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Next “Call of Duty” Will Most Likely be Set in Vietnam

Activision has already announced that the next entry in the Call of Duty series will be released some time during 2010.  The next entry, the seventh game if you include the “Modern Warfare” series, is being developed by Treyarch, who worked less popular entries in the series like “Call of Duty 3” and “World at War”.  Treyarch is looking to shake off of the stigma of being “those other Call of Duty guys” by taking the series somewhere it’s never been: Vietnam.  Rumors of a Call of Duty game in Vietnam go all the way back to early rumors about COD 4, (what became Modern Warfare) but it’s never actually been done.

Treyarch’s decision was pseudo-confirmed by Videogaming247.com, when they got word of a casting call from Activision for four actors to do voice-over and motion-capture work for characters from “Military Assistance command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations group” a real-life unit that was active from 1964-1972.  Recent rumors have indicated that the plot of the game may be based on classic Vietnam films like “Platoon” and “Apocalypse Now”

1up.com predicts that the game will hit shelves in November, which would make sense given that Activision is still in casting.  Also, with that timing would the game would go on sale about a full year after “Modern Warfare 2”; Activision said that they plan to release a new entry in the series once a year.

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Warner Bros Interactive Acquires Rocksteady

It was announced today that Warner Bros Interactive has purchased “Arkham Asylum” developer Rocksteady.  Rocksteady announced late last year that they had begun working on a sequel to the game, which critics considered to be one of the best games of 2009.  For, Warner Bros, who definitely had their biggest hit ever last year with “Arkham Asylum”, the move ensure that they have a high-class developer for their projects, which are mostly based on WB’s film and television licenses.  Though the producer has worked on some high-profile games (Enter the Matrix), many of them have been declared middle-of-the-road by critics.  Buying Rocksteady giving them the in-house muscle to create strong games based on their products, which include Lord of the Rings, DC Comics and Looney Toons.

Though the deal definitely has strong short-term benefits for both sides, Rocksteady may regret the decision five years from now when they are forced to make a game about Bugs Bunny rather than some more interesting project that they could have pursued if they were independent.