Activision announced today via press release that they have stopped production on their mob-themed open-world action game True Crime: Hong Kong.  Activision said that the game was cancelled in order to preserve the company’s commitment to only releasing top-quality games and “the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.”  In other words, since they knew True Crime wasn’t going to be as successful as Call of Duty, they canned it.  Admittedly, the True Crime franchise had a reputation of being somewhat of a GTA clone, albeit one of the better ones – putting your weight behind a horse that’s shooting for second place simply isn’t Activision’s style.

On a separate, but also unsurprising note; the release also announced that Activision this year’s entry in the Guitar Hero franchise.  Last year’s edition, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock was released in September to middling reviews and even worse sales.

Via 1up

New Intel on the Goldeneye Remake

You want a Goldeneye Re-Make?  YOU CAN’T HANDLE A GOLDENEYE REMAKE!

Well, maybe you can.  These prospective box art images, part of an upcoming customer survey from Activision, got leaked to GoNintendo.  Mumblings about the re-make have intensified since Activision registered a Goldeneye website, Goldeneyegame.com.  Shortly after, word came out that Activision had planned to release the original N64 game as a downloadable, but that it (and presumably any Other Goldeneye projects) were being held up by legal issues revolving around the various licensing agreements required to publish a re-make of a game based on a film franchise…

According to Eurogamer, the new Goldeneye, now a Nintendo exclusive, is out of development limbo and on track to be in stores this holiday season.  If that’s even close to true, there will be a HUGE unveiling at E3.  So make yourself a martini and keep your eyes peeled, because it seems like good news is on the way.

Screens Leak Spider-Man 2099 As Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Third World

All Games Beta posted some VERY interesting screenshots today.  Assuming these images are legit, it looks like Spider-Man 2099 will be the third world featured in Activision’s “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.”  In the game, players will switch up between four of the Web-Crawlers more distinct universes.  So far Activision had shown off two worlds, Amazing (normal) Spider-Man and Spider-Man Noir, while holding back the other two worlds to build hype and keep fans on their toes.  Activision hasn’t confirmed that these screens are from “Shattered Dimensions”, but if you can think of another game that these could be from, please feel free to clarify.

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Modern Warfare 2: Surplus Pack Screenshots

So by now you may have heard that Activision plans to release a second set of “Modern Warfare 2” maps.  The “Surplus,” like it’s predecessor, the “Stimulus” Pack, features five new maps – three original maps and two updated versions of maps from the original “Modern Warfare.”  The map pack will run you 15 bucks, (1200 MS points) also just like the original.  Can’t wait?  Well, here are a few images showing off the maps for you to drool over until the DLC is released on Xbox Live on June 3rd.

Unfortunately for those of us playing MW2 on PS3 or PC, the wait is a little longer.  Due to an exclusivity agreement between Activision and Microsoft, “Surplus” won’t be released for PS3 or PC users right away.  Assuming the agreement is similar to the one made for “Stimulus”, PS3 and PC gamers should expect to get their hands on “Surplus” until early to mid July:  “Stimulus” was exclusively available on Xbox Live for 34 days before being released for other forms of download.

As for the maps themselves – Activision is bringing back “Strike” and “Vacant” from MW, and adding three new and decidedly unorthodox locations for the originals.  The names “Carnival” and “Trailer Park” pretty much speak for themselves, don’t you think?  The last map, “Fuel”, well it isn’t actually so unorthodox – it’s set on an oil rig.  Woo Hoo.




“Trailer Park”


Activision Confirms Guitar Hero 6 and DJ Hero 2

Activision confirmed yesterday that “Guitar Hero 6” and “DJ Hero 2” are both in development and should be released some time this fall.  Both games’ existence were common knowledge – guest DJs like DJ Shadow have already publicly spoken about their involvement with the project.  The existence of a Guitar Hero 6 was simply a foregone conclusion.

Still, with the music game fad (has it really existed long enough to be considered a genre?) continually shrinking, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick reasserted his plan to release fewer “Hero” titles, especially new titles that require “the sell-through of higher-priced peripherals,” choosing into focus on software and growing their DLC song library.  In other words, Kotick concedes that the market for music games has already reached critical mass, so the prudent business strategy would be to focus on keeping fans of the genre, rather than growing the brand.  That strategy was embraced long ago by Rock Band developer Harmonix, who will be releasing “Rock Band 3” this holiday season.

(Via Joystiq)

Rumor: Activision Developing “Guitar Hero: Red Hot Chili Peppers”

According to a customer survey from producer Activision, the Red Hot Chili Peppers may be the next band in line to be immortalized in their own special Guitar Hero game.  RHCP would be the fourth band to appear to their own Guitar Hero entry, following in the footsteps of  Arrosmith, Val Halen and Metallica.

Kotaku reader forwarded the survey to the blog, which described the game as similar to previous band-centric GH titles; the track list would mostly come from the band, with a few songs from guest artists hand-picked by the band.  The survey implies that, though the track list will have albums from every part of the band’s history, it will focus on “Californication”, “By the Way” and their upcoming new album.

Activision has not made any kind of official comment confirming or denying the game, and there is no word on when the game would be released.  That said, given that the Chili Peppers’ new album probably won’t drop until this Fall, the game almost certainly won’t be coming before then.  if the game is coming in 2010, there will likely be an official announcement in the near future, possibly at E3 in June.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Trailer

Sorry it took so long to post, but here’s the debut trailer for the newly-announced “Call of Duty: Black Ops.”  To speak frankly, this is the biggest tease of a trailer ever.  I think I know less about the game AFTER watching it.  Based on the series of very quick-cut shots, there are a few of possibilities for what the game could be about.

1)  The game has a modern setting, and takes place in the Jungle.

2)  The game takes place during the Vietnam war

3)  The game is a rip-off of “Assassin’s Creed”, and involves a series of historical sequences being re-lived at a later date.

Rumors have suggested that the game will take place during a bunch of key points during the Cold War – Cuba, Vietnam, etc – which is also a completely realistic possibility.

Activision Announces Call of Duty: Black Ops

Remember when I said that the next Call of Duty game would “most likely” be set during the Vietnam War?

Yeah, well…  Sorry about that.

Activision announced today that the next game in the Call of Duty series will be “Call of Duty: Black Ops”.  As previously expected, the new game will be developed by secondary Call of Duty studio Treyarch.  On the other hand, rumors and loose indicators that that the new game would be set in Vietnam turned out to be misleading, as the title strongly indicates a modern setting.  In their press release, Activision declares “Black Ops” to be; “an entirely new chapter in the groundbreaking and record-setting, No. 1 first-person action series of all-time.”  The decision to follow Modern Warfare 2 with another modern-themed game makes sense, maximizing any and all similarities between the two to draw a larger return audience.

In their release, Activision also dated the new game, and apparently they will be keeping their promise of making “Call of Duty” an annual phenomenon:  “Black Ops” will be in stores on November 7th.