Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced today at a corporate shareholder meeting that “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” will not be released until early 2011. The tactical shooter, originally set to be released in time for this year’s Christmas rush, will now be released during the company’s “March quarter.” Guillemot attributed the decision to better timing, adding that the extra months will also help the development team “realize their vision.”
Of course, when Ubisoft says “better timing” in a “competitive market,” they actually mean that they’ve deemed it prudent to avoid direct competition with “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which is set to hit stores on November 8th. Realistically it’s the right decision; who would really want to face off against the follow-up to the most successful video game of all time, especially with a game in the same genre? Still, it’s unfortunate – despite knowing little about the game, at least “Future Soldier” isn’t mired by the air of scandal surrounding the “Call of Duty” franchise.
Regardless of how you feel about “CoD”, bummed out “Ghost Recon” fans can still take solace in the fact that an early build of the game will be unveiled at E3 next month.
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.
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.